It starts by listening.

We work closely with clients in a trusted relationship, listening to their needs and learning about their goals. We then bring our areas of expertise to help clients pursue learning objectives, understand and communicate their impact, and advance their mission.


We conduct strategic research projects to deepen the knowledge base of our clients' impact areas and that support the community-centric projects and investments we undertake. We are skilled at understanding the key questions necessary to ensure research is tailored to answer the right questions. We utilize a variety of resources and methodologies that encompass both qualitative and quantitative research. We have led learning initiatives to understand:

  • Characteristics of and diversity in entrepreneurial ecosystems

  • Opportunity Zone designations 

  • Capital needs assessments 

  • Trends and needs of rural communities across Appalachia

  • Community needs assessments

With experience in designing, analyzing, and communicating research, we offer turnkey solutions for your learning opportunity needs. 


We help clients understand their impact, increase their capacity, and deliver on their strategic priorities. We work with clients in a variety of ways, across a variety of needs. Most often our consulting work centers on:

  • Stakeholder Feedback & Engagement

  • Impact Framework Design / Theory of Change Articulation

  • Impact Measurement, Analysis, and Communication

  • Program Analysis & Growth Strategies

  • Capacity Building & Training

  • New Markets Tax Credit Application Development & Project Impact Analysis

Let us know how we can help you achieve your goals. 

Investing & Capital Coordination

We invest directly in communities through our partnership with Chestnut Funds to launch Chestnut Opportunity Zone Fund. Chestnut Opportunity Zone Fund is a double-bottom line fund investing in transformative real estate projects that provide both financial and social returns.  Learn more about our investment strategy here.

We also strongly believe that by understanding the goals and requirements of various capital sources not only for real estate but also for operating business, social enterprises, and not-for-profits, we are better equipped to help mobilize additional investment in key impact areas. We work to inform, organize, and develop opportunities that engage our broad network around transformative projects. We work with a variety of organizations that when coordinated, multiply the impact we can all bring to a community. Our network spans:

  • Community Development Finance Institutions 

  • Tax Credit Professionals & Allocatees

  • Foundations 

  • Not-For-Profits

  • Impact & Community Focused Businesses

Come be a part of our community. We would love to hear how we can help your business or organization engage new partners.

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