We’re all working to solve grand challenges – they’re complex, entrenched, systems-level problems that defy typical solutions.
Again and again we hear that the only way we’ll make a difference on these issues is if we collaborate with folks from other sectors who bring perspectives different from our own.
We know that single-sector actions to address them, although well-intentioned, often make the problems worse or spawn additional grand challenges.
So, why don’t we collaborate more often? Sure, it’s hard work and first we have to grapple with all of our different views to create a shared vision for reform. But if we’re not willing to do that, are we really working to solve the problem?
If you struggle with questions such as this, we want to see you at MCF’s program on Thursday, Sept. 18: Funder Collaboratives: The Why and How of Scaling Grantmaker Impact.
- We’ll discuss various structures that grantmakers use for collaborative work,
- consider when it makes sense to join a learning network or funder collaborative and
- determine which model is the best fit for your organization.
You’ll hear from grantmakers involved in successful funder collaboratives — including the Northside Funders Group and the Start Early Funders Coalition for Children & Minnesota’s Future — on what it takes to effectively come together for a common purpose and change the way we work.
This program is intended for grantmakers who are currently engaged in collaborations who can enrich our discussion and funders who are interested in collaboration but have not yet joined a formal network. Register today and we’ll see you next Thursday!