Inspire. Engage. Transform.

VIVA is a social impact consulting firm offering comprehensive strategy and communications consultation services.


At the core of our effectiveness is VIVA’s ability to infuse innovative strategic thinking, experienced facilitation, and smart communications into each of our social impact consultation projects. In blending these skills, we ensure that our clients’ experiences with us are transformative, and we dramatically increase our impact—and their success.

VIVA provides social impact consulting services in the following service areas. Emerging and established leaders also benefit from VIVA’s leadership training and coaching programs.

Strategy & Implementation

VIVA believes that strategic planning and implementation processes can and should be transformative. To achieve this, we design and facilitate processes that engage, inspire, and spark new insights. We guide organizations and boards to assess their roles in their communities, consider new and unlikely opportunities for impact, and decide how to invest their time and resources for maximum return.

Strategic Capacity Building

Through our forward-thinking strategic capacity building services, we work closely with organizations to develop the capacity they need for long-term impact. We develop strategies to strengthen internal and external effectiveness. We plan and facilitate staff trainings, design technical assistance to support partners and grantees, and develop presentations and key messages for outreach.

Governance and Leadership Development

Strong leadership leads to powerful impact. We offer leaders wise counsel to navigate competing priorities and constituencies. We offer executive coaching, thought partnership, and counsel to help leaders effectively engage their boards and staff. We also orient board members for maximum effectiveness and facilitate strategic retreats that are fun, right-sized, and useful.

Strategic Communications

Through strategic communications consultation, we help social impact organizations strengthen messages, inspire key audiences, and achieve desired outcomes for maximum impact. VIVA provides comprehensive services that include communications planning, branding, web design, copywriting, graphic design, social media, marketing, video production, public relations, and event planning.

Grantmaking and Portfolio Alignment

VIVA constructs grantee-centric, mission-aligned portfolios for foundations. We analyze the landscape, develop relationships, screen for outcomes, and serve as allies to both funders and grantees. In doing so, we enable social entrepreneurs to achieve the greatest impact with the fewest obstacles. We offer high-touch, personalized service with a seamless process that results in high-impact, joyful giving.

Community Collaboration

Social impact organizations have greater impact when they don’t go it alone. We are dynamic developers of partnerships because we understand that solving complex social challenges requires cross-sector solutions. VIVA has deep experience building and sustaining collective impact initiatives. We help our clients forge strong partnerships, align resources and goals, develop effective governance structures, and craft common messages.
  • “Working with VIVA was refreshing and very different than typical strategic planning efforts. Their energy and sense of fun served to engage our contributors, and yet the process was highly focused and effective.”

    Iliana Rodriguez
    Director, San Mateo County Human Services Agency