The latest issue of the Nonprofit Times features an article on how regional associations are working with affinity groups within their memberships. Wil Sherk, President of Delaware Grantmakers Association, and Elisabeth Hyleck, Special Initiatives Director at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, were interviewed for the piece, which includes anecdotes and wisdom from their experiences, such as this one:
Hyleck pointed to the education funders group as an example of what affinity groups can do when working in concert. In 2011, the group convened on the federal Investing in Innovation grant. It committed $900,000 in matching funds, which helped secure about $5.5 million in federal funding for Baltimore city schools. “The established infrastructure of the Education Funders Affinity Group enables ABAG to quickly convene meetings on time-sensitive topics, such as federal funding opportunities like Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation grants,” said Hyleck.
Read Affinity Group Members Find Common Ground, or Not at the Nonprofit Times.