What We Do
AS A SOCIAL IMPACT CONSULTING FIRM we help companies, foundations and individuals make a difference. Our work gets to the heart of the matter. We break silos because it takes more than any one check or policy or letter to tackle big issues like economic security, human rights or climate sustainability. We prescribe a custom formula of advocacy, collaboration, investment, philanthropy, policy and new ways of doing business in order to help you make progress.
The process begins with a simple question: What do you want to achieve? The answer becomes the North Star to turn that passion into a purpose. Articulating a mission and architecting a roadmap to reach that end is where Giving Strong comes in. We work with you to build real-world programs that make real social change. Our work is thoughtful, strategic and custom for each client.
- Strategic Planning
- Mission and Vision Development
- Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment + Programming
- Crisis and Issues Management
- Program Development + Evaluation
- Change Management
- Sustainability Reporting
FINANCIAL CAPITAL DEPLOYMENT
- Grant Making
- Impact Investing Counsel
- Philanthropic Advisory
- Scholarship Programs
- Stakeholder Communications
- Thought Leadership
- Issues Advocacy + Public Affairs
- Public Relations
- Community Relations
- Content Marketing, development and distribution
Who We Are
Christen Graham brought together her head and her heart when she founded Giving Strong. In previous tenures as a journalist, public relations professional and executive, she intentionally incorporated social impact into her work. Christen has worked with pioneers of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, leading academic institutions, modern foundations and influential media. She has given voice to underserved people and built programs that foster opportunity. Christen advocates for immigrants by serving on the board of ProsperityME, activates women to be impact investors by serving on the steering committee of Invest for Better, and mentors young people as a Fresh Air Fund host. She is a Tufts University graduate.
Giving Strong's Christen Graham talks with MaineBiz about impact investing, from getting started to impact measurement standards. Read on about how once investors know what they own, they can be intentional about aligning their investments with their values.
In this Maine Monitor article by Marina Schauffler, Giving Strong's Christen Graham weighs in on the options for non-accredited investors to be impact investors. You don't have to be rich to invest in what matters.
Green Money Journal: Sustainable investments that foundations can make for people and the planet by Christen Graham
In the midst of a climate emergency Giving Strong's Christen Graham offers actions that any foundation, no matter the size, can take, combing grantmaking and sustainable investing that will have immediate impact. They range from reconsidering ESG to place-based...