For more than 20 years, Common Ground Consulting, LLC has been providing world-class consulting services for community-based, national, and international social profit1 organizations and NGOs. Our client portfolio includes more than 200 organizations, dozens of colleges and universities, 25 foundations and consulting firms, and a wide variety of government agencies.
We’ve worked in 26 countries and 46 states to provide valuable organizational development and planning solutions; offer management and fund development training; provide executive-level one-on-one coaching and board development; address diversity and multicultural organizational development issues; teach beginners and advanced courses in facilitation skills and curriculum development; design new media communications and advocacy strategies; and specialize in the evaluation, creation, and implementation of youth and community development programming strategies.
With a team of some of the most outstanding social profit consultants in the world, we are able to tailor our services to your specific needs and create the best possible partnership with you. It also allows us to adapt to changing needs and provide solutions to new challenges we may encounter as we are working together.
At Common Ground, we embrace a set of principles that guide our consulting method, approach, and strategies. We are a firm that celebrates human differences and works to bridge human potential and social responsibility (Please see Infinity Leadership Model™ on our website at http://commongroundconsulting.org/method/infinity.cfm).
We believe in social justice and we will only work with clients who are striving to work in community to improve the public good.
Craig Bowman and his firm Common Ground Consulting provide strategic management consulting to social profit orgs (non-profits & NGOs) worldwide.
Understanding Our Work:
For more than 20 years, Common Ground has been fortunate to work with hundreds of organizations and projects around the world. We've specialized in management consulting solutions for social profit organizations, with a particular expertise in managing growth. We have seen our work expand into a variety of areas, with our international civil society engagements now rivaling our domestic work.
Over the past few years, we've worked in 26 countries and almost every American state and our business has been growing at a record pace. We work in a variety of issue areas and have embraced a social circles model when it comes to business development. That allows us to operate in a cross-cutting manner, bringing and adapting the best thinking and the best practices from a variety of sectors into each of our engagements.
For example, when Common Ground launched in 1990, we were primarily focused in the education arena, looking at how issues of diversity and multiculturalism were manifesting themselves in higher education environments. We were trainers and facilitators and helped to build intentional learning communities with students, faculty, and administrators from more than 250 diverse colleges and universities.
After a few years, we were asked to relocate to Washington, DC to lend our expertise to President Clinton's national service initiative, out of which AmeriCorps was born. We engaged in the national political arena and shaped an approach to education and learning that is still at the heart of one of the nation’s premier leadership development organizations, Public Allies.
Several years later, we were providing direct services to young people struggling to define themselves and remain safe in a world in which they were too often targets. Here is where we began to expand our efforts around organizational management, finance and fundraising, as well as working with boards.
We also joined efforts with the Department of Justice to support a burgeoning youth mentoring field and that work has continued through associations with the Department of Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters and now a major initiative through YouthBuild USA.
Five more years passed and the work expanded once again as our founder took on the leadership of a youth-centered national civil rights organization, building partnerships and creating strategic alliances to promote serious social change. Because of our work on domestic HIV and AIDS prevention in that organization, we were asked to engage in the global health arena and we’ve since worked with countless sexual and reproductive health and rights efforts around the world; including a primary collaboration with the Developing Countries Delegation of the Global Fund Board—the world’s largest health financing institution.
Being noticed through those efforts, over the past several years we've now expanded fully into the civil society arena, working with farmers in Bolivia, gender rights activists in Afghanistan, and youth leaders and activists in Kosovo, just to name a few recent engagements.
Presently, the majority of work is focusing on providing high-quality management assessments to organizations facing rapid growth, financial distress, and/or a major change in mission or scope.
We also teach fundraising, manage conflict, train trainers and consultants; always building high-trust relationships designed to affect real change. In the process we've expanded our team to include a number of world-class experts who share our deeply held values.
Through all of this work, we've remained committed to a core set of principles and the conviction that leadership and sustainability demand passion, the ability to change and adapt, high-trust relationships and a deep sense of gratitude.
Common Ground helps organizations learn and grow each day from every moment and every experience and we provide strategic solutions to every manner of social profit problems.