Developing partnerships +
Building Deeper Relationships
Ideas + Action
MG’s partnership and funding team is led by Senior Associate Tiffany Shackelford, who has more than two decades of experience connecting foundations and other major funders with ideas that are inspirational and actionable.
We work with organizations on existing programs and new initiatives that require support to thrive. We believe in measurable growth through strategic partnerships and leveraging existing audiences through communities of interest. MG’s network is strong in the climate, energy and environment sectors, as well as in NGOs, nonprofits, media and public-private partnerships.
We integrate tightly with your team to spur creative solutions and deliver value. Our team has an extensive track record of success with a diverse array of clients. We’ve led seven-figure fundraising programs and built successful partnerships by deeply believing in shared goals. We aim to make positive change in the world.
A Few Big Ideas
We believe in matching funders with causes they are passionate about, ones that have an opportunity to make a lasting difference. We value empathy in goal-setting as we make sure there are ways to monitor progress. We take concepts from incubation all the way to delivery.
We believe finding the right partner or funder is about discovering collaborations that can build over time, developing a dialogue that benefits everyone. We facilitate conversations, run group alignment and brainstorming activities, create action plans, and produce events.
We believe robust conversations with prospective funders for any organization come from a shared passion. We help coordinate deliverables that can only come from knowing the landscape, especially as it evolves. We offer support at in-person meetings and designing proposals.
We believe in the long haul. We work with funders and organizations we believe have the power to change lives. We love ideas that drive action. We help partnerships grow through education and senior staff training, including needs assessments and targeted action lists.
Strategic partnerships + marketing
Tiffany leads MG’s partnership and development team. She is known in the worlds of nonprofits, media, and technology for her understanding of how to engage people across platforms, delivering results in the attention economy. She has extensive strategic outreach experience with associations, publications, NGOs, foundations and nonprofits. She has built diverse teams of women across industries, with an eye towards empowerment and collaboration. She has managed fundraising, communications, marketing, audience development and digital strategy for numerous organizations, including the USC/Google Election Cybersecurity and Information Project, the Society for News Design, The Fulcrum, the BiCoastal Workforce Alliance, Massive Science, the National Governors Association, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, the Pew Research Center, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the National Association of State Budget Officers. She is currently active in and has started many professional women’s affinity and advocacy groups and programs. Contact Information Email: email@example.com Phone: 703-470-2996 Learn More
Matt is the managing principal at MG, overseeing all project teams. He personally leads MG’s ongoing work with the Energy Futures Initiative, Climate Advisers Trust, National Governors Association and The Fulcrum. He has held senior editorial and product positions at CQ Roll Call, the San Jose Mercury News and National Geographic. From 2008-2013, he was a professor at Northwestern University, serving as co-director at the Medill School in D.C. He’s also the co-editor of “Truth Counts: A Practical Guide for News Consumers” (CQ 2018). Matt launched USEnergyJobs.org, the annual report from NASEO and EFI, as well as two political magazines for Bloomberg. Matt has worked with ESPN, NPR, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Archdiocese of Washington, and many other clients. His work has garnered awards from several leading journalism and design organizations, including World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper while in Silicon Valley. Contact Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 202.550.2297 Learn More
MG’s partnership team is built to handle all client needs, from outreach to proposals to marketing. We’re nimble and scalable. We also are able to bring in more team members if engagements would benefit from additional expertise.
Foundations we have worked with in the last three years with clients
Combined years of partnership experience in the MG team
Successful fundraising campaigns and initiatives since 2015
Reports and analysis about competitive partnership landscapes
Projects launched with teams we believe in
Design awards for our creative collateral work
Live events produced with partners to build community
Years of board service in a variety of roles in social good and design
We work with nonprofits, associations, foundations and media to turn ideas into actions and inspire change. Our team combines creativity and design skills with deep subject matter expertise to produce transformative work.