Christine Sherry founded and leads Sherry Consulting, a philanthropic advisory practice. Her select clients include established and new foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private donors who are deeply committed to developing powerful philanthropic strategies as they tackle some of the most pressing global and domestic problems of our time. Christine advises on strategy, due diligence, partnership opportunities and best practices in philanthropy.
This fall, Christine will return 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 will explore smart ways to track impact, grantee-centric practices, the latest thinking on spend-out foundations, techniques for leveraging due diligence, emerging issues attracting new philanthropic attention, and high-impact nonprofit models. The class is aimed at foundation trustees and staff, advisors, and nonprofit teams of all experience levels and will take place on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Registration for the “Philanthropy in the Age of Innovation” workshop is now open via the Continuing Studies website.
In April, Christine spoke at the Skoll World Forum on how funders track their grantmaking impact. For details on the forum, visit its website.
On March 5, Christine returned to Stanford Continuing Studies to hold a day-long seminar adapted from her five-week course on nonprofit leadership. The class, “Building Strong Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations,” drew on interactive exercises, case studies, and guest speakers to explore the importance of supporting—and strategies for cultivating—strong leadership in the nonprofit sector. For more details, read Christine’s article based on the class.
In 2014, the John and Wauna Harman Foundation commissioned Sherry Consulting to conduct a field scan examining the landscape of U.S. philanthropic funding around end-of-life issues, with an emphasis on work involving media and public engagement. In 2015, the Foundation elected to update the scan and make it public. Over several months, we surveyed the broader history of funding in the space and assembled a series of profiles highlighting select key players (both funders and organizations) currently active; funders who had exited the field but whose earlier contributions were formative; and seminal documents and reports. The final scan is now available on the Harman Foundation’s website and on our own.
Last year, Christine worked with a research team convened by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to explore the challenges facing nonprofit fundraisers. The project’s first installment, a report by Cynthia Gibson titled Beyond Fundraising, came out in February, along with an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. View continuing updates on the project here.