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 is a visiting practitioner with the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and teaches philanthropy through the Stanford Continuing Studies program.


• On February 20th, Christine will moderate the opening plenary panel of the 2017 National Summit on Family Philanthropy, a two-day conference for donors and philanthropic professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities within the field. Since 2011, the National Summit has provided family donors with concrete recommendations and resources for improving their giving practices. Christine’s opening panel will explore how the disruptive thinking prominent in the technology community is shifting new philanthropic trends in focus, impact, and legacy. The panel will feature Julie Hanna, execitive chair of Kiva; Bob Maxfield, co-founder of ROLM Corporation; Cindy Mercer, co-founder of Planet Heritage Foundation; and Deborah Rappaport, president of the Rappaport Family Foundation.

The event is invitation-only and sponsored by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Further information can be found here.

On November 30th, Christine was featured in the presentation “How to Maximize Philanthropic Impact” for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. The event gathered influential thought leaders and philanthropists for a dynamic and interactive conversation on how to drive meaningful change. The event also marked the launch of a 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.

This fall, Christine returned to Stanford Continuing Studies with “Philanthropy in the Age of Innovation,” a day-long workshop focused on new approaches to strategic giving. Incorporating concrete tools and resources, a variety of case studies, and a panel of guest speakers, the seminar explored innovative methods of impact tracking; grantee-centric giving; techniques for leveraging due diligence; and emerging issues of philanthropic attention.

Publications & Insights

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

Blog: Philanthropy Under a Trump Presidency: Nonprofits Prepare for Challenges Ahead

The upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump has left many philanthropists wondering what to expect for the next four years and how to respond accordingly. Although it remains unclear to what extent he will carry through with his promises, the nonprofit sector is anticipating changes to the following issues based upon Trump’s remarks throughout the campaign and presidential transition. Continue reading here.