I.G. Advisors is a strategy consultancy specialising in philanthropy, corporate impact, and fundraising advice. We offer innovative and practical solutions to help our clients maximise their social impact.

About

Since 2011, I.G. Advisors has supported a wide range of individuals and organisations on their social impact journeys. Our advice is always tactical and is tailored to meet each of our clients' needs and ambitions.

We work with both individual and institutional donors to maximise their impact and ensure their giving meets social and business objectives. We also work with charities and social enterprises to diversify and sustainably grow their income.

Carlos Miranda founded I.G. Advisors in 2011. The impetus behind I.G. was to create a “one-stop shop” that met the needs of funders and fundraisers alike. We provide a comprehensive range of services and are skilled at helping all of our clients navigate the often complicated space where the private, public, and charitable sectors intersect.

Our clients include individuals, foundations, companies, charities, not-for-profits, and social enterprises. They specialise in a wide range of areas including global health, international development, human rights, education, sport for development, and the arts.

Whether it's diversifying a philanthropic portfolio, setting up a corporate foundation, or launching a fundraising campaign, I.G. Advisors offers an array of services to help our clients grow and succeed. To learn more, please contact us or download our company brochure here.

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Philanthropy

We work with individuals, families, and foundations to develop dynamic philanthropic strategies. We also provide support and counsel through each step of the implementation process.

Philanthropy has advanced far beyond simply writing a cheque. Whether you are a first time donor or an established foundation, I.G. Advisors devises innovative strategies that meet your unique philanthropic objectives.

Individuals and families face countless options when making their own gifts. Our team of experts can work closely with you to identify where your funds will have the greatest impact. We can help you expand to new markets or causes, identify valuable partners, evaluate potential funding recipients, or provide coaching and training on giving techniques.

We also work with foundations to distribute funds effectively and satisfy the ambitions of donors and grantees alike. We offer a range of services, including developing innovative partnerships, expanding philanthropic portfolios, and coaching CEOs, management, and boards.

Philanthropy is constantly changing. To find out how we can help you give more effectively, please contact us.

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Corporate Impact

We work with companies to develop and implement strategies for maximising their social return on investment. We provide corporate philanthropy, CSR, employee volunteering, and partnership development advice.

When it comes to CSR, sustainability and community investment, companies have immense potential to create change both inside and outside their organisations. To get there, they must navigate diverse challenges, from developing strategies for social impact aligned with their core business, to balancing the needs and desires of a range of stakeholders, including shareholders, management teams, staff, and customers.

I.G. Advisors works with companies of all sizes to meet these demands with creative, differentiated strategies and realistic solutions.

We have worked with clients to design and launch corporate foundations and to establish charitable partnerships that meet both corporate targets and social objectives. We also work with CSR departments to refresh strategies, expand to new markets, or build buy-in from key stakeholders.

Create a CSR strategy that goes beyond just doing good. To find out how we can support your corporate team, please contact us.

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Fundraising

We work with charities and social enterprises to diversify and sustainably grow their income. We have extensive major gifts, corporate partnerships, and campaigning experience.

Organisations with a healthy, diversified funding base are more likely to achieve their mission. For most charities and social enterprises, fundraising is essential, but this necessary activity can seem like a daunting task.

I.G. Advisors identifies step-by-step solutions to help charities achieve short and long-term fundraising goals. We have a deep understanding of the donor world and bring an active and realistic perspective to fundraising.

Our direct experience in working with both donors and fundraisers means that we know how to create sustainable income streams from major gifts, corporates, trusts, foundations and statutory funders. We can help you devise a fundraising strategy that appeals to your donors and also matches your ethos, capacity, and ambitions.

Our work includes developing innovative partnerships with corporate donors and building vehicles for strategic donor engagement. We also help social enterprises navigate challenges unique to creating profit within a social purpose. We can help you scale your business development activities while ensuring that you stay true to your social mission.

To ensure lasting solutions, I.G. Advisors provides coaching for senior staff in charities and social enterprises with a focus on fundraising and management.

Sustainably diversify and grow your income. To learn how I.G. can help, contact us.

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Clients

Our clients include philanthropists, foundations, companies, charities, and social enterprises. They work in a variety of areas including global health, education, women & girls, human rights, impact investing, and arts & culture.

Social Misfits Media

Our sister company helps charities and social enterprises design and implement vibrant digital strategies. They focus on helping clients use social media for marketing, campaigning, and fundraising purposes.

Social media has proven itself to be a sophisticated outreach tool for many organisations. Most charities and social enterprises now use social media to advocate, advertise, or launch appeals. But not every organisation does so effectively.

In 2012, I.G. Advisors launched Social Misfits Media to help charities and social enterprises think strategically about their digital presence. Social Misfits Media works with clients to create dynamic social media strategies for marketing, campaigning, and fundraising.

Specifically, Social Misfits Media runs bespoke social media workshops, designs social media strategies, manages social media accounts, and publishes a range of innovative guides.

To learn more about Social Misfits Media, please visit their website.

Team

Carlos Miranda Chief Executive
Alisha F. Miranda Managing Director
Juliet Cockram Head of Philanthropy
Valentina Barbacci Senior Advisor
Emily Collins Advisor
Erin Longhurst Communications & Social Media Advisor
Rachel Stephenson Sheff Junior Advisor
Hannah Donald Junior Advisor

Carlos Miranda, Chief Executive

Carlos is an entrepreneur passionate about business with purpose. His work focuses on helping charities and businesses scale their impact, whether it’s through providing strategic advice, or helping clients make better use of digital technologies. Based in London, Carlos splits his time between three socially-driven organisations in various roles as Founder, CEO, and Chairman.

In 2011 Carlos founded I.G. Advisors, a strategy consultancy, of which he is currently CEO. I.G. focuses on providing philanthropy, corporate impact, and fundraising advice. Since launching I.G., Carlos has advised a wide variety of philanthropists, foundations, companies, charities, and social enterprises. I.G.’s clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UN Women.

Carlos is also the Founder and Chairman of Social Misfits Media, I.G.'s sister company. Social Misfits Media advises organizations on how best to use social media to interact with those critical to their success. Social Misfits creates social media strategies for marketing, campaigning, and fundraising. The company also publishes widely used guides to social media. Social Misfits works with many of the social media platforms as well as a range of businesses and charities including Facebook and the Old Vic Theatre.

Driven by an interest in technology, Carlos understood the need for reliable, robust and practical technological support, tools and expertise for beyond profit organisations. In 2016, he co-founded Lightful, a suite of viral social media publishing and fundraising tools for organizations working to make the world a better place. Lightful works with charities and social enterprises looking to scale their impact through increased efficiency and efficacy via the power of technology.

He is a Trustee of the H Club Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Guardian's Voluntary Sector Network.

Carlos started his career as a major gifts fundraiser at the New York Public Library. Carlos holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University. He is fluent in Spanish and father to very rambunctious boy-girl twins; Carlos failed to convince his wife of the benefits of naming them Luke and Leia.

carlos@ig-advisors.com

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Alisha F. Miranda, Managing Director

Alisha F. Miranda has focused her career on helping innovative programmes build scale and become sustainable. She has been advising I.G. Advisors since its founding in 2011 and joined the firm full-time in 2015 as Managing Director. Alisha brings to the team over a decade of experience in CSR, philanthropy and women and girls related work.

Most recently, Alisha was the Director of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono service that helps NGOs and social enterprises in over 170 countries access pro bono legal support. In her first 18 months at the organization, Alisha grew the network by over 100% and launched two new products: a global index of pro bono and a training course on social enterprise and impact investing.

Previously, Alisha managed global community investment at Standard Chartered Bank, where she designed the global expansion strategy for the Goal programme which gives adolescent girls in urban slums access to critical life skills and knowledge like financial literacy and reproductive health through sport. Goal now runs in 21 countries, and is the largest corporate programme supporting adolescent girls.

Alisha is a co-founder of Not My Style, an app that tells you how much your favourite brands share about the women who make your clothes. She is also trustee of Coin Street Community Builders, Women Win, and an advisor to Lend-A-Hand India. She was previously a trustee of the UK National Committee for UN Women and member of the Global Reporting Initiative's gender working group on the G3 Guidelines. She received a Master's Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Women's Studies.

She will never name her children Luke and Leia.

alisha@ig-advisors.com

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Juliet Cockram, Head of Philanthropy

Juliet Cockram's career has focused on connecting high impact social causes with those who have the resources to truly make a difference. Juliet has worked in the fields of international development and philanthropy for more than eleven years, in a variety of senior and leadership roles and settings. She has worked for individual philanthropists, foundations and financial institutions, as well as charities and social enterprises. Her experience is diverse, including the setting up and running of charitable foundations, private and corporate giving programmes; the management and growing of charities to achieve greater sustainability; and development of a philanthropy platform for a global wealth management bank.

Juliet was most recently a Director of UBS Philanthropy Services UK, where she advised UHNW and HNW clients of UBS on effective giving, developed global philanthropy solutions and connected high impact causes with donors. During this time, she managed innovative fundraising campaigns to leverage more than £6million into selected causes. After a year in post, this newly formed philanthropy service was nominated for two industry awards.

Previously, Juliet worked as Foundation Director for the emerging markets investment manager, Ashmore, where she developed the oversaw the company's global philanthropic strategy spanning charitable investments across 7 countries. Juliet is also a Director (trustee) of the Nationwide Foundation, an award-winning UK grant- making Foundation.

Juliet has Masters degrees from Oxford University and University College London, a Certificate in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment from Cass Business School and has undertaken field-based, Harvard Business School-led training in social enterprise.

In her spare time Juliet is a voracious traveller, foodie and yogi.

juliet@ig-advisors.com

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Valentina Barbacci, Senior Advisor

Valentina Barbacci is a client relations professional with a career long-passion for social entrepreneurship and impact, particularly in the areas of human rights and female empowerment. She currently serves as Executive Director of an innovative media nonprofit focused on women and girls empowerment in Sierra Leone, and Advisory Board Member of a human rights nonprofit in Cameroon. She has also worked as a philanthropy consultant on various social impact projects on behalf of UHNW clients and charities.

Valentina was most recently a Client Solutions Director at General Assembly, a New York-headquartered technology and digital education company where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies on their digital transformation and employee upskilling. Prior to that she worked at Guidepoint Global, a leading primary research firm where she managed client relations and projects covering all industries and geographies for analysts and investors in EMEA and APAC. Her clients included global banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and mutual funds.

Valentina began her career at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, managing high-level meetings and corporate endowed lectureships on U.S. foreign policy with renowned economists, policymakers, and academics. She led delegations to U.S. military bases, government and intergovernmental institutions, financial and technology companies. She also oversaw CFR's program for future policy leaders coordinating seminars and study-trips.

Valentina holds a BA in International Relations and Journalism from Boston University. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Spanish, and has a basic foundation in Turkish and Russian. When she's not working she's known for using her linguistic talent for surprising and blending in with the locals wherever she travels, which is just about anywhere and everywhere in the world.

valentina@ig-advisors.com

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Emily Collins, Advisor

Emily is a fundraising and communications specialist who joined I.G. from the youth mental health charity, Off Centre. Her non-profit career has focussed on mental health and human rights, most notably with Helen Bamber Foundation. Her experience centres on trust, foundation and major gifts fundraising, and editorial and digital communications. As well as being a trustee for Walk A Mile in My Shoes, a mental health campaign, she has been a LGBTQ and women’s rights campaigner, a trustee of LGBT mental health charity ELOP, & a non-executive director of the national higher education ombudsmen. She volunteers for a number of small projects related to LGBTQ rights & services, and refugee & asylum seeking women.

Emily holds a BSc in Psychology from Bangor University, where she was also involved in campaigning & representation work with the Students' Union. After graduating, her career continued in the same vein - facilitating campaigns, representation and student engagement - before she moved into charity work.

Emily is passionate about intersectional gender equality, human rights & anti-racism, and spends a borderline-unhealthy amount of time on Twitter talking about them. She and her wife-to-be both live and work in the London Bridge area, and really enjoy being able to walk to work together. She is the only member of the team who does not drink coffee, and is often reminded of how absurd her independence from caffeine is.

emily@ig-advisors.com

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Erin Longhurst, Communications and Social Media Advisor

Erin has been part of the Social Misfits Media team as Communications and Social Media Advisor since May 2015, managing the social media and communications for both organisations, as well as those of clients.

Most recently, Erin has been working in the world of digital content for leading digital agencies, responsible for creating and implementing successful integrated content, community management and social media strategies on behalf of global brands.

Erin brings to the team a strong international background in research, communications and media. Previously, she has worked in sponsorship sales as a commercial analyst for the UK and Japanese markets, as well as for international non-governmental organisations.

As a graduate in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a United Nations International School alumnus, Erin is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women & girls. She is a fluent Japanese speaker with strong connections to New York, Cambodia and the UK.

In her spare time she can be found instagramming photos of food and writing about it on her food blog.

erin@socialmisfitsmedia.com

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Rachel Stephenson Sheff, Junior Advisor

Rachel is a dynamic development professional and creative producer, with a passion for intersectional politics. As a creative thinker, she believes firmly in the fusion of art and advocacy as a powerful force of social change, and in the platform of storytelling to inspire restorative action.

Rachel brings to the team 5 years of extensive non-profit development experience from her time living in New York (the Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Housing Works). She has a strong background in major gifts, institutional giving and membership, and enjoys helping organizations communicate their missions to diverse audiences. Her other hats include creative producer and publicist, and in 2015 she produced the Canadian hit show, pomme is french for apple, at The Public Theater in New York, which landed the number one slot on Time Out New York’s Hot List.

A proud Canadian, Rachel graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she earned an honours BFA in Drama with Minors in Producing and Applied Theatre. She loves all things travel and recently spent 8 months working remotely while adventuring solo through India, Southeast Asia and North Africa. She approaches her fundraising from an international perspective, and hopes to spend her life creating platforms for important voices to be seen and celebrated.

rachel@ig-advisors.com

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Hannah Donald, Junior Advisor

Hannah became part of the Social Misfits Media team as Junior Social Media Advisor in November 2016, having been a volunteer for Not My Style, an app that tells you how much your favourite brands share about the women who make your clothes since December 2015.

Prior to this she completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Nottingham, and a postgraduate degree in Fashion Journalism at Kingston University; these fuelled Hannah’s interest in, and knowledge of, women’s rights and fashion.

Hannah went on to spend two years travelling, mostly around Australia, as well as Asia, before returning to London to work as a copywriter for an international fashion company. Hannah brings to the team extensive writing experience, strong commercial awareness, and driven by the ever changing digital world, as well as a keen interest in social enterprise.

In her spare time she can be found keeping up with all things sustainable fashion, getting her yoga zen on, or cooking up a veggie storm.

hannah@socialmisfitsmedia.com

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