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Welcome! We're glad that you stopped by.

LM Strategies Consulting (LMS) is a boutique consulting firm that works with foundations and funders' networks to help them advance relationships and sustain impact in under-resourced communities.

If you are looking for a team of smart consultants who understand philanthropy and have a passion for community building, you've come to the right place.

Take a peek around our website – and definitely reach out to us to learn more about our work.


Our Team of Consultants

AT LMS, we leverage the expertise of a small team of seasoned consultants to provide individualized service to each client.

LM Strategies Consulting is the ideal consulting group for funders in need of project-specific technical assistance and for those foundations that have the desire to develop large-scale initiatives that address community challenges, while nurturing institutional and community partnerships.

Strategic and hands on, our consultants are able to develop key initiatives from concept to execution. We have an expertise in identifying critical issues that need to be addressed, building coalitions and communities of practice around those issues, developing and executing programs for strategic intervention, and identifying a sustainability plan.

Our services include:

  • Initiative Design and Implementation
  • Community Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conference Management
  • Research and Policy Analysis
  • Social Media and Strategic Communications

Beyond the menu of services provided by LMS, our consultants have professional and academic expertise in the areas of community-based leadership, diversity and equity, youth development, and immigrant and ethnic communities.

Are you interested in learning more about the role that you can play in building communities through philanthropy? We encourage you to take a peek at some of our favorite research projects on which we've worked over the years:

THE EXIT INTERVIEW: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals Leave Grantmaking Institutions
Client: Association of Black Foundation Executives

PATHWAYS ALONG THE WAY TO RACIAL JUSTICE
in Moving Forward on Racial Justice Philanthropy
Client: Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Connected by 25
Client: Youth Transition Funders Group

On Message
Client: ABFE/HIP Initiative

Community Foundations Take the Lead
Client: CFLeads

Safe Passage
Client: Youth Transition Funders Group

Constructing Black Selves
An academic publication written by Lisa D. McGill

Everyone's Two Cents
An LM Strategies Publication

We've worked on some great projects and have been lucky enough to witness the dedication and passion of philanthropic leaders who know how to get the job done.

Here's a sample list of philanthropies with which we've worked over the years:

  • Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth/CFLeads
  • Community Foundations of America
  • The Communities of Color Initiative/ The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • Grantmakers for Education
  • Independent Sector
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Kresge Foundation
  • The 2004 New England Conference on Black Philanthropy
  • Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
  • The Rhode Island Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Youth Transition Funders Group

LISA D. MCGILL is the founder and principal of LM Strategies Consulting. Over the years, McGill has consulted on projects for community foundations and national foundations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Charles S. Mott Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation, among others. She has worked with philanthropic affinity groups such as Grantmakers for Education, Independent Sector, Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG), the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), and CFLeads. McGill has a content expertise in U.S. immigrant studies, youth-to-adulthood transitions, and inclusive practices in philanthropy.

With her tactical approach to philanthropy, McGill is known for helping clients design initiatives that work at the intersection of strategic planning, analysis, stakeholder engagement, and the realities of on-the-ground implementation. Examples of projects include:

  • Consulting to the W.Kellogg Foundation's Cultures of Giving program to support diversity in philanthropy efforts and capacity-building for nonprofits in communities of color.
  • Previous service as Director of YTFG for 9 years, working with a variety of philanthropic stakeholders to establish the network as an influential group on issues for vulnerable youth.
  • Support for content development and design of Independent Sector's Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, released online in 2011.
  • Systems improvement consulting for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to support youth aging out of foster care in Mississippi.
  • Facilitation and convening management for large decision-making meetings sponsored by foundation clients.

McGill has managed and contributed to several publications in the philanthropic sector: On Message, a joint report from the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) that focused on the use of strategic communications to advance social change in Black and Latino communities; Community Foundations Take the Lead: Promising Approaches to Building Inclusive and Equitable Communities, a publication of CFLeads that featured the initiatives of leading community foundations committed to building strong, equitable communities; and Connected by 25: Effective Policies Solutions for Vulnerable Youth, a publication outlining policy recommendations to support America's most vulnerable young adults. She is also the author of Constructing Black Selves: Caribbean American Narratives and the Second Generation (New York University Press 2005).

Before consulting, Ms. McGill worked as a program officer in a community foundation and as a coordinator of community outreach and events programming. McGill received her B.A., in English modified with Latin American and Caribbean Studies, from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She resides in Flossmoor, Illinois, with her spouse and son.

 

CONTACT LMS

Would you like more information?

LM Strategies Consulting encourages you to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about our services.

General Inquiries:
By Mail:
LM Strategies Consulting, LLC
3011 W. 183rd Street, # 227
Homewood, IL 60430-2804

By Telephone:
708.570.1606
By E-mail:
[email protected]

Note: If you are a current client of LMS, please contact us directly for information on sending expedited mail to Client Account Services.