Collaboration isn’t just a word that we use, it’s the pillar of our process. We believe we are better equipped to address today’s pressing issues when we work together to solve them. So, each fund that we open follows a thoughtful, collaborative process with a long-term view.
Step 1: Work with givers to identify problems and passions to determine a new fund’s focus.
Step 2: Identify the key organizations and leaders already involved in addressing the cause.
Step 3: Pursue active listening & learning conversations to understand the problem holistically.
Step 4: Bring the cause leaders together to identify the most urgent needs & critical gaps.
Step 5: Translate those needs & gaps into a list of 5-8 key project focuses for the year.
Step 6: Request proposals from partner organizations who can implement key projects.
Step 7: Request funding from givers passionate about addressing key problems.
Step 8: Fund the most compelling proposals, encouraging collaboration at every opportunity.
Step 9: Monitor, report and celebrate the impact we’re making together.
Step 10: Repeat starting at step 4.
Throughout, offer events and opportunities for givers and leaders to build relationships and understanding.