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 Template

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

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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