We partner with philanthropic and social change leaders to envision, design, and accelerate their impact.

We are a team of strategic advisors who develop effective strategies and approaches to connect philanthropic capital to the best ideas, leaders, organizations, and networks. We bring together an unusual set of combined expertise in both deploying philanthropic capital and providing strategic supports to strengthen and ensure the success of social impact organizations. Collectively, our team has experience working on a wide range of issues, including K-12 public education, social justice and equity, human services, the environment, housing and community development, and global health, as well as cross-cutting issues such as collaborations, governance, leadership development, and nonprofit capacity building.

Our Co-founders

Alexa Cortes Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant are co-founders of Open Impact. They started the firm based on a shared passion for partnering with social change leaders to grow their impact on the most important challenges facing our communities and world. Together they lead a team of seasoned professionals who share their passion and values, bring diverse talents and skills, love to learn and grow, and find joy in their work.

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Our Team

Every member of our team is deeply committed to helping clients realize their full potential for social impact. Experienced in strategy development, leadership, design thinking, research, financial analysis, and facilitation, our diverse team brings its full creative energies to collaboration with our client partners.