Welcome
to
Sky(lark) Strategies
A PHILANTHROPY Shop
for the 21st Century
EVERYTHING you need to
build powerful change
Innovation
And Performance
Flexible solutions for your social change needs
High-touch strategies that deliver

We do the heavy lifting

so you don’t have to
Foundation back office support
Grants management
Training your Next Generation
Mission, vision, infrastructure set-up

Out-of-the-Box
Out-of-the-Box Solutions for Nonprofit leaders
& Entrepreneurs
Powerful tools
for capacity building
Helping changemakers overcome
barriers to growth

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Co-creating local and global impact

We are a Silicon Beach growth-stage company working to accelerate the greater good by providing tactical and strategic know-how to philanthropists, start-up entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. We help design, implement, and manage change efforts with, and for you.

Sky(lark): building philanthropic models, strengthening brands, and catalyzing meaningful wealth.

  • Strengthen Foundations Venture Philanthropy
    Strategy
    Foundation start-up and scale
    PRIs and Mission-Related Investments
    Creating a legacy
    Facilitating family consensus
    Involving the Next Gen
    Foundation management
    Interim executive leadership
    Cause-based grantmaking
    Grants management
    Back office support
  • Build-up Startups Help growth-stage companies build their philanthropic arm and create good in the world while building their brand
    Design CSR Programs
    Coach entrepreneurs on the creation of impact
    Double Bottom Line
    Triple Bottom Line
  • Re-power Nonprofits Strategic planning
    Management consulting
    Scale and replication
    Fundraising strategies
    Board support
    Executive coaching
    Succession, onboarding and transitioning
    Galvanizing senior teams
    and GG Fellowship

About

ABOUT

Sky(lark) Strategies is a growth-stage, Los Angeles-based philanthropy shop employing a Triple Bottom Line business model. We use a holistic social change strategy through 5 dimensions of the work (philanthropy advisory + strengthening nonprofits + leadership development and community creation through our signature program, the GG Society + building charitable arms for startups + nonprofit financing systemic change).

 

With a tactical team approach and deep experience working in the philanthropic field, we mix a business perspective focused on pragmatism and economics, with a commitment to community issues, and environmental health. Our sweet spot sits at the intersection of the for-profit and non-profit worlds. We are effective in environments where small teams are called to create deep change and we love the challenge of taking start-ups to scale – be it foundations, nonprofits, or enterprises looking at creating a social impact.

 

We believe that our world is moving at an ever faster pace of technology advancement, globalization and population shifts. What happened yesterday in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Americas has an effect on what happens today in California and vice-versa. As a result, we look at change strategies that incorporate tested methodologies while going beyond.  We are open to working with everything from traditional grantmaking to business design, constantly tweaking a blended impact formula, building collaborations between public and private entities, and creating strong alliances that can galvanize resources and co-create change. It is not about innovation for innovation’s sake, it is about adapting, listening, learning and arriving at what works.

 

With respect for confidentiality and a deep belief in each client’s capacity to reach their own conclusions, we provide knowledge and methods for success. At the core of our work is the belief that leaving behind something that matters is a thoughtful, passionate process moderated by common sense and best business practices. We’ll help you build your philanthropic brand and make a dent in what ails the world.

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

We use an on-demand staffing structure drawing from partnerships with experts in a variety of areas such as evaluation, research, communication, etc.  Operating in a variety of grantmaking areas from education, to health, early childhood, the arts, food security, housing, foster youth, sciences, the environment and so on, provides us with a pretty hefty content-specific knowledge base; that being said, we are process experts.  When there is a need for capacity or for a specialized skill-set, we contract with one or more of our community partners, bringing aboard, long-term or short term, the best of the best, for you. 

CRISTINA GALLEGOS

Founder & CEO

A passionate entrepreneur, Cristina has 30 years of experience in business, 17 of which as an advisor to philanthropists and non-profits.Read More

JESSICA BOGAR

PROGRAM STRATEGY

An astute navigator of relationships that create social change, Jessica combines her experience in foundation advisory with a background in communications.Read More

ROSELMA SAMALA

GRANTS & INITIATIVES

With over 15 years of experience in the non-profit field, Roselma provides grantmaking and strategic development to family foundations and intermediary institutions.Read More

TAIMUR SHARIF

TECHNOLOGY

Representative of the new wave of offshore developers, Taimur brings to the table a unique combination of gentle humor, lean-thinking solutions, and technical expertise.Read More

CHRISTINA NAYVE

ADMINISTRATION

Christina is a generalist with two decades of experience in administration, fundraising, event management, and theater & radio.Read More

JOHNNY SAYEGH

Research & Development

Johnny’s focus at Sky(lark) is on systemic change through tech ventures. He is tasked to be constantly on the prowl for ways to operationalize and monetize innovation.Read More

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