Philanthropic Advisory Services
Paragon’s advisors have distinguished themselves helping individual donors and foundations implement thoughtful and effective philanthropic initiatives in the international arena. We will work closely with you to:
- Design a tailored giving strategy
- Advise on and research areas of interest
- Conceptualize programs
- Identify effective nonprofits
- Measure the impact of giving
Paragon's team is uniquely positioned to help guide strategic international philanthropy. In addition to the United States and Canada, Paragon has a presence in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Our team members are recognized experts and thought leaders in their fields. Following is a list of our principal areas of focus:
Identifying and Selecting Grantees
Based on your mission, goals, and specific needs, we can help you research and identify the grantees to support. We examine a range of variables to determine whether a potential grantee is a good fit, assess grantee strengths and weaknesses, identify possible red flags, and help ensure your support will prove a good investment. Our customizable scoring system uses criteria such as those listed at right:
- Strategy: How do the organization's programs work? What makes their approach different from other approaches? What is the theory of change?
- Impact of Programs: Can the organization demonstrate immediate and lasting impact from its activities? Does the organization have a system in place to measure and evaluate outcomes and impact?
- Organization and Operations: Does the organization have a strong financial track record, a clear plan for long-term sustainability, and an ethic of transparency?
- Leadership: How effective is the executive and management team? In what manner does the board support and contribute?
- Innovation: Is the organization recognized as a leader or innovator in its field?
- Reputation: What is the organization's reputation among peers, the public, and its beneficiaries?
- Local Empowerment & Capacity: Does the program empower its beneficiaries and integrate gender equality and social inclusion principles?
Donor Circles and Donor Briefings
Our team will design and facilitate donor circles, deliver presentations on thematic areas of interest, and provide briefings on international grantmaking and on the giving environment in a specific country.
Site Visits & Guided Site Visits
As desired, site visits are implemented as part of the due diligence or evaluation process. Guided site visits can also be arranged to see firsthand the communities and programs being supported.
Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you develop or implement your international philanthropic vision.
The San Francisco Foundation
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Seattle International Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas
Marin Community Foundation
Greater Houston Community Foundation
The Dallas Foundation