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For Funders

In the current seven geographies, the funds supporting sustained collaboration have been initiated by a group of committed funders in response to identified need in their communities. Hence, funders have been critical catalysts to these collaboration funds.

Tools and Templates

Case Statement and Timeline


This template, complete with a timeline for the pre-launch period, can be used by funders looking to form a new local initiative.

Launch Considerations


These questions can help guide funders in laying the infrastructure for a new local initiative.

Position Description – Initiative Manager


This is a sample position description used for the identification and hiring of a local initiative manager.

Press Release – Launch of Local Fund


This is a sample press release, circulated to announce the launch of a new local initiative.

Fiscal Sponsorship Resources – Funders


A source of additional fiscal sponsorship resources for funders from Social Impact Commons

Background Reading

The Financial Health of the United States Nonprofit Sector

Investing in Nonprofit M&A

The Role of Funders in Nonprofit Collaboration

News & Events

Collaboration Consultant Community of Practice

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Purpose: The SCN Collaboration Consultant Community of Practice is a learning community of practitioners in the nonprofit sector who focus on supporting nonprofits in strategy and collaboration. This Community of…

Tara Peterson, CHANGE Philanthropy Summit 2021, “Strategic Restructuring to Advance Gender and Racial Equity”

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Webinar Description: Tara Peterson, CHANGE Philanthropy Summit 2021 “Strategic Restructuring to Advance Gender and Racial Equity”, March 15, 2022

The Sustained Collaboration Network Conference 2022

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Who/What: The Sustained Collaboration Network’s 2022 Conference will bring funders together from across the country to connect on the importance of sustained collaboration as a meaningful form of nonprofit capacity…

The Sustained Collaboration Network Training Institute

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What: The new Sustained Collaboration Network (SCN)—a network of 7+ local pooled funds supporting greater collaboration among nonprofits—is hosting a first-ever online institute for consultants engaged in this work. The…

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