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Strategy Made Simple: A Straightforward Approach to Corporate Philanthropy (South Bay)

Monday, August 29, 2016 -
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT
Microsoft Campus/Mercury Room
1065 La Avenida Street | Mountain View, CA | 94043
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In corporate societal engagement, strategic clarity and focused results are not accidental – they are achieved through inquiry, intentionality, and investment. We often find executives aspiring for change but lacking the necessary tools and approaches to spearhead that shift. The destination is clear – transforming their portfolio from oftentimes disparate legacy giving to a results-focused, business-aligned societal engagement – but the path to get there less so. Over the years, our presenter has found three tools and approaches to be critical guides for corporate executives: intent matrix, issue monitor, and impact models.

“Engage in an interactive, learning discussion with your peers, and discuss a presentation by FSG Managing Director Philippe Sion and Director Chile Hidalgo on their recent publication, “Simplifying Strategy: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Societal Engagement”.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about best practices in transforming a CSR portfolio from legacy giving to a results-focused, business-aligned societal engagement
  • Hear how to apply three practical strategy tools to your work
  • Interact with and explore these ideas with your colleagues and peers


  • 9.30 am - 10 am  Breakfast & Networking
  • 10:00 am – 12 noon Presentation & Discussion


Philippe Sion, Managing Director, FSG
Philippe has over a decade of consulting experience serving foundations, corporations, and nonprofits. Philippe leads FSG’s relationship with a number of very large corporations, including a top global car manufacturer on its corporate philanthropy / CSR / Shared Value journey, and other companies and their foundations across multiple sectors and geographies. Philippe also focuses his time on collective impact solutions – structured forms of collaboration with multiple stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to complex societal issues. At FSG, Philippe also guides the evolution of the firm around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to FSG, Philippe worked for the Bridgespan Group and McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the global economic development group and the public / social sector practice. He has experience on a range of issues, across the globe, including strategic planning, community engagement, job creation programs, urban revitalization, corporate social responsibility, and microfinance.


Chile Hidalgo, Director, FSG
Chile is a Director in FSG San Francisco office and leads the Environment Impact Area of the firm. He has 15 years of experience advising private and public sector leaders on business and social strategies. He has worked for clients in the utility, food, retail, telecommunications, IT, logistics, and transportation sectors. At FSG, Chile has worked extensively with corporations in the energy, agriculture, technology, consumer goods, and forestry industries to develop social investment and shared value strategies through which they can address societal needs while at the same time creating innovation and growth opportunities for the business. Prior to joining FSG, Chile was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where he worked on a variety of strategic initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies.

About FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at

Target Audience

  • Corporate grantmakers, CSR professionals and foundations serving the corporate sector
  • This program is open to all NCG members and other non-member funders. 
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  • If you are non-member funder, please email NCG Registrar to register.

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