Beyond a conventional consulting firm that affects change client-by-client, The Athena Advisors is driven by a belief in social justice and dedicated to raising the performance and capacity of our mission driven sector to achieve it. That’s why we have created programs that build individual, organizational, and global programs for good.

We believe we are Stronger/Together.

Natalie Grandison, Inaugural Racing Upwards Fellow

Racing Upwards

Racing Upwards fellowships offer communities of color the opportunity to build fundraising skills. Because fundraising is a central responsibility of organizational leaders, people in the C-Suite or on a board have to know about fundraising—its ethics, strategies, tactics, and challenges. This six- month paid fellowship is a mix of client experience and adding fundraising knowledge to your skillset.


IncuBetter Award

The IncuBetter Award provides a suite of resources to an entrepreneur to start or expand a for-profit business directly related to advancing social justice and strengthening the nonprofit sector.

Read about the work of our inaugural recipient of the IncuBetter Award, Hana Mandikova, here on the blog.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is our latest service within Stronger/Together, a portfolio of capacity-building activities for professionals involved in social justice work. It is designed to be an informal space for meaningful discussion in small groups. It is just one hour and includes a short presentation by a specialist on the theme.

Previous themes have included Progress and Success, Sustainability, Happiness, Mentorship and Poetry for Social Justice, Women in Leadership and New Working Ways.

Our next theme is The Trials and Tribulations of Starting a Nonprofit on October 7 at 10am eastern/3pm London. Find the LinkedIn event here.

Upcoming events: 
December 7 at 10am eastern/3pm London. Theme TBC. Find the LinkedIn event here for details on fellow attendees and our presenter(s).


The Athena Advisors and the Arts

Hear more about the arts and social justice at The Athena Advisors.

The field of social justice is best served when all of our senses and capabilities and interests are engaged.  The Artist in Residence Program and Music Curator Program bring the arts to clients and associates.

The Artist in Residence Program reflects our commitment to the capacity-building of the nonprofit sector, knowing that social justice work is difficult and vibrant. Teaching artist (Eleni Litt, Ph.D) serves as the artist-in-residence. It is freestanding “mark-making”, lasting one hour. It requires no particular artistic skills. A very diverse group of professionals joins from London, Paris—and Illinois.

The Music Curator Program reflects our passion for advocating for the powerful role the arts can play in the field of social justice. Our Music Curator in Residence, Carmen Bitar, selects music for our capacity-building events.

Our next workshop is on October 26 at 9 eastern/2 London. Everyone welcome; you will find the LinkedIn event here.

And mark your diaries for our final Artist in Residence workshop of 2022: December 14 (LinkedIn event).

Hear more about the arts and social justice at The Athena Advisors.

Coffee Break Insights

We know you are busy and it is why we created ‘Coffee Break Insights’. With these 5-minute readings, you can learn more about various fundraising topics while enjoying a cup of coffee. Each post also recommends two ‘in-depth’ readings for you to deepen your knowledge.

The Stronger/Together Forum was an invitation-only group of business leaders in the nonprofit and affiliated space, talking monthly with candor and joy about the challenges of work and life during the pandemic.

You can read about it on our blog.