Too often philanthropy can be unfocused and ineffective. Clearly, this is a disaster when you think about the potential impact that our global goodwill could be achieving, if its full potential could be realised.
Founded in 2005, Arabella Advisors aims to make the most of philanthropic potential by providing strategic guidance, management, collaboration, monitoring and evaluation services. From local community movements to international development, Arabella is a consultancy that helps individuals, families and grant foundations use their resources strategically in the pursuit of the greater good.
Their specialty is to help funders and social entrepreneurs innovate for impact, and Arabella is well-placed to act as a partner by incubating ideas and managing grant making. In so doing, Arabella plays a crucial role in allowing orgs and individuals to give effect to their philanthropic goals. That all sounds pretty impressive, and doubtless the work that Arabella is doing is just that.
Over the last decade, Arabella has dealt with a range of investments – grants, investments, relationships, and time – but always with a philanthropic bent. Ever-evolving, their goal is fundamentally pretty simple: to maximize the impact of philanthropic assets to make the world a better place. And that’s exactly how they couch it – delivering results that can change the world. We love this, because this is exactly the type of sentiment that sets the 21st Century Employers apart from the rest.
So how does Arabella give effect to these impressive goals? “By always asking ourselves how we can be better,” Marketing Director Julie Stofer tells me, “and once we figure that out, how to be ever better.”
In simple terms, the Arabella approach is an amalgamation of techniques drawn from your classic consultancy toolbox: research, strategic development, playing a management role and responding to targeted evaluation. But what’s fantastic is that this is consultancy with a real social impact, consultancy where positive impact and generating good underpins all efforts.
The way we see it, in light of their ambition and forward-thinking approach, you’d expect that Arabella would be open to taking a risk or two every now and again. Turns out that’s an accurate assumption – as Stofer says, “no matter our individual roles, there’s a collective excitement for discovering cutting-edge practices, and we’re not afraid to fail as we move forward toward them.”
Aim high, fail fast, innovate and move forward.
Since the start, Arabella has been acutely mission-driven, and they’re quick to acknowledge their long-standing commitment to considering the impact of their decisions on their employees, communities, and the environment. You’ve got to admire the breadth of their focus on high-impact positive contributions, and in that sense, Arabella is truly a socially aware employer.
Why work here? In their own words, because the jobs have purpose - “all Arabellans come to work each day knowing that they will have a positive impact on the world.”
Arabella acts as a really valuable resource in terms of linking the dual-fuel of philanthropic thought and funds with ventures where these contributions are best made. With Arabella’s client base comprising institutional, corporate, and family foundations, as well as high net worth individuals, its reach is super impressive.
In short, we’re talking about an eminently meaningly consultancy doing really impressive work with a huge impact.entrepreneurial, ambitious, risk-taking, innovative and exciting to the power ten. Oh, and the flipside to all of this is that it’s social impact adventuring; escapades with a conscience.
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