Hal (Harold S.) Williams

Outcome Guide


  • Developed The Rensselaerville Institute (TRI) from a small summer conference center to an internationally respected resource for defining, tracking, verifying, and reporting outcomes for persons and communities in strong need.

  • Lead author of Outcome Funding, a New Approach to Targeted Grantmaking, now in its 4th edition and widely cited as a leading text in outcome tools for government, foundations, and nonprofit organizations more focused on results than activities.

  • Provided outcome guidance to over 100 foundation, government, and nonprofit clients, ranging from Time Inc, Key Corp, General Electric, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governors, nonprofit CEO’s , and foundation leaders in over 20 states.

  • Lead consultant to a U.S. Presidential Commission.

  • Author of over 100 articles on themes of results, innovation, and entrepreneurial approaches.

  • Creator of community renewal programs based on “community sparkplugs” as featured in Parade Magazine (cover story) the New York Times, National Public Radio and CBS Television.


1969-1972     Program Director, The Rensselaerville Institute (then called The Institute on Man and Science)

1973-2008     President, The Rensselaerville Institute

2008-2011     Outcome Guide (independent guide for organizations and individuals seeking to improve human lives and conditions)

1967-1969     U.S. Army, Continental Army Command (Recipient, American Spirit Honor Medal and Army Commendation Medal)

1966-1967     Executive Director, American Foundation for Continuing Education

1965-1966     Project Director, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies


1965               B.A., Stanford University, English with Honors in Humanities.

                        At Stanford, funded and directed Project South, student-run research project on civil rights, and served as West Coast director of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

                        Graduate studies in sociology, business, and psychology.

Publications: (cross-section of over 75)

“Going from Good to Great”, Community Health Forum, Winter/Spring 2011

“Don’t Confuse Meetings with Work - - 5 Tips to get out of the Meeting Rut”, The Capital District Business Review, Albany, NY, September 2, 2005.

Outcome Funding: A New Approach to Targeted Grantmaking, 2004, Fourth Edition.

"Outcome Based Consulting," INNOVATING, Summer, 1999.

"Meetings, Meetings, Meetings," Current Municipal Problems, Fall, 1992.

"Of Settlements and Subdivisions," Small Town, March-April, 1991.

"Assumptions for Innovation," Chemtech, January, 1991.

"Write Your Way In", College Outlook & Career Opportunities (Townsend Communications), 1987 reprinted annually.

"Originality, the Key to Great Meetings," Convention World, September/October, 1987.

"Entrepreneurs in Government?" Entrepreneurial Excellence, January, 1987.  (Published by The American Management Association.)

"How Non-Profit Organizations Can Become Entrepreneurial," Canadian Housing, Fall, 1985.

"Growing Smaller May Be Your Best Strategy," In Business, January-February, 1983.

"The Corbett Compact," Small Town, January-February, 1980. Reprinted in RAIN, The Journal of Appropriate Technology, June, 1980.

"Professional Ethics in Action," The Torch, October, 1977.

"Small Business and the Civic Welfare."  Testimony before US Senate Committee on Small Business, December, 1975.