Lief Strategies

Louise Lief

Engaging Communities

Helping Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Media Engage and Work with Communities

I am an independent consultant to philanthropy, non-profits and media. My focus areas include civic engagement and collaborative approaches, philanthropy, citizen and community science, environment, environmental justice, data justice, participatory research, media and investigations. My work often centers on
communities that have been marginalized and underserved, and the solutions-oriented strategies that help them move forward. My services include projectwork and publications.

I apply decades of experience as a reporter skilled in investigations to help organizations understand when, how and why successful change occurs in their field, and to identify and implement lessons their organization can use.

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My Expertise

My focus areas include civic engagement and collaborative approaches, philanthropy, citizen and community science, environment, environmental justice, data justice, participatory research, media and investigations.

Notable Projects

Civic & Community Engagement in Southwestern Philanthropy

Philanthropy Southwest

Hidden Light: Exploring Oceans for Creatures That Glow

American Museum of Natural History

Crossing the Divide

International Reporting Project

Featured Publications

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Hidden Burden on Low-Income Communities That Philanthropy Can Help Fix

Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 14, 2024. Matched-fund requirements make accessing federal infrastructure and climate dollars all but impossible for the very communities grant makers seek to help.

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Lief Strategies

Helping institutions and communities work together to solve problems, lead healthier, happier lives, and protect the planet.

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