Explore a few highlights of our local partnerships in the communities where we live and work.
Despite a long list of strengths, the city of Montreal lagged behind Canada's five other largest cities on several critical measures: GDP, population, employment and average disposable income growth rates.
L. Jacques Ménard, president of BMO Financial Group (Bank of Montreal), invited BCG to help detail opportunities for Montreal to drive its own urban rebirth.
A BCG team based in Montreal interviewed civic leaders and analyzed seven comparable cities that had successfully returned to prosperity. The potential that can be tapped by investing in infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life in the metropolis is clearly laid out in the joint report published by BMO and BCG. This effort led to the launch of "Je Vois Montreal"—I See Montreal—a major community initiative orchestrated by the Montreal City Hall.
Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the nation. For more than 35 years, the Feeding America network of 200 food banks has continually increased the number of meals it provides to food-insecure families. Last year alone, the network provided more than 3 billion meals to more than 46 million people.
Following the 2008 economic downturn, the Feeding America network significantly increased service to people in need; however, coordination among food bank members lagged the expansion. Less than 40% of national freight for food delivery was coordinated across food banks, driving up the costs of purchasing and distributing food.
BCG helped Feeding America save costs through better coordination, food-sharing cooperatives, and national distribution centers that optimized freight costs—saving the organization the equivalent of 18 million meals.
Save the Children Mexico touches the lives of nearly 300,000 children and adolescents each year. Since 2006, BCG has supported the organization in its mission to create immediate and lasting change in children's lives.
BCG helped guide the transformation of Save the Children Mexico from semi-independent regional operations into one strong national organization that focuses on high-priority regions. We have also helped Save the Children Mexico draft and present a report promoting the importance of social protection, food security, and nutrition to the 2012 G20 summit in Los Cabos.
Most recently, we have worked with Save the Children Mexico's leaders to define the organization's strategy through 2018, assess its current positioning in the NGO sector, prioritize the growth opportunities promising the greatest impact, evaluate alternative channels and target segments for fund-raising, and identify key organizational capabilities to develop over the next few years.
TECHO is a youth-led nonprofit that seeks to overcome poverty in the slums of Latin America and the Caribbean. It uses the joint work of volunteers and residents to build houses, implement community development programs, foster social awareness and action, and advocate.
After ten years of successful growth in Chile, TECHO needed more funding to execute its regional expansion program.
BCG worked closely with the organization to develop a five-year funding strategy to triple its annual revenues to realize its growth plan. The targeted increase in funding will enable TECHO to engage in active work in more than 2,000 slums, provide housing solutions to 50,000 families, and mobilize more than 300,000 volunteers by 2017.