Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. III. HOW DO FOUNDATIONS AND USG AGENCIES IDENTIFY NEEDS, DEVELOP INITIATIVES, AND MEASURE PROGRESS TOWARD THEIR GOALS?


The processes by which funding organizations identify problems, develop and implement solutions, and monitor progress appear to be influenced by diverse factors, some of which are common to both the foundation and USG sectors, while others are distinct to one or the other sector. Moreover, individual organizations may engage in innovative or noteworthy practices in each phase. This section first addresses commonalities among organizations within each sector, then details the specific organizational processes of some exemplary foundations and agencies.

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