Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. Planning For Sustainability


Many of the initiatives examined in our case studies are still in progress, but sustainability over time is a consideration for many philanthropic initiatives.[1] Indeed, in some cases sustainability has been built into the initiatives from the beginning, while in others, it has developed over time. In general, there appear to be two approaches to sustainability: through mechanisms built into the initiative and through external mechanisms. These are by no means mutually exclusive and, in the best-case scenario, both are probably desirable. Still, the USG and foundation sectors may make different contributions to sustainability, and practitioners may wish to consider different roles for different types of funders as an initiative develops.

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