Funders & Backbones: A Messy, yet Powerful Relationship

by Javier Hernandez

Aug 16, 2011
Coordinating large groups in a collective impact initiative takes time and resources, and too often, the expectation that collaboration can occur without a supporting infrastructure is one of the most frequent reasons why it fails.
Funders & Backbones: A Messy, yet Powerful Relationship
  • The hardest part for an organization to fully grasp was the concept of the backbone organization, its role, the structure it could take, and the relationship between the backbone and a funder.
  • Backbones can have different levels of “financial power” ranging from being themselves funders to being completely separate entities from funders.
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