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For Initiative Managers

Initiative managers can end up wearing many hats in their roles as intermediaries – confidential sounding board for both funders and nonprofits, educator around the different forms and functions of sustained collaborations, provider of advice (drawn from a bench of experience of observing sustained collaborations), and outreach to raise awareness around the opportunity and value present in sustained collaboration. While experience has proven to be the best teacher in these roles, the resources below may be useful in navigating sustained collaborations as an initiative manager.

Tools and Templates

Application Model


This application model serves as an example of how an initiative manager shares information about the grantmaking process.

Grant Application


These grant applications are samples used by SCN members and can be adapted for use as an application for the local initiative.

Grant Evaluation Rubric


This evaluation rubric is an example of some of the criteria which inform an initiative manager’s grant recommendations.

Grant Recommendations


These templates can be adapted for use as a grant recommendation for the local initiative’s funders.

Grant Agreement


This template can be adapted for use as a grant agreement between the nonprofit grantees and the local initiative.

Evaluation Instruments


These common evaluation instruments, developed jointly by the founding SCN members, are used in all the SCN member geographies to measure awareness and effectiveness of sustained collaborations in their communities.

Evaluative Dashboard


This dashboard can be used individually or in tandem with other initiatives to track key metrics for a local initiative.

Sample Collateral Materials


These sample publicity materials, provided by current initiatives, are distributed to bring awareness to the funds’ work.

Background Reading

Collaborative Map

Merging Wisely

Shared Space Survey

Networks for Social Impact: Michelle Shumate 

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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