Our Practice

We offer advice on strategy, due diligence, partnership opportunities, and best practices in philanthropy. Christine Sherry brings a thirty-year career of leadership in the foundation sector, business, law and global affairs to her consulting. She engages a team of researchers whose talents are specifically matched to client needs. In addition to her specialized coaching, Christine teaches philanthropy through the Stanford Continuing Studies program.


• On February 2nd, Christine facilitated the first “Advocacy is Everywhere” Deep Dive Workshop at the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) in Redwood City. In this workshop, she explored the ways in which advocacy can play an essential role toward social change, as participants consider how advocacy can be an effective element of their philanthropic toolkit. The event featured guest speakers Amanda Stanley, Executive Director of COMPASS Science Communications, and Rebekah Saul Butler, Co-Executive Director of The Grove Foundation. Further information can be found here.

• This fall, Christine returned to Stanford Continuing Studies to teach a new course entitled Philanthropy 2017: New Politics, New Realities. Since the November 2016 election, America has witnessed a dramatic shift in its political climate and policy priorities. The course explored the ways in which nonprofits, philanthropists, and the general public have mobilized resources and developed an organized response on a variety of issues ranging from immigration and environmental protection, to health care and civil rights.

• On March 29th, Christine was in conversation with Dave Peery of the Peery Foundation at a special event for the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre in Seattle, Washington. The event also highlighted our two-part publication that brings to life the theory and practice of philanthropy, authored by Sherry Consulting with the Philanthropy Centre of J.P. Morgan. The report can be found here.

• On March 12th, Christine moderated a panel for the Social Impact Collective’s Discovery Weekend in Half Moon Bay. The event brought together a cohort of individuals to share insights into philanthropic practices such as impact evaluation, assessing nonprofit organizations, and navigating family foundations. Christine’s session explored some of the challenges that multi-generational families face in making decisions on philanthropy and social impact. The panel featured Matthew and Jason Goldman of the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, as well as Megan McTiernan of the Thomson Family Foundation.

Publications & Insights

Report: Making an Impact: A Guide to Strategic Philanthropy, a collaboration with the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre.

News: Arts Funding

Arts Funding

Funding for arts and culture remains a significant but somewhat less important priority for corporations and U.S. foundations, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds.

The report, Arts Funding at Twenty-Five: What Data and Analysis Continue to Tell Funders About the Field (PDF, 16 pages), found that estimated giving for the arts by U.S. foundations totaled $4.9 billion in 2014, up from $3.7 billion in 2000. After adjusting for inflation, the value of foundation support for the arts declined by 3 percent over that period. Continue reading here.