McKinsey’s Social Innovation Practice helps foundations, philanthropists, companies, nongovernmental organizations, social entrepreneurs and social investors drive social change by being more innovative, strategic and effective. In the past five years, we have worked on more than 480 projects, in 50 countries—including for foundations and NGOs in 24 countries across Latin America, Europe, and Africa. We serve seven of the ten largest foundations in the world.
Our Social Innovation work includes:
We help aspiring change-makers articulate a clear vision and objectives, and then help them draw a road map, develop long-term organizational strategies, and define programs and interventions to achieve their vision.
We help our clients to design the right organization to effectively implement their social change strategy, and scale their impact through networks and collaboration. We guide clients through difficult transitions, such as restructuring and leadership changes, and help build new organizations to achieve ambitious visions—right from the start.
We support organizations in improving their operations—from learning and knowledge management, to human resources and governance. We help advance our client’s mission through alternative financing structures, and demonstrated techniques for replication and scaling.
New tools for social change
Together with our clients, we help develop the strategies, structures, and techniques that will improve their ability to achieve social change—and then develop the best practices that will help them make those ideas a reality. As technology evolves, social networks expand, and more data is available to support decision-making. We monitor that data and contribute new tools to achieve impact.