Sutherland Edwards


In addition to longer-range engagements and in-depth planning work, Sutherland~Edwards regularly works with organizations to plan and facilitate annual Board and staff retreats, as well as other key meetings and focus groups. We are skilled facilitators and help groups navigate issues with respectful and purposeful dialogue. We work with clients to set clear meeting goals, and work hard to ensure that all voices are part of the conversation.


Client: A small community foundation in rural Northern California

Our Work: Led a series of focus groups comprised of community leaders to inform the community foundation about regional priorities.

Results: The foundation successfully engaged leaders of the broader community to help shape its future direction and inform its strategic planning process.

For Irvine’s Community Foundations Initiative II, Chris has created a genuine learning community among grantees, one with warmth, a desire to learn and improve, and connections among colleagues. She’s done fantastic work in designing, planning and facilitating the convenings and curriculum."

Anne Vally, Former Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives
The James Irvine Foundation

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