Griot Arts


Founded in 2011, Griot Arts is a creative youth development organization in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Griot empowers at-risk youth to create positive change in their lives and their community through the arts. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Griot engaged The Whelan Group (TWG) to develop a five-year strategic plan and to map out a [...]

The Cooper Union

Located in Manhattan, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is among the nation’s oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher education. As a very public debate about The Cooper Union’s finances and tuition policy took hold both inside the college and throughout the broader community, the board and president of the [...]

EcoMedia, a CBS Company

For the past 15 years, EcoMedia has successfully harnessed the power of advertising and channeled it into tangible social change. Acquired by CBS in 2010, EcoMedia’s product offerings—the EducationAd, WellnessAd, EcoAd, and Viewers to Volunteers (V2V)—are built around a model that channels millions of dollars from corporate advertising budgets to nonprofit organizations across the country. [...]

Hoboken Dual Language Charter School


An entrepreneurial kindergarten through eighth grade charter school located in Hoboken, New Jersey, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) offers a dual language (Spanish/English) curriculum that seeks to foster a culture of academic success and nurture the social-emotional and personal development of each child. Integral to HoLa’s success is its ability to offer value-added programming [...]

Spring Initiative

Founded in 2011, Spring Initiative is an intensive, community-based after-school program for at-risk students enrolled in Clarksdale, Mississippi’s public school system. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Spring Initiative engaged TWG to manage a comprehensive strategic planning process that involved a broad cross section of community stakeholders. The resulting plan mapped out a five-year [...]



Based in New York City, The LAMP, is an innovative nonprofit on the leading edge of education-based technology. The program serves at-risk and underserved populations that often lack access to media tools. The LAMP provides hands-on learning opportunities for students, parents, and educators and teaches them how to comprehend, create, and critique media.  One of [...]

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol


This Harlem-based youth development organization provides long-term support services to Black and Latino youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) operates after school care and other programs with a focus on leadership development and academic achievement. TWG was asked to guide the board, the executive staff, and a range [...]

Social Impact Exchange

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The Social Impact Exchange is a nonprofit intermediary created to advance a revolutionary idea—using private equity-style strategies to scale nonprofit organizations that have an effective, evidence-based solution to a significant social problem. Working with the organization’s president and leadership team, TWG developed a business plan that called for groups of foundations and philanthropists to join [...]

Marymount School of New York


Marymount School of New York is one of the city’s most prestigious private schools for girls. TWG was retained as campaign consultant to assist the board in raising $20 million to acquire, renovate, and furnish a townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to house Marymount’s Middle School program. Providing oversight for the work of the [...]

Pratt Institute


Pratt Institute is one of the world’s leading colleges of art, design, and architecture. On the cusp of its 125th anniversary, the Brooklyn-based institution retained TWG to guide a comprehensive strategic planning process that would drive the school’s educational mission and vision for the next decade. TWG’s inclusive planning process sought advice from all stakeholders [...]

The School of American Ballet

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Established by legendary choreographer George Balanchine in 1934, the School of American Ballet (SAB) is today the premier ballet academy in the United States. At a time when the school anticipated needing significant new resources, the president asked TWG to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the school’s fundraising and communication functions and to explore the [...]