What We Do

We specialize in disaster risk reduction and resiliency programming, strategic and communications planning and execution, political strategy, and impact-based philanthropy.

Working within the conservation, social justice, humanitarian, development, and education sectors, our areas of expertise include:

Resiliency Building and Risk Reduction

Community resilience has extraordinary value as a disaster readiness strategy.

We specialize in helping agencies and organizations develop disaster management programs and practices that reduce risk, improve response, and build community, organizational, and environmental resilience.

In particular, our work focuses on risk communications, business continuity planning, capacity building, sustainable disaster response and recovery, and the intersection of disaster philanthropy and community building.

Strategy Services

To create positive change in the world you must first know what you what to do, how you’re going to do it, and how to measure your impact.

We create clear, measurable, and scalable strategic, campaign, engagement, and program plans for any sized organization that guide them towards their goals.

And, to ensure your success, we’ll go beyond planning to guide your team as they execute the strategy by providing ongoing-facilitation and mid-course and post-project evaluation.

Communications and Engagement

Your constituent base is your key asset to affecting change. To engage them effectively you need to make your story compelling and to deliver it with impact.

Highwatermark can help develop effective, impact-based communications strategies and materials that use all the communications tools at your disposal to shape your message and train your messengers so that they deliver – with impact.


We approach evaluation by looking beyond the activities and outputs of your program, project, or campaign to measure the true change you are having.  

By guiding you through an evaluation process that focuses on results, during both planning and implementation, we’ll  help you organization gain a greater sense of your project’s impact and effectiveness.

Political Strategy

If you are an organization that interacts with decision makers, we can help you navigate the complex relationships that are needed to achieve success.

If you are a candidate for office, or are thinking about running, we can help you analyze your options and determine your best path to victory.

We have expertise in the development and execution of government relations strategies, political organizing, and campaign management.

Impact-Based Philanthropy

Whether you are a grantor or a grantee we can help you develop the tools, systems, and strategies you need to build your capacity to deliver on your mission-driven work. We’re experienced in creating philanthropic giving programs for foundations and private donors and fund development plans for charities that deliver.

If you’re a charity seeking to build your exposure we can help you raise more funds by creating capacity-building collateral such as cases for support, annual impact reports, and campaign briefs that communicate the positive change your supporters are having with you – and that inspire new supporters to join you.

Stephen is an excellent facilitator, an effective listener, and a joy to work with.

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