When we strip away the messaging and maneuvering in politics, it’s clear that governments and foundations across the country often seek common goals. Among these are:

  • Strengthening education and vocational training
  • Increasing access to childcare and healthcare
  • Creating jobs and new businesses
  • Safeguarding the environment

Unfortunately, government and foundations tend to operate in silos. They seldom collaborate or even communicate. Thus, great potential is lost.

The power of funder coalitions

A coalition of foundations in New Mexico is bridging that gap. These funders show what might be accomplished when philanthropy and government combine their complementary skills and powers for common purpose.

Spurred by the Thornburg Foundation, eight foundations in New Mexico that work to expand early childhood programs started meeting informally to coordinate efforts and amplify their voices.

To prove the effectiveness of specific approaches, something the state did not have resources to do, the coalition funded demonstrations and evaluations together. They also invited legislators and their staffs to meetings and site visits.

Read the full article about funder coalitions by Andy Carroll at Exponent Philanthropy.