A former foundation president cited a similar experience: “A few years ago, our foundation worked with a number of local nonprofits to create an initiative to end childhood hunger in our city. Every organization — from food banks to foundations — that worked on nutrition issues was at the table, contributing ideas and participating in meetings to figure out what to do. We had committees and groups working on each part of the question. Eventually, we hammered out a plan and then sent that draft around for comment.” In short, everyone was part of the effort — funders, state and local officials who administer programs, and the nonprofits that feed people — and they all agreed on the final product. “That plan has not only been launched in our city, it’s now being replicated around the country,” said the funder.
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