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Funder Collaboratives

Collaboration means working together to achieve a shared goal. We hope our members seek partnerships and opportunities to leverage dollars to reach their objectives. The resources below will inform you about collaborations taking place among grantmakers in Arizona.

Arizona Funder Collaboratives

The Bravewell Collaborative

As an operating foundation, The Bravewell Collaborative chooses and manages its own initiatives, all of which support the advancement of integrative medicine by creating and translating emerging knowledge into broad practice. It does not solicit proposals or make grants. Instead, Bravewell members work as a community to identify, plan, fund and oversee the carefully chosen strategic initiatives.

Educare Arizona

Each Educare center is a private-public collaboration that brings together philanthropic leaders to spearhead the capital campaign, a programmatic provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services to implement the core components of the Educare model, and a public school or district to provide land and other supports. Educare Arizona is supported by a collaboration of stakeholders and visionary leaders working together to ensure healthy development for all of Arizona’s children.

Homelessness and Hunger Funders Collaborative

Beginning in 2009, in response to the need for emergency social services, a number of Arizona funders have been providing targeted financial support to key agencies, programs, and activities that concentrate on ending homelessness and hunger. Members of the Funders Collaborative provide significant contributions and work together to allocate the resources. This collaborative has raised and distributed over $5 million since it began.

In 2013, 12 Funder collaborative partners again joined forces to raise $750,000. Contributed funds were awarded to 16 direct-service agencies and will be used to provide food resources to address hunger, or to increase access to emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Funded agencies will then able to enhance and expand their vital work in the community.

Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF)

Founded in 2007, the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is a collaborative grantmaking effort among local funders who support summer programming for Maricopa County youth. The SYPF recognizes that summer programs, particularly those serving economically disadvantaged youth, require financial assistance to provide creative, educational and recreational outlets while fostering personal development and life-long learning. During out of school time, young people tend to disengage from learning and some may engage in the highest levels of health-harming behaviors.

Since its beginning, SYPF has distributed nearly $4.3 million in support of summer programs. In 2014, 13 funders provided $625,000 to 55 nonprofit organizations reaching over 50,000 youth. The Arizona Community Foundation manages the funds and, along with the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, administers grants and the grantee reporting process.

SYPF Partners

  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Arizona Republic Charities
  • BHHS Legacy Foundation
  • Helios Education Foundation
  • Hickey Family Foundation
  • J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation
  • Margaret T. Morris Foundation
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • Peoria Diamond Club
  • Phoenix Suns Charities
  • The Steele Foundation
  • Thunderbird Charities
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

National Funder Collaboratives

Local Philanthropists Work Together to Transform Public Education

In Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Memphis, local donors are:

  • working hand-in-hand with the school district to develop and pursue bold strategies to ensure that every student graduates ready for college and career,
  • investing together over multiple years in these shared strategies, and
  • engaging the community to shape and sustain the work.

New York Mergers, Acquisition and Collaboration Fund

The New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (“NYMAC”) is a new initiative to encourage and enable mergers, acquisitions, and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations working in New York City.

The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

In Los Angeles, the Weingart Foundation and nine other foundations co-fund the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, which provides support for strategic restructuring and a continuum of partnerships (incl. joint programing, administrative consolidations, mergers, etc.) for greater nonprofit sustainability and impact.

The Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is a unique five-year fund created through a partnership of the Boston Foundation, Boston LISC, The Hyams Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF).  It provides a source of financial and technical advisory support as a catalyst for promising voluntary collaborative ventures and mergers among nonprofit organizations.


100Kin10 is a national collaborative in which many AGF members are involved. It is designed as an invitation to all interested stakeholders—from federal agencies to states, museums to corporations, universities to school districts, non-profits to foundations—to look at their unique resources and assets and apply them creatively and strategically to address the nation’s shortage of STEM teachers and to improve STEM learning for all students.

In January 2014, 100Kin10 announced thirty-one new partner organizations, totaling their funder collaborative to nearly 200 partners.

Learn more about collaboration!

The following articles and reports provide great background information about the challenges and incredible outcomes that can come from partnering with other funders. To find out what is happening across the country, check out the Giving Forum website.

Smarter Grantmaking – Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
High Stakes Donor Collaborations – Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Reality Underneath the Buzz of Partnerships: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Partnering – Stanford Social Innovation Review (pdf)
Local Donor Collaboration: Lessons from Baltimore and Beyond – Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Lessons From a 10 Year Collaborative: A Case Study of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (pdf)
Effective Funder Collaborations (Video)