Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. Expanding the Potential Benefit of Partnerships

This report has three central messages:

  • Foundation and USG philanthropic spending priorities overlap, providing many opportunities in both the domestic and international spheres for interactions of different types, including partnerships. Partnerships may involve communication, coordination, or full collaboration, and can be planned at the beginning of an initiative or during its lifecycle.
  • Policymakers and others with responsibility for addressing international and domestic health and social service needs may benefit from greater awareness of existing USG-foundation interactions and from thinking more intentionally about establishing partnerships or other exchanges.
  • Through partnerships or other interactions, both sectors may be able to take greater advantage of their relative strengths, along with sharing innovations in philanthropic approaches.

In this chapter we suggest potentially fruitful avenues to consider to stimulate awareness of USG-foundation interactions, to support dialogue with foundations, and to further understanding of approaches that might leverage foundation and other philanthropic resources more effectively.

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