Increase your social impact 


In a world where social problems seem to be scaling faster than solutions, we help our clients significantly increase the impact of their nonprofit and philanthropic work. Drawing on Heather's 20+ years of experience as a social entrepreneur, advisor and author--and the wisdom of our partners and teams--we develop customized solutions to fit our clients' situations. Whether it's scaling impact, transforming an organization, developing leaders, or building networks, we can help.


New forms of collaboration are deepening the impact of our work at McLeod-Grant Advisors.

Heather McLeod Grant and Alexa Cortes Culwell of Philanthropy Futures are pleased to announce that our firms are now partnering together on several major projects and exploring new ways to bring fresh content and offerings to deepen the impact of philanthropy and social sector leaders.

Our current projects include:

  • Designing a cross-sector board leadership program for mid-career corporate leaders to serve on high-performing, fast-growth nonprofit boards, for Echoing Green
  • Leading a strategic planning and design process for Peer Health Exchange to help imagine their next phase of growth and impact
  • Presenting the workshop “Building Resilient Organizations and Networks” at the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute in September 2015 

For nearly two decades, Alexa built and managed foundations, philanthropic initiatives and strategic grants for successful entrepreneurs, serving as CEO at the Charles Schwab Foundation and later as CEO at the Stupski Foundation. She is currently a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. A frequent writer, speaker and advisor on how philanthropy and nonprofit leaders can create greater impact, Alexa is the author of Local Resources for Local Needs in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, examining how Silicon Valley philanthropy could better address nonprofit needs in its own backyard. Alexa has been cited in the Harvard Business Review, San Jose Mercury News, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

We are excited to see our reach and impact expand through this collaboration, and will be sharing about new project outcomes in the season ahead.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

What makes great nonprofits great? 

Not large budgets. Not snazzy marketing. Not perfect management. The answer is not what you might think. 

Named a "Top 10 Business Book of the Year" by The Economist. 

Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network

With support from the James Irvine Foundation, this unique initiative seeks to build a network of cross-sector civic leaders for collective action in the California San Joaquin Valley.

Heather McLeod-Grant is the Managing Director for the Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network. 

Additional Publications & Projects

To view additional publications written by Heather McLeod-Grant, including the Re-Amp Case Study, click the icon above to link to Heather's LinkedIn profile.