Multiply the Potential

A company’s profit and philanthropy aren’t mutually exclusive. Factor exists to help companies leverage the purpose in their products and profits to multiply potential far beyond their business.


We founded Factor because we saw a missed connection.

As business and philanthropic strategists, we saw hundreds of millions of corporate philanthropic dollars go out with the best intentions—and not move the dial. We wanted to understand why philanthropic efforts so often created inefficiencies and drained resources, without resulting in lasting results or social impact.

We believe there is a better way. When people at every level are deeply involved, philanthropy can be an X factor for both business and society.


Karen Ludwig Kariuki, Principal

Karen founded Factor Philanthropy after nearly twenty years working in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sector. Her broad-based experience and exposure has given her a passion for creating social impact, driving change, and delivering results. Karen has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Stanford University. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

We are consultants on a mission to radically transform companies and the communities they partner with.

We strive to be:


We are motivated to make things happen, paying close attention to industry knowledge, data, and results.


We are driven to add value to companies and communities in ways that multiply far beyond a financial transaction.


We build authentic connections with everyone we work with.


We are both a champion and a critic as necessary, always saying the true thing.


We think outside the box and create new pathways to multiply potential.

Let’s start the conversation.


New Canaan, CT
Norwich, VT