Three practices successful social sector partnerships can adopt to improve their alignment and generate better results.
Grantee inclusion is not sufficiently powerful to transform grantee-funder relationships, but it might present a vision for a sector that more evenly shares power.
Grantee inclusion requires learning, risk-taking, and letting go of cherished behaviors and ways of working to make progress.
Philanthropists should create collaborative relationships with grantees that cultivate critical thinking, learning, and adaptation.
Foundations’ internal practices and culture ripple out to grantees in meaningful ways, and it directly accelerates or impedes grantees’ effectiveness.
How funders can listen better, step back, and walk alongside grassroots leadership.
By actively moving into the roles of advocate and partner for grantees, grantmakers can cultivate trusting, transparent relationships that ultimately translate into social impact.
Relationships take work—and those between grantees and grantmakers are no exception.
Now, more than ever, grantmakers are asking questions and working to learn with and from their grantees, but the lessons matter only if they inform future action.