May 6, 2011

Arabella Advisors Buys Blueprint, Expanding Philanthropic Services to West Coast

Acquisition of Blueprint Research + Design creates comprehensive platform

Arabella Advisors, a national philanthropy services firm, has acquired San Francisco-based Blueprint Research + Design Inc., giving it a West Coast presence in addition to its offices in New York, Chicago and Washington, the firm said in an announcement on Wednesday.

Arabella helps clients develop, design and implement philanthropic projects worldwide by providing strategic consulting, project implementation, due diligence, evaluation, grant execution and foundation management services to foundations, corporations, families, impact investors and social entrepreneurs.

It said that Blueprint, which is known for bringing data-driven analysis to assessment and funding strategies, would continue as part of Arabella Advisors, with integration of staff and services taking place over the next several months. Blueprint’s San Francisco headquarters will become Arabella’s first West Coast office.

“Having a firm with all of these resources under one roof is a tremendous asset for our clients and for the field of philanthropy,” Arabella’s founder and principal Eric Kessler said in the statement. “Arabella has the knowledge, the relationships and the talent base to help clients translate mission into action and maximize their impact in more ways than ever.”

Blueprint founder and president Lucy Bernholz said the firms were aligned to create a new model for philanthropic consulting. “We share Arabella’s entrepreneurial spirit and a common vision of driving informed philanthropic investments that solve problems and bring about measurable change,” she said in the statement. Bernholz is the author of Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution, and is an industry analyst and blogger.

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