¨ Strategic Planning
¨ Organizational Assessment and Capacity Development
¨ Social Enterprise
¨ Project Management for Learning and Outcomes
¨ Facilitation of Meetings and Learning Retreats
¨ Teaching and Training
Cornerstone Consultants has been offering expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, succession planning, evaluation, and project management to help nonprofits and philanthropic organizations grow, perform, and succeed since 1992.
Mary Virtue founded Cornerstone Consultants in 1992 to bring the best of business planning and evaluation practices to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She has worked with a wide range of social service organizations, national associations, art institutions, arts education organizations, foundations, and businesses. Her work has taken her to Native American reservations, low income urban and rural communities, and to cities and villages overseas. Mary specializes in strategic change–supporting organizations with strategic planning, organizational development, institutional learning, and evaluative systems. She conducted strategic planning and assessment projects supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, First Nations Development Institute, the Ford Foundation, and other grant making organizations. Over several years, Mary worked with the museums in Balboa Park in San Diego and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to develop a cultural bridge between the multi-cultural community in southeastern San Diego and the Balboa Park museums. She has worked with USAID, Eurasia Foundation, and other funders in Africa and the South Caucasus. Her publications include a report for the Ford Foundation titled Advancing Racial Equity: Lessons for Philanthropy and Shared Vision, Shared Progress: Museums and Communities. She participated in ROMA Next Generation Center of Excellence–a project to enhance performance management and measurement in Community Action Agencies across the country. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Columbia University and she is an adjunct professor at Eastern University. C.V. available upon request.
Kim Halsey, as Cornerstone Consultant’s researcher, has conducted research in cultural competency, structural racism, arts education, and earned revenue for youth and nonprofit organizations. She also provided assistance with review of foundations' grants, programs, and their impact. She provides expertise in educational and family engagement to Cornerstone. She has taught children ages 8-13 in urban, suburban, and rural settings, including the Philadelphia School District, Twin Valley School District, and Community School in Roanoke, VA. Currently, she works with diverse partners in the public and private sector, to build up literacy, encourage early childhood education, and create and support programs that promote kindergarten readiness. She has developed curricula for youth leadership programs in the U.S. and Guatemala. In addition, she researches grant opportunities, promotion of arts education and global education, and culling best practices from schools around the world. She has a Masters of Education in Multicultural Education from Eastern University and she is a certified Literacy Specialist. C.V. available upon request.
Andrea Dee Harris has over 25 years’ experience as a manager, executive, and technical expert serving international operating programs in diverse fields – organizational strengthening; cultural heritage initiatives; economics; education; building effective partnerships that link business, NGOs and government in a common purpose; women’s entrepreneurship; global public health; and the arts. Her professional passions include evaluation, process improvement, capturing and documenting lessons learned, bridging perspectives to transform conflict and promote cooperation, and creative stakeholder engagement. She holds BA and MBA from Yale University, is certified in organizational performance improvement, and is well versed in both individual and team coaching methods.
As a consultant, Andrea has served as management coach to NGO leaders in fields from microfinance to community cultural exchanges, facilitated strategic planning retreats and major learning meetings for organizations large and small, designed/implemented a major study of lessons learned in collaborations between the World Bank and private philanthropic organizations from many countries, and designed/implemented a major internal needs assessment within USAID. C.V. available upon request.