As a funder, you often influence how a grantee deploys its resources, and your agenda drives priorities and trends across the sector. Remember when every nonprofit was suddenly scrambling to put up a mission, vision and theory of change on their website? Donor-driven. Have you noticed the increased emphasis on measurement and impact evaluation over the past decade? Donor-driven. 

You also know that simply putting money into an organization does not always translate to increased social impact. Many 501(c)(3)’s and social businesses need more than capital and a sound strategic plan– they require foundational leadership and management capabilities that allow them to attract, develop and retain diverse top talent reflective of the communities they serve and capable of effectively implementing their strategies. 

And that’s where AchieveMission comes in. We have been proud to operate in tandem with funders on the leading edge of another recent trend in philanthropic giving: investments in leadership development and talent management that center race equity. Since our inception a decade ago, we have partnered with major foundations and funders to design targeted leadership development capacity-building support for individual organizations and, more recently, cohorts of grantees. As an early operator in this space, we have been thrilled to play a small role in increasing the awareness of the importance of these investments. And we have increasingly experienced and become advocates for the necessity of integrating and anti-racist and anti-oppression lens into all of the talent and leadership development work that we undertake. 

So, if you are seeking true impact and looking for the most “bang for your buck,” we can partner with you and empower your grantees to build the leadership practices and behaviors they need to effectively deploy your capital. Strong leaders and organizations with a liberatory perspective are a critical prerequisite for creating the lasting impact you hope to see in the world. So give us a call.


In 2015, Higher Achievement recognized that it needed its talent systems and practices to catch up with its recent expansion, and the organization received a large federal grant that finally allowed such work to be funded. After winning a competitive RFP process, AchieveMission partnered with Higher Achievement on a six-month Talent Initiative project.

AchieveMission began working with BDT in 2016 to help President and CEO Ginger Zielinskie and her team evaluate their organizational structure and talent systems against the organization’s ambitious growth goals; design the structure, systems and culture they would need to support their rapid expansion; and create a 3-year transition plan to support their evolution.

AchieveMission has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Harlem Children’s Zone that began in 2015 as thought partnering and coaching with the HR executive of this large, multi-site and nationally recognized organization with over 2,300 staff members. Since then, we have worked in deep partnership to develop two custom cohort-based leadership development programs targeting senior and mid-level leaders.

Interested in working together? Reach out to get started!