Client List and Testimonials

Philanthropy/Foundations

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Barr Foundation
Bloomberg Associates
Case Foundation
CF Leads
Cricket Island Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Economic Justice Organizing Funders Network
EdVestors
Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
Eos Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Trustees Initiative
Ford Foundation
Foundation Center/GrantCraft
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Goldman Sachs Foundation
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
JM Kaplan Fund
John & James L. Knight Foundation
Kellogg Foundation
Kettering Foundation
Melville Charitable Trust
Meyer Foundation (Eugene and Agnes)
Milbank Memorial Fund
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
NEO Philanthropy
New York Community Trust
New York Foundation
Oak Foundation
Open Society Institute
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)
Philanthropy New York
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
Smith Family Foundation

Nonprofit Organizations

ABC News
Academy for Educational Development
Carnegie Council for International Ethics
Center for Community Change
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Education Writers Association
Greenpeace – MobLab
Hechinger Institute
Indiana University – Center on Philanthropy
Miami University
Mobilize.org
Monitor Institute
Music National Service
National Conference on Citizenship
National Council of Nonprofits
NetAid
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
New York Cares
New York Community Trust
Nonprofit Quarterly
Physicians for Human Rights
Planned Parenthood – New York City
Right Question Institute
TIAA-Cref Institute
Tufts University/Campus Compact

Testimonials

I had the pleasure and privilege of having Cynthia Gibson as my mentor as I transitioned into my first executive director position. Her candor, experience and passion helped make a personally and professionally difficult transition manageable, and her guidance helped set me up for success. I benefited greatly from Cynthia’s coaching and wouldn’t be where… Continue reading Maya Enista – Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation

Maya Enista – Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation

Cindy knows her stuff! It’s a gift to work with someone who can be a thought partner. She knows how to appropriately question and push-and-pull in a way that always moves us forward in a much smarter way.

Jen Bokoff, Foundation Center

We needed a communications strategy tailored to the particular needs of a small, private foundation not a cookie-cutter approach.We needed someone who knew our unique challenges and opportunities and found that expertise in Cynthia. She not only gets what we do; she knows the landscape and helped us zero in on what was doable in… Continue reading Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation

Maria Mottola, Executive Director, New York Foundation

I have engaged Cynthia in many of the organizations I’ve had the chance to serve. She has an incredible capacity to sythinsize complex research data, elicit substantive information through engaging interviews, and uncover the most compelling aspects of programs while revealing areas needing a reboot. up. Her writing is unparalleled and the individual attention she… Continue reading Peter Wilderotter, President & CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Peter Wilderotter, President & CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

We were looking for an evaluation of our immigration grants program over the last several years and hired Cynthia Gibson for the job. She produced the perfect report on a quick timeline. It was pitched at the right level, sophisticated, nuanced and exactly what our board needed to understand where our impact had been, what… Continue reading Suzette Brooks Masters, former Program Director, Immigration, J. M. Kaplan Fund

Suzette Brooks Masters, former Program Director, Immigration, J. M. Kaplan Fund

Cynthia Gibson exemplifies the name of her firm: Cynthesis Consulting. She’s a true utility player, able to provide research and analyses on a wide range of topics from a diverse set of sources and distill it all in extremely readable formats free of jargon for busy people to consider. The final product provides a number… Continue reading Geri Mannion, Director, Strengthening Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Geri Mannion, Director, Strengthening Democracy Program and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Cynthia has a talent for seeing the forest and the trees, and making them visible to others. With deep intuition and broad networks, Cynthia picks up on and helps amplify emerging trends.

Linda Wood, Senior Director, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Cindy is a thoughtful writer, strategist, and thought partner who always begins with the end in mind and works efficiently and effectively to get the job done. Her deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector brings new perspective and lessons to every engagement beyond her excellent execution of the task at hand.

Marinell Rousmaniere, President, EdVestors