As the largest national infrastructure organization in philanthropy, the Forum has established collaborative partnerships with a number of fellow leadership organization in the field, including the Association of Small Foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Grantmakers in Aging, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and the Council on Foundations.
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- Association of Small Foundations
The Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is open to many different structures for partnering and collaborating with other organizations and welcomes the opportunity to explore them. With each relationship ASF works with a partnering organization to define an opportunity that makes sense for both parties, and brings value to both organizations.
- Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a 10-year effort by foundations to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency and address the developmental and academic targets that children need reach to be successful. The work will promote policies that lead to better coordination and alignment of services, improve instruction and evaluation, and tackle obstacles to achievement, such as chronic absence and summer learning loss.
- D5 Coalition
D5 is a five-year effort organized by a coalition of foundations and associations to galvanize philanthropy’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion. The coalition leverages the collective knowledge, experience, and action of more than 17 organizations, representing thousands of foundations. Our name “D5” is representative of our aim for significant diversity change in the next five years (2010-2015).
- Family Economic Success
Family Economic Success is an asset building approach to help lift families out of poverty and move them toward economic stability and opportunity. FES strategies help families to stabilize their finances, reach and sustain self-sufficiency and build assets for the future. Eight regional associations of grantmakers have partnered with The Annie E. Casey Foundation to develop a learning and action plan that will help funders promote family economic success.
- Funder Learning and Action Agenda Project
Working with eight regional associations of grantmakers across the country, this project aims to increase the RA staff capacity to help their members move to action and to bring national expertise from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to funders working on local issues related to vulnerable children and families – mainly around Family Economic Success.
- Funder Networks
Funder networks organize around a specific funding issue, geographic location, or identity-based community that come together to enhance their impact. The Forum’s resources for funder networks explore the variety of ways that funder networks convene, collaborate, and collectively act across the country.
- Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
The Forum continually seeks partnerships within the field of philanthropy to provide members with learning opportunities and programming that you can then offer to your member grantmakers. Over the years, we’ve worked closely with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations to develop a variety of ways for regional associations to partner with GEO. While we will continue to announce via email special initiatives that may be of interest to you as they emerge, opportunities to work with GEO or have th
- Grantmakers in Aging EngAGEment Initiative
The Forum is a national partner with Grantmakers in Aging’s EngAGEment Initiative, which provides funding to educate grantmakers about the opportunities and challenges associated with aging.
- Health and Environmental Funders Network
There are a variety of ways in which regional associations can collaborate with and utilize the resources offered by the Health and Environmental Funders Network including resources, programs, listserves, and more.
LearnPhilanthropy is a network of people from all parts of philanthropy who are working together to create a stronger, more rational, and less fragmented system for grantmaker learning than we have today.
- Maximizing Corporate Community Investments
Maximizing Corporate Community Investments (MCCI) is a comprehensive education program for corporate giving professionals. MCCI is modeled after the Essential Skills and Strategies course developed by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Council on Foundations and has been designed by regional associations of varying sizes and geographic focus. The diverse collaborative, in association with TCC Group, developed a modular curriculum for corporate grantmakers that will advance the
- National Council of Nonprofits
Over the last several months, Forum staff has been engaged in discussions with the staff at the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) to discuss ways of promoting stronger relationships between regional associations (RAs) and nonprofits associations (NAs) at the state and local levels. In order to encourage collaboration around policy and other programmatic areas and improve communication among organizations, we developed a state-by-state directory of both RAs and NAs.
- Project Streamline
Project Streamline is a collaborative effort of organizations from both sides of the grantmaker/grantseeker divide who are studying grant application and reporting practices, their impact on grantseekers and grantmakers, and the implications for the field.