Sutherland Edwards

Client Testimonials

Sutherland~Edwards has helped transform the Baltimore Community Foundation and, through the bold and visionary, yet simple and clear strategic plan they helped create, given BCF the opportunity to play a real role in transforming Baltimore. Their thoughtful support far exceeded our expectations... simply put, all who love BCF and Baltimore are excited by this plan; we would not be there without Sutherland~Edwards' insight, knowledge and guidance."

Tom Wilcox, President
Baltimore Community Foundation

"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

"Frankly, you, Sutherland~Edwards, have made me rethink my long-standing ambivalence toward these processes. Let's do another!"

Dan Baldwin, President/CEO
Community Foundation for Monterey County

"Sutherland~Edwards has an uncommon gift for taking things that are complicated and making them easier to understand."

Terence Mulligan, President
Napa Valley Community Foundation

"Sutherland~Edwards demonstrated an uncanny ability to engage at both the strategic and tactical levels. Sometimes external consultants can be aggressive - disrupting the natural flow - or passive. They have a clear talent for striking just the right balance, drawing out the thinking of the group. We greatly appreciated their skills and insights, and would consider using them again to advance our work."

Jennifer Meehan, CEO, Asia Region
Grameen Foundation

"Sutherland~Edwards provided expert facilitation and guidance to our Board of Governors in the development of our new strategic plan. From initial stakeholder interviews to final completion of the plan, our Board was highly impressed with Sutherland-Edwards' knowledge base and ability to move us productively through each planning phase."

Shelley Hoss, President
Orange County Community Foundation

"Having been very pleased with Sutherland-Edwards' work on our strategic planning effort, we retained the firm to manage our search for a new CEO. We were delighted with their work, hallmarked by a comprehensive knowledge of the national community foundation business, the close attention and responsiveness to our needs, and the ultimate retention of an outstanding new leader for our Foundation."

Thomas McCann, Former Board Chairman
Community Foundation of Collier County

"Sutherland~Edwards was pivotal to the successful creation and launch of the Bermuda Community Foundation. Their deep knowledge of the community foundation field and their superb facilitation skills helped us navigate every aspect of starting BCF, from board governance to a strategic plan to the staffing structure. I hope we have the opportunity to work with them again."

Peter Durhager, Board Chairman
Bermuda Community Foundation

"Any strategic planning process has the tendency to feel like building something out of Jello. Sutherland~Edwards guided us through our efforts skillfully and helped us create a solid plan that is aspirational and achievable."

Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, Board Chair
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

"The Sutherland~Edwards team did a superb job in guiding the strategic planning process for our community foundation. The fact that they have deep experience with community foundations made all the difference."

Deborah Onslow, Former Board Chair
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

"You did a fantastic job finding our new CEO. I knew you were the people who would care the most and do the best job possible of getting someone who was a perfect match for us. We couldn’t have done it without your expertise and guidance—you know so much about the field. I know I speak for the entire committee in thanking you for a terrific job that came from your hearts."

Jane Sinton, Search Committee Member
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County

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