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.


Sample Position Description – Initiative Manager

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


Sample Press Release – Launch of Local Fund

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

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

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…

Nora Hannah, Director of the Arizona Together for Impact Fund, facilitates “How to Find Your Perfect 10: Finding the Right Collaborator for your Organization.”

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Part 1 Part 2 Event Description: Kelly Fryer provides detail and content on the subject of collaborator identification and selection. Kelly has 25+ years of experience as a nonprofit executive,…

Carrie Harlow, Initiative Manager of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, participated in Envision Consulting’s “The Truth About Strategic Partnerships” webinar on July 15, 2020

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Event Description: In this session we deep dive on the topic of strategic partnerships, including when to consider strategic restructuring, how to assess your organization's readiness, and the first steps…

Carrie Harlow, Initiative Manager of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, participated in the Center for Nonprofit Management’s “Strategic Restructuring” webinar on August 7, 2020.

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Event Description: Learn what the strategic restructuring process looks like, how to know if it may benefit your organization, and how to seek funding for it. Hear about some of…

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