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Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities

February 1, 2005

Takes up the question of foundation individualism and examines the gap between the rhetoric and real incentives of collaboration. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

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Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities - Executive Summary

February 1, 2005

Collaboration is on the rise in philanthropy, yet it is still relatively infrequent. Based on interviews with 19 leaders in philanthropy, this paper examines the forces that promote or stifle collaboration, and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the major approaches now in use. Funders are advised to carefully assess the potential costs and benefits of engaging in collaborative activities because they can require more organizational and financial resources than expected.

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Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities - Discussion Guide

February 1, 2005

This discussion guide is designed to help you think through the concepts presented in Robert Hughe's monograph, Philanthropies Working Together, and consider how you might apply them in the everyday practice of philanthropy. The guide contains a checklist designed to help funders assess whether the conditions are in place for successful collaboration as well as four case scenarios illustrating common dynamics in multi-funder initiatives.

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