Ekouté works with a range of high-profile clients, from philanthropic foundations and policy organizations to nonprofits operating in the feedback, youth development and education spaces.
Ekouté serves as the project lead for Listen for Good, a multi-year grant initiative that builds nonprofits’ ability to develop effective feedback loops with end beneficiaries of their services. As the original designers of the offering, we lead a coaching team that supports more than 200 grantee organizations with both technical and strategic advice. We are also developing a publicly available app that synthesizes all our learnings and tools over the past 3 years.
We conducted a thorough landscape analysis of the beneficiary feedback field, which helped to justify the establishment of the Fund for Shared Insight, a multi-funder collaborative dedicated to making client feedback a common practice among nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
Ekouté was the primary advisor for the development of Feedback Labs’ inaugural Crash Course on Feedback. To cap off the collaboration, we have led the Crash Course training for diverse leaders and practitioners for more than two years.
Ekouté supported Crescent Porter Hale in the development of its new Middle School Youth Success strategy. We conducted a landscape analysis examining the need and opportunities for philanthropic funding focused specifically on middle school youth in the Bay Area. We then designed the foundation’s diligence criteria and assessment framework.
Ekouté led early strategic planning efforts for the rapidly growing nonprofit, which has since become a recognized national thought leader in the field of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences.
Ekouté led strategic planning efforts to evolve the organization’s approach in light of a changing state policy and funding landscape. Our work included designing and implementing a broad-scale stakeholder survey, leading internal strategic planning workshops and advising PACE on the development of its first-ever Advisory Board.
Ekouté provided coaching services focused on performance measurement efforts to select youth development grantees as a part of PropelNext, a three-year capacity building program that helps youth-serving organizations use outcome data for learning,and continuous improvement. Ekoute also provides portfolio-wide guidance for gathering and responding to youth feedback across PropelNext grantees.