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GLG and Spirit of America, a Leading Non-Profit, Partner to Help Americans Serving Abroad Assist Local People in Need
Over the last two years, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) has partnered with Spirit of America, a leading non-profit organization more
Over the last two years, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) has partnered with Spirit of America, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping Americans serving abroad assist local people in need, by offering free services and access to GLG's 300,000 experts worldwide.
Spirit of America provides US troops with materials, expertise, and solutions for economic assistance and humanitarian efforts to help local communities abroad. In one recent example, when Spirit of America was approached by a Special Operations Forces (SOF) team in western Kandahar Province to help provide electricity to a poor rural village, they looked to GLG to help plan the project.
GLG found an expert who had relevant experience planning a similar project in rural India. He answered critical questions concerning generators, wiring networks and fuel consumption. In addition, he was able to work with the SOF team to create a diagram outlining the simple grid needed to power electricity in the community. After explaining the rudiments of distribution boards, wiring and power conversion, the SOF team was able to start implementing his plan with the help of a local contact. With the guidance of the GLG expert, Spirit of America and the SOF team were able to work on providing power to a rural Afghanistan community. This project will help stabilize the local community's infrastructure and further Spirit of America's goal to build goodwill and community support of coalition efforts.
Since it was founded in 1998, GLG has been a resource for decision makers among the investment community, corporations and professional service firms. In recent years, GLG has sought to expand its work in this sector by offering free or in-kind services to a variety of nonprofits, offering expert advice and insights on fundraising, marketing and engineering along with international expertise on how to operate in changing environments from political turmoil to natural disasters. Whether it is providing intimate knowledge on local customs and culture or on how to best partner with the private sector, GLG offers unique access to information and expertise.
For more information about Spirit of America, visit their website at http://www.spiritofamerica.net. less
How can The Armenian EyeCare Project improve its fundraising to save the sight of people in need?
GLG Research quickly sourced key experts with a broad range of experience who could speak to each of AECP's needs. Our experts initially worked to strengthen AECP's fundraising efficacy, providing insights into audience awareness and long-term goal setting. Over time, their projects with us grew, and through conversations with our experts, AECP was able to develop new strategies for social media marketing, online demand generation, public relations, fundraising and governing principles for their board.
“GLG Research delivered the highest caliber consultants. Working with them is analogous to participating in a high-level post graduate course in nonprofit management with dedicated professors,” said Roger Ohanesian, President of the Armenian EyeCare Project.
After several interviews with our experts, AECP developed more robust strategies for several major areas of their organization: from fund raising to receiving highly qualified board leads to settling on a strong marketing plan and PR strategy moving forward, the insights our experts provided will help AECP elevate their marketing and fundraising efforts. less
Helping Envivio Find the Right Candidate for Its Board in the Face of an IPO
Envivio came to us for this unique request. We tapped our network to find a board candidate with compensation expertise, who lived in the region and could devote significant time to board practices, quickly gathering more than 20 qualified executives. Ultimately, Envivio chose a candidate local to San Francisco who had a strong background in compensation strategy. “GLG Research helped us find the right person quickly, with the specificity of our requirements fully accounted for, in a cost-effective manner,” said Gianluca Rattazzi, Envivio’s Executive Chairman. Within 60 days of joining the board, the compensation committee held its first meeting. less
How Access to Insights Helps Children In The Third World
Through our network of more than 300,000 experts, we identified 20 of the most relevant and qualified specialists for each of Embrace’s business needs. Experts with sustainability, manufacturing and medical device design experience were brought in to inform the development of Embrace’s flagship product – a moldable incubator sleeping bag. Our experts helped Embrace in formulating a distribution model, and as the organization has come closer to creating a broad launch of its product, we have helped provide access to key insights to their marketing, organizational and strategic needs. With our experts’ guidance, Embrace is doing good work that will benefit countless people across the world struggling to access affordable, sustainable health options. less
Video: Innovation in Action – Tech CEOs and Investors Meet in San Francisco
For the participants, it was an opportunity to learn about important developments in the enterprise, wireless, online marketing and social markets directly from the CEOs of the companies that are driving those trends. It was also the chance to meet the leaders of a group of companies that will be part of the next wave of major ascendant businesses to emerge from Silicon Valley.
For the presenting CEOs, it was a chance to make some valuable connections to investors and executives, especially as the companies consider future growth strategies. Former top executives from local tech companies that included Six Apart, Yahoo and Zynga, joined the audience for the event and added a level of depth and experience to the discussion. less
Understanding the Reverse Morris Trusts
By 4:00 P.M., GLG Research had the client on the phone with a Council Member who actually wrote the Reverse Morris Trusts law. less
BD Diagnostics Uses GLG Research to Leverage New Opportunities
BD Diagnostics, a global medical technology company, was exploring the process by which pharmaceutical companies develop new anti-infective agents used to treat disorders caused by microbial pathogens.
GLG Research formulated a custom survey and secured responses—which included detailed commentary—from a group of more than 20 anti-infective agent experts in our network, exceeding Meduri’s expectations. “The number of detailed responses provided in the survey was very powerful. Beyond that, we were able to call survey participants whose responses sparked more questions on our end, giving us additional perspective directly from the respondents,” says Meduri. This brings tremendous value to our process and has the potential to open doors to new opportunities. less
An Accelerated Growth Strategy
Japan-based Takeda Research Investment (TRI) works diligently to ensure that the company is aware of important industry developments and emerging healthcare trends in every corner of the world—and that the discovery phase of its activities incorporates best practices from around the globe. TRI needed to identify and recommend emerging growth opportunities to its parent, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, by uncovering early market indicators and trends across North America, Europe and Australasia.
Graeme Martin and his team engaged GLG to arrange consultations and visits with experts, as well as put together a panel to assess a potential target. Not only did the insights validate TRI’s position on the target, one Council Member introduced TRI to a new innovation that the company had not previously considered. less
Video: Larry Cornett – Search Should Beware of Social Media
Developing a Strategy for Operations in Germany
GLG was able to locate an engineer with German language skills as well as experience with a blue-chip engineering consulting firm. The Council Member spent two weeks alongside the private equity firm’s executives in Hamburg conducting a personal evaluation of the facility and its financials and produced a written report on the costs of upgrading the facility. The client estimated that the project cost one tenth of what a similar project with an engineering firm would have. less