- Ways to work with government
- Your reality/their reality
- Philanthropic liaisons and how they can help
- Why Work with Government? For grantmakers interested in advancing systemic change or addressing root problems, working with government can be an important opportunity -- even an essential one. But it can also mean venturing into territory where the rules are new and the power dynamics unfamiliar.
- Ways to Work with Government: From tight partnerships with firm timelines and objectives to loose alliances that evolve over time, foundation-government partnerships take many forms. What they have in common is a motivation to solve public problems by leveraging the distinctive capacities of philanthropy and the public sector.
- Scouting for Partners and Projects: Grantmakers who forge good partnerships are often skilled at scanning for innovators in government -- officials who are willing to champion improvements and know how to get things done. These funders are also alert for opportunity moments, when help from a foundation makes all the difference.
- Entry Points: Four Cases: There are certain things that philanthropy can do more easily, rapidly, or flexibly than government can do itself. These four cases -- one each from the local, state, national, and international sphere -- show how four grantmakers used that insight to open up new opportunities.
- Managing Relationships with Government Partners: Building and sustaining good relationships takes planning, awareness, compromise, and candor. Here's straightforward advice about what to do at specific points in the lifespan of a partnership with government.
- Do Your Homework: Learning about Government and How It Works: Any funder who wants to be an effective collaborator with government officials needs to take a refresher course in how government operates and what it's like to work in the public sector. Their realities and yours are not the same.