What Funder Collaboratives Are and Aren’t

According to experienced grantmakers, most funder collaboratives have these characteristics:

  • Information sharing
  • Opportunities to leverage and maximize resources
  • Mutually developed structure and guidelines for operation
  • Attention to systemic solutions
  • Many (but not all) funder collaboratives carry out joint funding

Funders also have views about what a collaborative is not:

  • A collaborative should be more than a regranting mechanism
  • A true collaborative takes into account the goals and perspectives of a diverse group of funders, not just one person or a small group that has already decided what should be supported and how.

Takeaways are critical, bite-sized resources either excerpted from our guides or written by Candid Learning for Funders using the guide's research data or themes post-publication. Attribution is given if the takeaway is a quotation.

This takeaway was derived from Funder Collaboratives.