Subsidies for Clients

Karl Mathiasen at Management Assistance Group

Karl Mathiasen at Management Assistance Group

The Karl Mathiasen Equity & Innovation Fund is a philanthropic fund created to subsidize our consulting engagements with networks, organizations, and individual leaders that have limited means to engage in capacity building. The Fund also finances cutting-edge change strategies and seeds innovative programs such as our MAGLab.

We launched the Fund in 1995 to honor our co-founder’s, Karl Mathiasen, immeasurable contributions to the advocacy and organizational development fields, to ensure that his influence would continue to be felt for generations to come, and to continue to provide needed services to worthy organizations who couldn’t otherwise afford assistance. 

We determine eligibility for a subsidy from the Karl Mathiasen Equity & Innovation Fund as we engage clients in the early stages of our partnership while we work to craft a scope of work together. We prioritize groups who are working with low-income communities or communities of color and who are working in a movement network context, working to make immediate impact on critical social justice issues, or pursuing innovative strategies for addressing entrenched problems. Usually, Fund recipients receive between 5% and 20% of the total cost of a consulting engagement. 


A Few Past Recipients

Hope House provides cutting edge programs to strengthen the relationship between children and their incarcerated fathers. It also focuses on reducing the isolation, stigma, shame and risk these families experience when fathers and husbands are imprisoned and to raise public awareness about this most at-risk population. MAG supported the executive director in implementing the plan for growth, impact, and sustainability.

The Center for Whole Communities are activists in a new land movement that integrates conservation, health, and justice by honoring and deepening the connections among land, people and community. MAG supported the organization through a transition from a founding executive director to new leadership, and provided coaching to the Board on its vital role during this change.

The Partnership for Working Families is a national organization that supports community coalitions and campaigns working at the local municipal level to ensure that low income and middle income workers and communities share in the benefits of economic growth and development. MAG facilitated the Board’s exploration of the organization’s direction and focus, and strengthened the local group’s fundraising.

Justice for D.C. Youth is the only local advocacy voice for incarcerated youth in the District. It focuses on finding community-based alternatives to incarceration, reversing the trend of "adultification" of youth, and giving youth and their families a voice in the legislative and policy making process. MAG helped them develop a strategy to become an independent organization.

The National Network of Abortion Funds convenes, trains, and encourages over 100 grassroots groups that (1) raise money to help low income, immigrant, and other women cover the costs of abortions they cannot afford, and (2) advocate at the state level for reproductive rights. MAG worked with the Network on adapting strategy that accounts for the shifting reproductive rights field and the broader economic and political climate.  


Support the Karl Mathiasen Equity & Innovation Fund

Since the Fund’s inception, gifts from committed individuals have financed work with over 50 social justice organizations. Help some of the most exciting, innovative social justice organizations create real change and donate today!