In a world where government and international donors far “outfund” philanthropy institutions, collaboration is one of the major ways that foundations of all sizes can increase their impact on a global scale.
Our model is built on the belief that no organization or sector can create transformative social change on its own, but visionary social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and cross-sector partners can lead (and are leading) the way to a dramatically different and brighter future in our nation.
Funders in all philanthropic sectors are increasingly pooling or coordinating funding for greater impact, or to address particularly challenging social and environmental problems.
Collaboration can be very challenging to traditional notions of leadership.
The philanthropic field now largely recognizes the importance of collaboration, but few funders fully exploit this powerful change-making tool. Here’s how three different forms of collaboration can amplify impact and fit with any funder’ strategy, time constraints, and financial resources._x000D__x000D_
But how does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy? What is the role of collaboration?
Together, these six foundations were able to inform public discussion, build trust and transparency among the diverse parties engaged in that discussion, help create consensus, amplify voices of communities most likely to be affected by finance reform, and continually monitor and contribute to the public conversation as the new funding law moved toward passage.
So what is holding so many organizations back from getting to impact?
There is no right way to make global grants, but understanding the available options can help donors make the best choices for both themselves and their grantees, and ensure their gifts will be safe, secure, and tax-effective.
In many ways, the question of “Who gets the credit?” is the wrong question. It is based on assumptions that programs and organizations achieve results on their own.