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Collaboration Toolbox

This area is designed to bring together resources to help grantmakers share ideas and work together on issues of mutual interest. We appreciate your ideas for tools that we can add that will help you in this area.


Getting Started

Find Grantmakers with Similar Interests

Join or Create an Affinity Group

Start or Join a Conversation on a Topic of Interest


Collaboration Between Foundations and Government

These links and materials are presented as guides to help facilitate foundations and government agencies seeking partnerships or engagements to support mutual goals.


Collaboration Articles of Interest

Collaboration related articles and case studies.


Guides, Reports & Resources

Collaboration Approaches for Smaller Foundations

Written for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2004, this report details eight key considerations to keep in mind before, during, and after embarking on a collaboration.


Collaboration Through Funder Networks

The report is based on findings from a survey of nearly 200 funder networks.


Do's and Don'ts of Working with Local Funders

This report shares advice from the field for national funders who seek effective partnerships with local philanthropies.


Donor Collaboration: Power in Numbers

This primer was created to help donors understand and evaluate if some form of collaboration might be right for them.


Funder Collaboratives - Why and How Funders Work Together

In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working.


Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges

This report examines community collaboratives from across the country that are successfully tackling seemingly intractable social problems by uniting local leaders and organizations from every sector. In addition to the article, you will find 12 case studies of collective impact.


Next Generation Community Revitalization: A Work in Progress

This report profiles and looks across six emerging national networks, including Promise Neighborhoods and Living Cities’ Integration Initiative, that are likewise working across sectors to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


The Collaborative Fund Model: Effective Strategies for Grantmaking

The guide discusses collaborative funds and how to find success when working together.


Working with Government: Guidance for Grantmakers

The guide includes case studies, suggestions for finding changemakers in government, and advice on navigating roles and power dynamics. Government partners chime in with ideas for keeping things running smoothly.