Simplifying Strategy: Peer Learning Session for Corporate Philanthropy

Wed, February 10, 2016,
8:30am to 10:30am PST
2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650 Seattle, WA 98121

Philanthropy Northwest is delighted to host a peer learning session on CSR strategy tools on the morning of Wednesday, February 10. Come hear a presentation by FSG Managing Directors Greg Hills and Patty Russell on their recent publication, “Simplifying Strategy: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Societal Engagement,” and engage in an interactive discussion with your fellow CSR executives in the northwest. Learn about best practices in transforming a CSR portfolio from legacy giving to a results-focused, business-aligned societal engagement. Hear how to apply three practical strategy tools — intent matrix, issue monitor and impact models — as critical guides for corporate executives. Breakfast available at 8 a.m., program runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (PST)


8 - 8:30 a.m.  Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Introductions + Exploration of Critical Strategic Questions
8:50 - 9:55 a.m. Strategy Tools + Examples
9:55 - 10:30 a.m. Applying Tools in Your Work

About Greg Hills

Greg Hills is Managing Director in the Boston office of FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm helping corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and governments around the world create large-scale, lasting social change. He has over 20 years of consulting experience and leads FSG’s CSR practice, having advised dozens of corporations on improving their societal engagement efforts. Greg has authored numerous influential white papers and speaks frequently around the world on innovative approaches to social change. His work spans issues of education, health, environment, agriculture, and economic development. Prior to FSG, Greg worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte and managed USAID programs focused on sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Greg earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.

About Patty Russell

Patty Russell is a Managing Director in FSG’s Seattle office and leads the Catalytic Philanthropy approach area. She has led a variety of engagements at FSG, including projects focused on global health, evaluation, CSR, shared value, and community-based philanthropy. Recent work includes designing a shared value initiative for a multinational consumer healthcare company, creating a financial sustainability plan for the national hospital in Tanzania , and collaborating with a major U.S. retailer on the launch of its flagship literacy initiative. Prior to joining FSG, Patty worked on evaluation and strategy projects as a manager of business planning at Biogen Idec, a Boston-based biotechnology firm. She has authored several white papers and articles, including “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World” in Stanford Social Innovation Review and “Shared Value in Emerging Markets." Patty earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College.

About FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at

About Philanthropy Northwest

Philanthropy Northwest is the network for philanthropists of all types who are committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We promote, facilitate and drive collaborative action by community investors to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities.

Please note that we will be planning a follow-up, interactive event online for members who cannot attend in person.

Please contact Kristen Holway at or 206-267-9954 with questions regarding this program.