Philanthropic management, strategic consulting, and coaching services for funders and funder networks
Achieve Your Vision
As a field with a long time horizon, a wide vantage point, and relatively few constraints, we believe philanthropy has an important role to play in driving social impact — especially in addressing persistent, complex social challenges.
Good philanthropy is surprisingly difficult to accomplish, but we’re here to help. We support high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as corporate and institutional foundations, to articulate and execute their philanthropic visions. We provide philanthropic management, strategic consulting, and coaching services for funders and funder networks. And we offer our broader strategic consulting services to funders and their grantees.
We help our clients think expansively and avoid narrow problem definitions, silver-bullet solutions, and the seduction of herd mentality. Because funders are frequently removed from the problems they are attempting to solve and the people they aspire to serve, we help them to be informed by both those experiencing and those working on the issues they care about and develop processes that create conditions for grantees to do their best work.
Our goal is to help you create meaningful and effective philanthropy: Funding that aligns with your deepest values and aspirations and that follows evidence-based strategies that drive impact.
Receive Tailored Services
From back office support to strategic consulting and beyond, get the services you need in the ways you want them.
Leverage Our Diverse Team
Access unique insights to achieve your philanthropic vision from our talented team, representing a range of backgrounds and disciplines, and diverse expertise across the philanthropic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors.
Lean Into Your Growth
Whether you’re looking to sharpen your skills as a leader or team, develop a learning agenda for a group, or track the outcomes from your investments, our team of strategists, coaches, and researchers can help you enhance your learning and elevate your practice.
Do More Than Give
Creating social impact often requires giving time and talent in addition to money. We can help you roll up your sleeves, whether that involves serving on boards, hosting events, engaging with other funders, or otherwise supporting your grantees.
We offer a full suite of services that can support you from ideation to execution.
Get the support you need as a high-net-worth individual or family, private foundation, or other funder to execute meaningful and effective philanthropy.Learn More
Work in concert with other funders to solve the world’s most complex problems. We design, facilitate, and manage funder networks that emphasize learning, relationship building, and aligned action.Learn More
Leverage our expertise in philanthropy and nonprofit management to nurture confidence, self-awareness, and readiness through services designed for philanthropists and philanthropic professionals and teams.Learn More
Research & Evaluation
Make evidence-based funding decisions by leveraging our rigorous, human-centered research and evaluation services designed to equip you with the data you need to inform your giving strategy and drive meaningful social change.Learn More
See what leaders from across the philanthropic sector say about working with our team.
"Our partnership with Third Plateau helped us create a framework from which we could revise the fund’s mission in response to the current social, political, and economic issues impacting the communities we support."
Luisa Adrianzen Guyer
President, Penney Family Fund
"Third Plateau have been indispensable over the past five years in rallying an ever-more vibrant network of advocates, commentators, scholars, NGO leaders, funders, and politicos who are committed to working on a transpartisan basis to strengthen U.S. democracy."
Former Director of U.S. Democracy Program, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
"Since I began working with Third Plateau, I’ve gained a level of strategic clarity about my philanthropy that I couldn’t have imagined."
President & Founder, Pritzker Innovation Fund
We are honored to work with funders and funder networks from across the social sector.