The GLG Social Impact Fellowship leverages GLG’s learning platform to help top social entrepreneurs answer their organization’s critical strategic and operational questions, at no cost. Through the two-year Fellowship, ambitious and visionary nonprofit and social enterprise leaders learn in tailored interactions with experts across GLG’s membership and with each other.
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Each year of the Fellowship begins with an in-person convening at GLG’s offices in New York City or Austin. At the convening, Fellows learn how to use the GLG platform, meet the people of GLG and each other. We work closely with Fellows to identify the top challenges facing their organizations and set learning objectives to meet those challenges.
Tailored learning opportunities include phone consultations with subject matter experts, in-person meetings, roundtable discussions, teleconferences, and workshops.
Dedicated GLG research professionals serve as thought partners for Fellows and their management teams. Research professionals design engagements that provide insight to better inform strategy, address challenges, and help organizations maximize impact.
Fellows and their teams have access to GLG’s dynamic, year-round events in addition to custom learning engagements.
Through our selection process, we seek a set of characteristics critical to the success of our Social Impact Fellows and their organizations.
Learn more about the selection criteria and the Fellowship offering:
“Before a member of my executive team approaches me with a challenge, I ask that they speak with GLG to put us in touch with the best thinkers inside and outside our industry to help us build the world’s first aspirational home improvement company and make good on our promise to make healthy and sustainable homes normal.”
TreeHouse, Co-Founder & CEO
“The GLG Social Impact Fellowship is among the most valuable Fellowships I've encountered. Without GLG, we’d have had to spend significant time and capital on expert consultants. At this stage in Drinkwell’s growth, expertise is more difficult to find than funding and GLG has been a game changer for us.”
Drinkwell, Co-Founder & CEO
The Future Project
The Future Project (TFP) is devoted to providing students with the necessary skills to change the world before they graduate high school. The TFP team wanted to learn about best practices in talent management. Through conversations with GLG Council Members, TFP created its Employee Journey Mapping. It is the organization’s first tool to track an employee’s complete experience arc. This system includes features to ensure rigorous on-boarding, performance evaluation, career-pathing, internal transitions, off-boarding, and post exit strategy. The leadership team was also able to collect data and determine future goals from this tool.
City Health Works
City Health Works needed to understand how to incorporate its in-home health services into the broader NYC healthcare system through government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. GLG helped City Health Works learn about inclusions that will enable them to bill to these programs by speaking with a non-profit health insurance executive and the Director of Medical Economics at a large managed care organization. City Health Works is now better positioned to engage with New York State regulations and reach more patients after coming regulatory changes to Medicaid.
Compass Working Group
Compass Working Capital provides financial coaching and savings programs to low-income families, empowering them to build assets and savings as a pathway out of poverty. Compass envisioned several strategies to expand its programming and worked with GLG to explore potential partnerships and necessary infrastructure upgrades to support their expansion strategy. Through conversations with both affordable housing developers and employee benefits managers, Compass improved their understanding of for-profit housing authorities and employment-based service providers as potential partners in their national rollout.
Team Rubicon (TR) maintains a roster of nearly 50,000 volunteers, including 45,000 military veterans, standing by to respond to global emergencies. TR joined the GLG Fellowship as they prepared to hire a Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing the protection of volunteers’ information. To help the team learn what to look for in candidates, GLG connected them with a number of high-level information security professionals at banks, universities, and other major institutions. As a result, TR was better able to assess candidates and successfully developed security policies to present to their board of directors.
East Bali Cashews
East Bali Cashews needed to navigate Amazon.com’s sales systems in order to bring its cashews to the U.S. market. East Bali Cashews’ CEO spoke to a former Amazon executive who helped guide him through the process and made critical introductions at Amazon to fast track the launch of East Bali Cashews’ e-commerce store. A shipment of cashews is en route to the Amazon distribution center; in June 2015, East Bali Cashews will be available for purchase on the site.
Nest recently began working with brands such as West Elm, Eileen Fisher, and Patagonia to develop supply chains that advance artisan and homeworking communities and build a more transparent and socially responsible industry. To better position itself as a partner and service provider for brands, Nest and GLG conducted a survey about the sourcing and compliance practices of major brands. The results confirmed that significant production happens in homes by subcontracted homeworkers or artisans. These results directly affect how Nest designs, prices and builds their brand-facing services.
Nuru International’s expansion to Ethiopia included partnerships with local agricultural cooperatives to commercialize produce. GLG recruited a former USAID professional who worked extensively in Ethiopian agricultural cooperatives. The expert connected Nuru’s team to professionals on the ground and helped demystify complex taxation issues related to Nuru’s project.