Testimonials

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 a real- world context.

 

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 gives to her projects is remarkable. She is the finest consultant I’ve ever engaged.

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

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

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

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 I am today without her investment in me and my organization.

Maya Enista, Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation

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 of scenarios to debate and gives the reader a plan of action to follow. She is also a thoughtful listener and an excellent writer. I would highly recommend her for any project, large or small.

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

Cynthia’s the real deal. We hired her as a respected consultant and unexpectedly gained a trusted teammate as well. She’s wicked smart yet grounded in practical application; high energy with a can-do/will-do spirit; analytical, networked, engaging, inspiring, and creative. She sees things others don’t and will tell you things others won’t. She thinks strategically at a high level, translates for real-world action, and coaches for successful impact.

Tim Delaney, President & CEO, National Council of Nonprofits

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 others in the field thought of our work, and how to think through next steps for our program.

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

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, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Candid