When Local Solutions Aren’t Enough: A Strategic Funding Partnership to Restore a Large River System

WHEN LOCAL SOLUTIONS AREN’T ENOUGH: A STRATEGIC FUNDING PARTNERSHIP TO RESTORE A LARGE RIVER SYSTEM

The Foundation Review 2103, Vol 5:1
By Pam Wiley, M.S., Willamette River Initiative, Meyer Memorial Trust/Tides Center; Ken Bierly, M.S., Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; and Todd Reeve, M.S., and Kendra Smith, M.S., Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Until recently, however, relatively few grantmakers have entered into formal strategic partnerships with other funders and stakeholders aimed at achieving specific goals and objectives in a defined area of need. Such “collective impact” approaches to catalyzing large-scale social change, as described by Mark Kramer and John Kania in the Winter 2011 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and other publications, have great potential to improve outcomes by aligning stakeholders from philanthropy, nonprofits, business, and government around common priorities, strategies, and measures of success.

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