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Local Donor Collaboration: Lessons from Baltimore and Beyond

This study takes a close look at four Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) funder cooperative groups that range in style from the relatively simple to the complex. The unique lens of the research is local donor collaboration as seen by the participants and staff themselves. In particular, the research explores three key issues: how local cooperatives begin, what makes them effective and sustainable over time, and the unique role that a regional association can play in furthering funder collaboration.





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When and How to use External Evaluators

In March 2002 we presented this material at the national conference of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Capacity Building for Impact: The Future of Effectiveness for Nonprofits and Foundations. Our session, titled “When and How to Use External Evaluators,” was designed for program officers fairly new to evaluation who might be called upon to advise grantees about contracting an external evaluator or to directly commission evaluations on behalf of their foundations. We hoped to impart some of the skills and lessons we have learned through our own experiences with incorporating evaluation into a foundation setting.





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Partnering for Impact: Combining National Knowledge with Regional Leverage for Local Impact

Regional associations of grantmakers can be natural and effective partners for national funders that wish to derive greater impact from their work in local areas. Regional associations have the ties that create strong local networks, the trust that creates local buy-in, and the knowledge about local issues, interests and culture. All of these things are absolutely vital for a national funder to incorporate if their work in local communities is to be successful. “We are proud of ABAG’s longstanding partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in their efforts to share their learnings and knowledge with grantmakers,” says Celeste Amato, Read more