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Funder Collaboratives

Interactive Tool Finder - New!

GrantCraft's new interactive tool finder helps funders discover the most appropriate web-based tools to meet their collaboration needs.

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Funder Collaboratives

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Foundations in Europe Working Together - New!

The practice of foundations in Europe is very diverse and the context in which they work may vary from country to country. This diversity enriches collaboration among funders in Europe, but it can also present challenges, particularly when foundations look to work together across borders.

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  • Foundations in Europe working together: How is it different?
  • Collaborative health-check
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  • Case study on the European Foundation Initiative for African Research into Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • A sample of European collaborations

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Funder Collaboratives

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Funder Collaboratives

Contributors describe how collaboratives help grantmakers learn together, distribute risks, and aim for larger goals. These joint ventures also come with challenges: establishing ground rules, sharing control, and keeping your own foundation apprised of what's happening. Get suggestions for handling inevitable tensions and learn how important actors beyond foundations can be to this type of grantmaking.

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  • Designing a collaborative that fits the purpose
  • Benefits and challenges of funder collaboratives
  • How to assess whether your collaborative is working
Funding Community Organizing

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Funding Community Organizing

Foundations and community groups may have different cultures but they often share the goals of finding durable solutions to social prob¬lems and getting those most affected to be more involved in the process. In this guide, learn how community organizing works, what it can achieve, and how to manage relation¬ships and use complementary strategies to achieve program goals.

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  • The benefits and methods of community organizing
  • Mapping resources and power
  • When a grantee is under attack
Working with the Business Sector

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Working with the Business Sector

Grantmakers have plenty of reasons to engage the private sector — and plenty of reasons to be cautious. This guide looks at motivations that bring grantmakers and business people together, how they handle the tensions that arise, and what some of their partnerships have accomplished. Separate sections cover issues for people working inside and outside the business sector.

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  • Seeking common ground
  • Attracting corporate resources
  • Designing a partnership
Working with Government

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Working with Government

Foundation-government collaborations seem to be on the rise as each sector looks to pool resources with new partners. How can grantmakers take advantage of the benefits while managing the risks of working on unfamiliar terrain? The guide includes case studies, suggestions for finding the right people in government, and advice on navigating roles and power dynamics.

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  • Ways to work with government
  • Your reality/their reality
  • Philanthropic liaisons and how they can help
Working with Start-Ups

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Working with Start-Ups

In this guide, grantmakers from a wide range of funding organizations describe their experiences as supporters of new nonprofits, or start-ups. Find out how they negotiated the path from idea to organization, and what they learned along the way about how to solve problems and help an organization sustain itself into the future.

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  • Deciding whether to fund a start-up
  • Helping a new organization build its capacity
  • Managing your role from start to exit