Working with Government

Guidance for Grantmakers


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This guide was written by Anne Mackinnon and Cynthia Gibson.

We wish to thank the grantmakers, grantees, foundation staff, and consultants who generously shared their experiences and insights, and all those whose contributions of time, talent, and perspective helped to make this guide possible.

Martin Abregu
Karen Aldridge-Eason
Charles Bailey
Susan Broman
Don Chen
Bob Crane
Michelle Depass
Michael Edwards
Kathleen Feely
Lew Feldstein
Nancy Feller
Chester Finn
Fred Frelow
Linda Gibbs
Barbara Gombach
Ruth Holton-Hodson
Paul Jellinek
Andrea Johnson
Diane Kaplan
Kilolo Kijakazi



Gara LaMarche
Michael Laracy
Steve Lawry
Michael Lerner
Michael Lipsky
Terry Mazany
Mary McDonald
Rick McGahey
Gail Nayowith
Stephanie Powers
Rip Rapson
Daniel Rader
Laura Robbins
Patricia L. Rosenfield
Tom Ross
Sophia Sa
William Schambra
Suzanne Siskel
Steve Solnick
Tom Vander Ark


The Jennifer Altman Foundation
The Atlantic Philanthropies
California Wellness Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Chicago Community Trust
Council on Foundations
Ford Foundation
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Hudson Institute
Kresge Foundation
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New York City Health and Human Services
Office of Foundation Liaison, State of Michigan
Rasmuson Foundation
Steelcase Foundation
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Vander Ark/Ratcliff
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation