Posted on May 3, 2012
Funder collaboratives can help grantmakers achieve sustainable policy wins for the social change they support by developing common strategies and best practices, a report from California Civic Participation Funders argues. Bolder Together (16 pages, PDF) describes how the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund brought together ten funders — including the California Endowment, the
and Rosenberg foundations, and the Women's Foundation of California — to increase civic participation in California beyond specific election cycles and campaigns. Coordinating their grantmaking decisions without giving up their autonomy, the funders in question had invested, as of January 2012, a total of $15 million in support of local organizations and networks working to engage populations that are underrepresented in political and community leadership. Among other things, the report suggests that increasing voter participation among newer immigrant communities with an interest in social justice could lead to long-term progress.