We retained Walch Consulting to help us better align our foundation investments with the interests and values of our company, including moving from a foundation that invests solely in the United States to one that makes strategic philanthropic investments in countries where we do business, especially India, China and Brazil.
In a relatively short timeframe, Walch Consulting helped us develop a unique and innovative focus for our efforts, both domestically and internationally, implementing projects in India, China and Ohio that have been widely praised by our global business leaders.
Their combined expertise spans a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from strategic planning, management, project implementation and internal/external communications to cross-border grantmaking, governance and self-dealing.
We find ourselves increasingly seeking out their views on issues involving our foundation and company philanthropic investments, as well as the relationship between the two.
As the person responsible for leading both our philanthropic investments and employee engagement efforts, I have particularly appreciated their wise and experienced counsel. Bottom line—both our foundation board and I enjoy working with them and highly value their expertise.
Alicia Procello Maddox
President, Avery Dennison Foundation/Senior Director, Community Investment, Avery Dennison, Inc.
We have been teaming with Walch Consulting for many years with great success to help us develop and support the strategic direction of our corporate foundation as well as work with our grantees and clients to focus their efforts, expand their reach, increase revenues and implement cost-effective ways to streamline their activities.
They provide a unique combination of leadership and management coaching and consulting--not just providing advice, but educating on best practices and legal requirements on the most significant strategic issues as well as day-to-day implementation.
Particularly important to me, they are accessible thought partners—providing practical, creative options to address challenges as they arise.
Their breadth of experience and expertise allows them to be a one-stop shop for the challenges facing our foundation, clients and grantees. And, most importantly, we all love working with them.
WME Foundation and Corporate Social Responsibility
We hired Walch Consulting to help us think strategically through a period of transition at our private foundation. They were able to help us reevaluate our values, mission and vision, and their leadership was just what we needed to get focused. Their knowledge of operational models and planning processes has been invaluable.
Having retained Walch Consulting to help us focus our efforts and increase our domestic and international grantmaking impact, I did not anticipate the overall impact they would have throughout our foundation as a result of their breadth of knowledge and experience. As they learned more about our foundation, I found them increasingly helpful on a whole slew of issues, including cross-border grantmaking, financial reporting, meeting IRS requirements, relationships with collaborators, streamlining processes, as well as defining roles and responsibilities.
On a personal level, their coaching and support helped me sharpen my leadership skills and address some particularly challenging issues with greater clarity.
Most importantly, Richard and Nancy helped breathe new life and energy into our office. They are thoughtful, wise, and creative people who have a real desire to engage their clients and we have truly benefited as a result of their enthusiasm and passion for this work.
M. Night Shyamalan Foundation
Walch Consulting helped us build our foundation from the bottom-up. I am impressed with their professionalism, expertise, dedication and energy. Their experience, combined with a strong sense of commitment and enthusiasm, are a winning combination.
Founder/President, Children's Neurobiological Solutions Foundation
An excellent trainer, mentor and facilitator, Nancy is easy to work with and gets the job done. She created a process for dialogue, support and problem solving that enabled directors of leading and emerging organizations to work together to develop their leadership and management skills. Her experience in the cultural, educational and social service fields provides her with a wealth of multi-disciplinary skills. Her unique experience in both the nonprofit and corporate philanthropic sectors enables her to provide invaluable insight and assistance to her clients.
The Japanese American National Museum
Walch Consulting brought objectivity and effective strategies to help make Nissan Foundation more reflective of Nissan North America's corporate goals, values and culture. Hands-on, responsive and inclusive of the different perspectives of key stakeholders, Walch Consulting helped create an efficient planning and grantmaking implementation process, when we simply didn't have the staff or time to devote to it ourselves. It's been very enlightening.
Former, Senior Manager, Internal Communications, Nissan North America, Inc.