Use of Layering for Effective Partnership Building: Leveraging Positive Impact in Education Philanthropy

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  • Federal initiatives provide opportunities to link national, state, and local partnerships.
  • New opportunities create a challenge of how to maximize mission-related goals while also seeking out new partnerships.
  • “Layering” allows core foundation goals to be addressed while further examining how building new partnerships can expand with national and federal opportunities.
  • Each “layer” represents multiple sector partnerships at the local, state, federal, and national levels.
  • Layering differs from collective impact in its focus on strategic alignment with existing work to new partners versus the focus on the partnerships and organizational behavior of those relationships.
  • Building new partnerships with philanthropic, private, and public sectors enhances leverage.

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