Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. 2. Implementation

05/01/2009

To manage their many grants without a large internal bureaucracy, RWJF has created intermediaries to administer clusters of projects. These national program offices enable the Foundation to award substantial funds to multiple organizations while maintaining appropriate oversight and the flexibility to change priority program areas. This approach also allows RWJF to gain rapid proficiency in specific program areas without hiring specialized staff. National program offices have been used to support partnerships with the U.S. government. For example, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within DHHS worked with RWJF to develop a national program office for the Cash & Counseling program to provide program oversight and to coordinate communication and decision-making between the two organizations (Knickman and Stone 2007).

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