We believe strategic philanthropic investment can catalyze community change and create lasting impact


We partner with foundations and philanthropic collaboratives to design and launch new grantmaking initiatives



Our work is holistic and most often involves co-designing with the funding institutions, potential grantee partners, and other sectors and systems relevant to the particular initiative goals. We also offer ongoing project management, implementation, and evaluation support.



"In managing a $35 million grantmaking initiative, Cassandra and csb philanthropic solutions demonstrated outstanding project management, multi-tasking, and team facilitation skills. With Cassandra’s strong capacity for developing processes and working with a variety of stakeholders, she enabled us to meet tight deadlines and achieve our initiative goals." 

- Erika Poethig, Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute (& former Associate Director for Affordable Housing, MacArthur Foundation)

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We design, manage, and evaluate grantmaking initiatives by:

  • Assessing needs, conducting environmental scans, and identifying strong practices

  • Developing initial goals, approaches, and theories of change

  • Designing selection criteria, processes, and guidelines

  • Managing outreach to potential grantees, including site visits

  • Conducting due diligence, including stakeholder interviews, organizational capacity assessments, and financial health reviews

  • Facilitating selection processes and onboarding of grantee partners

  • Developing and implementing evaluation plans, including development of quantitative and qualitative evaluation measures and selection of external evaluators



Grantmaking Initiatives Project Highlights

State & Local Housing Preservation Leaders Initiative

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Sonoma County Resilience Fund: Housing Solutions

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Living Cities Integration Initiative

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