Focus and Function: Designing a Collaborative to Fit the Purpose

“Having participated in numerous funder collaboratives,” one grantmaker reflected, “I think it’s fair to say that there is no one right way.” Designing a collaborative means working with others to assemble a unique set of “puzzle pieces,” he continued: the topic, the moment, the participating foundations, the personalities, and more. The process is “never formulaic” — and neither is the ultimate result.

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