The business of philanthropy-serving organizations is a business of partnerships. Building connections in our local communities and working together to create better outcomes for grantmakers can only be accomplished by working collaboratively. PSOs are natural conveners for thier members on many issues based on funding area, geography, or professional role.
Guide to Collaborative Philanthropy
San Diego Grantmakers' Guide to Collaborative Philanthropy describes how they help their members efficiently and effectively form and sustain collaborations. It is based on best practices identified from published research as well as interviews with members, regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and consultants across the nation.
Collaborative Philanthropy Playbook
Minnesota Council on Foundation's playbook for its members on its collaborative philanthropy model. It includes an overview of MCF’s collaborative philanthropy model; one-pagers about each component of the model; planning templates and guides for starting a network, working group or collaboration; other ways MCF can support peer learning and networking through program partnerships and a quick-start guide for its online community “The Hub.”
Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through A New Lens
"Co-Creation" is a case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. The companion piece, "Taking on New Roles to Address 21st Century Problems," looks at co-creation from the perspective of a regional association of grantmakers.
This resource monograph developed by Philanthropy Ohio provides brief case studies of several partnerships in which foundations play or have played a pivotal role, beyond funding to convening, advocacy and technical assistance.
Listserve Discussion: Private-Public Partnerships
A listserve discussion regarding private-public partnerships, including both responses from regional associations and research carried out by Gateway Center for Giving.
Investing in Nonprofit Mergers & Alliances
This brief explores the world of nonprofit mergers and alliances from a donor-focused perspective and details challenges, opportunities, and key questions to ask for donors who are interested in learning more.
Nonprofit Guide to Forming Alliances: Working Together to Achieve Mutual Goals
The Nonprofit Guide to Forming Alliances helps nonprofit leaders understand and strategically form alliances that work at a lower level of intensity. This concise guide has tips on how to recognize the wide range of ways that you can work with others, decide what kind of alliance you should create given your circumstances and needs, plan and start an alliance, or strengthen an existing alliance.