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Resource Topic: Partnerships & Collaboration

Driving Collaboration: Bridging the Gap Between Grantmakers and Grantseekers

Sponsored by In today’s everchanging world, grantmakers, applicants, and grantees need to collaborate to serve the communities that need resources the most. As many funders are re-evaluating how they operate to adapt to the changing environment, what does that mean for how they partner with grantees? And, what challenges facing grantseekers that could be … Continued

From Reviewer to Co-Designer: Collaborating with Applicants to Strengthen Proposals

Traditionally, grantmaking is a closed, sometimes obscure, process that often creates frustration for both grantseekers and foundation staff. Two years ago, the Health Foundation of South Florida completely revamped their grantmaking approach by, among other changes, introducing the concept of “proposal co-design.” This presentation uncovers the proposal co-design approach – what it means from a … Continued

Lessons from a Participatory Journey: Fund to Build Grassroots Power

Explore the pathway to a participatory process that enhances equitable practices in grantmaking. Examining the experience of the Fund to Build Grassroots Power (est. 2018), viewers journey through the process of moving from idea to impact when incorporating participation into the grantmaking process. Participatory novices and experts alike will learn to contribute to a greater … Continued

How to Facilitate Inclusive Meetings

It isn’t enough to get everyone in one room: To ensure your committee meetings are inclusive and productive, you need to prepare thoughtfully and facilitate proactively. Bring a diversity of voices into grantmaking decisions by using external review committees or engaging in participatory grantmaking. Our how-to guide gives you clear, actionable insight for setting ground … Continued

How to Recruit and Onboard Diverse and Inclusive Grant Committees

Putting together a committee of community volunteers to weigh in on your award decisions is a powerful way to drive equity in your grantmaking. Make the first steps with this guide to understanding who you need at the table, how to find them, and what they’ll need to know to become an effective and influential … Continued

How Brooklyn Community Foundation Centers Community Voices in Grantmaking Strategy

Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) is dedicated to building a fair and just Brooklyn for everyone, with a particular focus on addressing racial disparities through grantmaking, advocacy and organizing, leadership, and training. “Because BCF took to heart the input of individuals in the borough, it does not just fund communities that are historically underinvested in, but … Continued

Participation, Power, Philanthropy: Putting Nonprofits and Communities in the Driver’s Seat

As grants managers, our desire to make a positive impact on the communities we serve fuels our work. To create the greatest impact, we must work side by side with nonprofits and communities to solve problems and determine the most effective path forward. But what does it look like when nonprofits and communities drive our … Continued

Strategies for Narrowing the Power Gap in Philanthropy

Watch and listen as we introduce our second Principle for Peak Grantmaking: Narrow the Power Gap. We’ll explore why this work is important and our learning strategy for our members, and share resources we have available. You’ll also hear from Lauren Padilla-Valverde, senior program manager at the California Endowment, who will share their story, an … Continued

Engaging and Empowering Healthy Communities at the California Endowment

This case story is an exploration of the Building Healthy Communities program at the California Endowment, which aims to hear local voices, build trust, and ensure power resides within the community. Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform … Continued

How to Be Transparent, Clear, and Responsive with Your Grantees

This guide is designed to help you assess your practices around transparency, communications, and responsiveness, and to help you create practices that support strong and trusting relationships. Redefining the power balance with your grantees starts with building stronger and more trusting relationships while also expanding your circles of trust to include perspectives different from your … Continued