MSC consultants can guide every phase of a grantmaker’s work, from developing a strategy to designing strategic components to putting the strategy into action. Our services include:
In the past ten years MSC has worked with dozens of grantmakers in nearly every field of social change.
- Sexuality Research Initiative
Designed and facilitated exchange and meeting process among scholars and activists to better shape adolescent sexuality policy debate.
- Field Scan and Report
MSC report Fertile Ground documents stories of women organizing their communities to bring solutions to a range of critical issues at the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice. Fertile Ground focused on helping groups strengthen joint policy work, strategy, and infrastructure in the reproductive justice and environmental justice sectors.
- Groundswell Capacity Building Program
MSC designed and implemented capacity building program for grantees.
- Move to End Violence Against Women and Girls
MSC partnered with the NoVo Foundation and the Rockwood Leadership Institute on a 10-year strategic initiative that supports leadership cohorts working to end violence against women and children.
- Stakeholder Analysis and Landscape Map
Using surveys, interviews, and other research, MSC assessed the infrastructure and models for improving public education in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
- Leadership Pipeline Initiative
MSC supported the design and implementation of FCYO’s Leadership Pipeline, a multiyear strategy to sustain social change efforts by cultivating the leadership of low-income youth of color, systemically and intentionally, over time.
- Regenerations – Healthy Communities Initiative
MSC supported the design and implementation FCYO’s Regenerations: Healthy Communities Initiative to support youth organizing groups to address the root causes of childhood obesity with a specific focus on improving access to healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food in schools and communities.
MSC developed a field map and assessment, and helped expand field and sector resources. MSC produced a field map that was used to create a new collaborative fund.
- Boys and Men of Color Project
MSC designed and developed structure for statewide Boys and Men of Color network.
- Youth Engagement Strategy
MSC designed community engagement model and youth engagement model for 10-year initiative.
- Strong Families Initiative
MSC collaborated with Forward Together to build the strategic and communications capacity of Strong Families. Activities included: Mama’s Day, anti-choice billboard responses, and anti-shackling efforts.
- ECHO Project
MSC provided research and case studies for ECHO, a project launched by The Center for Media Justice, The Praxis Project, Progressive Communicators Network, smartMeme, and Miami Workers Center/Florida New Majority “to build the collaborative communications infrastructure, skills, and strategy we’ll need to defend ourselves against right-wing attacks and to shift the dominant narrative towards social justice and systemic change.”
- Out of the Spiritual Closet
Out of the Spiritual Closet: Organizers Transforming the Practice of Social Justice, the first in MSC’s series on Transformative Movement Building, dives into the experiences of individual social justice leaders as they integrate spiritual, creative or otherwise transformative practice into their lives and social justice work. The report introduces Transformative Movement Building as an approach and framework, provides a cultural analysis of where the social justice movement is stuck and how it is being transformed through intentional practice, and showcases the stories of leaders who have begun their own transformations.
- United Workers Congress
Coordinates the United Workers Congress (UWC), a network of national worker alliances – domestic workers, day laborers, restaurant workers, welfare workers, farm workers, taxi workers, guest workers, and more – all excluded from labor protection by law or practice.
- Civic Engagement Strategy
MSC partnered with the Solidago Foundation to organize a strategy session with a small group of key practitioners and funders to discuss ways to promote effective political and electoral organizing in the 2012 electoral cycle and beyond.
- Strategy and Design Development
MSC facilitated the strategy development for this reproductive justice visioning and strategic alignment process. MSC continues to serve as a strategy advisor to the initiative.
- Gender Jobs and Justice
MSC helped define the strategic alignment of grantees, the field and policy opportunities to advance, and grant-making and capacity building approach to advance opportunities.
- Mapping Project
MSC developed the field map and concept: defining gender justice as an integrating framework.
- Strategic Plan
MSC guided a process and report development that resulted in creation of Race and Place, Building a Movement, and Strategic Opportunity Support programs and framework for capacity building for racial justice organizing and movement building.
- Strategic Advising
MSC provided philanthropic advising on integration of youth organizing, electoral and campus funding streams.