Nonprofit Performance 360 Issue 12

Funders Forming Private-Public Partnerships Interestingly, you now witness more and more grant makers forming partnerships to address a specific issue. This is happening at the local level, as well as regionally, nationally, and even internationally. A statewide grant maker that embraced the public-private model early on is the Virginia Health Care Foundation. According to their website, in 1992, the Virginia General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care initiated the Virginia Health Care Foundation as a public/private partnership with a mission to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians via innovative service delivery models. And it has clearly worked. You can read much more about them on their website. It is quite interesting. Another public-private partnership worth noting at the international level is the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves which is a hosted by the UN Foundation for this purpose: to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. This grant making program represents a partnership which includes donations from governments (the major portion of their funding), as well as support from foundations and the private sector. In Summary Collaborations of any kind - whether the traditional public-private partnership or one of the many new types of partnerships - are no longer an option just when trying to solve a community problem. In today’s philanthropic world, collaborations are key to securing the funds you need to address that problem.Collaboration is now the new competition, so it is time we all embrace it. Cynthia Adams, President and CEO of GrantStation, has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofits raise the money needed for their good work. GrantStation exists because grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life’s work is to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and

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