Funder collaboration has been a hot topic in philanthropy for years. But interest has grown of late as more funders realize that individual efforts simply are not enough to address complex social problems. And even when funders engage in cross-sector collaborations, they often have to collaborate with each other in new ways.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has championed this view for decades as it has worked with dozens of other funders towards a common purpose. As the Foundation approached its 50th anniversary, it asked The Bridgespan Group to assist in taking stock of what Packard can learn from its many collaborations.