The latest issue (vol. 5, issue 1, 2013) of the peer-reviewed journal Foundation Review is guest-edited by Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. It explores various forms of collaboration and examines barriers and key elements for success. Topics include cross-sector collaborations, community revitalization, and work with vulnerable youth.
"Collaboration and Foundation Leadership: Challenges, Opportunities, and Impact" by Jennifer Pereira. (p. 14-25)
CNL Abstract: This article describes a successful collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, city government, and nonprofit organizations to create a Green & Healthy Homes Initiative in low income neighborhoods in Providence, RI. The project was lead by a steering committee of more than 30 organizations and agencies. Includes a list of accomplishments and lessons learned.
"A Matter of Leadership: Connecting a Grantmaker's Investments in Collaborative Leadership Development to Community Results" by Julia O'Brien; Jennifer N. Littlefield; Victoria Goddard-Truitt. (p. 26-42)
CNL Abstract: The authors test the Theory of Aligned Contributors as implemented in the Anne E. Casey Foundation's Leadership in Action program. They shed light on how grantmakers can fund cross-sector collaborative efforts and generate positive community results.
Enright: "shares the results of [the authors'] experiment with the Theory of Aligned Contributors, which is a model for collaboration and shared accountability that relies on building strong collaborative leadership skills and deploying highly-skilled implementation teams"
"Communicating, Collaborating, and Coordinating to Revitalize New Jersey Neighborhoods" by Lois W. Greco. (p. 55-70)
CNL Abstract: Article outlines eight benefits of a shared approach between New Jersey corporations, private and public funders, and community-based organizations in revitalizing 26 low-income neighborhoods in the state. Among these benefits are better access to program and project capital, heightened public visibility and credibility, connections between neighborhoods and city government, and neighborhood-level outcome evaluation and metrics plans.
"Achieving Synergy With Collaborative Problem Solving: the Value of System Analysis" by Douglas Easterling; Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold; Jessica A. Jones; Allen J. Smart. (p. 105-20)
CNL Abstract: Shows how a collaborative group can achieve large-scale impact through a redesign of community systems. It specifically examines the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national initiative Reclaiming Futures, which works to reduce substance abuse and recidivism in youth. The authors discuss collaborative problem solving and a six-stage strategy model for large-scale systems change.
Enright: "share[s] insight from 10 local evaluations of a national initiative for juvenile justice reform. [The approach] began with a systems-analysis to assess the needs of vulnerable kids and became the framework for collaborative action"
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