During the last seven years that Building Changes has served as the intermediary organization leading the Washington Families Fund (WFF), we have accrued numerous insights on the establishment and management of a public-private partnership. When we were chosen to play this role in 2004, we were already well-versed in housing development, technical assistance, and evaluation.
However, the experience of collaborating with our partners -- many of whom had never worked together -- to assemble the state's first public-private partnership has taught us tremendous lessons that we hopeothers will find useful.
This document serves as a companion piece to our case study, "Creating and Leading Washington State's First Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Family Homelessness: The Washington Families Fund (2004 -- 2009)," which tells the story of WFF's development and its early years. It provides the details on how the major decision points described in the case study were settled and what has helped us effectively lead a growing partnership to reduce family homelessness in Washington State. Our organizational structure and program recommendations are just that -- our own.
They are not a peer-reviewed compendium of best practices. Our information is presented in two sections:
Organizational Structure of the Washington Families Fund
* Program Oversight: who is in charge of fiscal management and decision-making.
* The Fund Structure: how the public and private funds were pooled to reconcile the state's and private funders' conflicting views on fund administration.
* Administrative Costs Set-Aside: what percentage of the overall funds went toward Building Changes' administrative, technical assistance, and evaluation costs.
Recommendations from WFF's Best Practices
* Grantmaking: the values we bring to our interactions with current and potential grantees.
* Technical Assistance: the practices we believe best support grantee providers' organizational management and services to families.
* Evaluation: the way we approach data collection and use the findings.