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

05/01/2009

Empirical findings from the case studies are the main focus of the report. It has been developed with several potential audiences in mind. First, the report seeks to help policymakers understand the ways in which the federal government and foundations can and do interact and the opportunities that different modes of interaction, including formal partnerships, may provide for more effective use of federal dollars. It also cautions that partnerships may not always be wise, if the transaction costs associated with forming and maintaining them exceeds their potential benefits, or when foundation and government players incentives and approaches differ even when they seek similar goals in a program area. Second, the study addresses program and grant planners and practitioners within the federal government, identifying important considerations for deciding whether and when to seek partnerships with foundations, and how these interactions might be optimally supported. The study may also be of use to individuals working with the foundation sector, as well as practitioners in other nongovernmental organizations who are working to address international or domestic health and development needs and may be considering possible partnerships with the federal government.

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