Get Involved, Strengthen Your Networks, Provide Leadership

Funders participate with the Network in a number of different ways. Whether accessing resources from our learning library, participating in monthly topical “Learning Network” conference calls, attending the annual conference or other Network-sponsored funder convenings, or actively participating in a working group, the Network offers a variety of entry points for funders.

The Network believes that collaboration is where real change takes root. When funders decide to act, lead, and advance an agenda together, entire regions and policies can be transformed. The Network staffs funder working groups by providing support to help advance shared learning, develop best practices, create policy agendas, support policy reforms, and improve outcomes on issues and in places.

While each issue- or place-based funder working group has its own priority agenda and work plan, the working groups use similar models and tactics for raising funder awareness, building funder knowledge and capacity, and facilitating impact and action. These tools and approaches include:

  • Funder outreach and education
  • Convening and networking
  • Research and analysis
  • Supporting regional and place-based practice
  • Pooled funds and investments
  • Policy reform

In addition to the working groups currently staffed by the Network, we also provide strategic support and services to other place-based and regional funder collaboratives, such as the Great Communities Collaborative in the Bay Area, the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities, and an emerging Intermountain West Funder Network.