The dog days of summer are approaching its end, and despite the hiatus from my blog, these past months have been anything but lazy! Summer, revered as a time for reflection and recharge, a common theme shared by my foundation clients is to sharpen and implement a collaborative mindset in their grantmaking.
Collaborate – easy to say, not so simple to execute. So why venture into the complex woods of collaboration?
Whether the funder’s intent is to leverage grant investments, encourage a larger community to think big and engage in solution-building, or truly practice what it preaches to nonprofits about coordinating and teaming efforts, collaboration is essential as most social issues require far more resources than any one funder (or grantee) can provide.
Over the last decade, I have had the privilege in designing, contributing and leading multiple collaborative initiatives – public-private partnerships, networks, coalitions, strategic alliances and collective impact efforts. As CivicAIM strides into the fall/winter season of supporting its client base to strengthen and optimize its collaborative muscles, below are critical elements we exercise in our work and share with you to ensure that your collaborative efforts outlive and outsize their intended impact:
CivicAIM has been facilitating more and more collaborative efforts and is open to exploring ways to support your initiatives. As in the practice of collaboration and turning the proverbial microphone to you, “What are your experiences with collaboration? What recommendations, ideas and knowledge sources do you promote to advance grantmaker practices related to collaboration?”