In 2003, NESsT launched NESsT Consulting in an effort to increase the global impact and reach of our work and respond to the increased international demand for our expertise in social enterprise development.
We work with our clients to identify, develop and implement solutions to achieve their goals. We offer professional services in research & writing; planning & strategy development; training & capacity building; and project implementation. Throughout the process, we push our clients to “learn by doing,” providing strategic advice, training and coaching, tools and templates, to enable them to lead their own process of change and development to ensure long-term sustainability after our engagement is completed.
Our professional consulting services combine innovative business and social sector approaches and expertise to enable our clients to achieve greater social impact and sustainability.
We focus on what we do best. We specialize in providing our clients professional services in sustainability planning, social enterprise development, and engaged philanthropy and impact investing. As the enterprise arm of NESsT, a pioneer and leader in social enterprise development, NESsT Consulting has the unique capability to draw on a global organization with offices across 11 countries and an international team with over 15 years of practical expertise.
We work with nonprofit organizations and with international organizations and foundations to support the long-term sustainability of their grantees and partners. Our unique Sustainability Planning methodology and tools enable nonprofit organizations to identify and develop viable funding models and increase their long-term financial resilience. In practice>
We work with a wide variety of social enterprises, from nonprofit-operated enterprises to for-profit inclusive businesses operated by social entrepreneurs or community groups. We enable our clients to assess their readiness for social enterprise, plan for and start up social enterprises, improve the management effectiveness and operations of social enterprises, and help them to become “investment-ready” to attract start-up or growth capital. In practice>
Engaged Philanthropy & Impact Investing
We work with international foundations, philanthropists and investors to increase the impact of their giving and social investing. We assist clients to develop more engaged strategies, deploying the full array of their assets – financial, intellectual and social – to increase their “social return on investment.” We provide our clients with strategy and pipeline development, due diligence, monitoring and evaluation services. In practice>
We have completed nearly 50 contracts for a wide diversity of clients in over 35 countries, including international and multi-lateral organizations, foundations, corporations, nonprofits/charities, and social enterprises.
Learn more about some of the current and recent NESsT Consulting engagements and the solutions we’re delivering for our diverse clients. Cases & Impact>
Our Social Enterprise
In addition to enabling our clients, NESsT Consulting directly benefits the ongoing mission and work of NESsT to support social enterprises in emerging market countries. As a social enterprise itself, NESsT Consulting generates an average of 15-20% of NESsT operating income each year – that’s untied resources we can dedicate to our work with our portfolio of social enterprises. More>
NESsT Consulting Clients
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