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Maximizing Our Investments: Five Ingredients for Accelerating Impact in Health Philanthropy

By:  Jamie Brown, Program Officer, Colorado Springs Health Foundation
Jennifer Chubinski, Vice President – Innovation and Learning, Interact for Health
Alexa Eggleston, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking, The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
Rebecca Gallo, Program Officer, MetroWest Health Foundation
Brian Myers, Vice President of Rural Health and Capacity Building, Empire Health Foundation
Catherine Patterson, Program Officer, de Beaumont Foundation
Allen Smart, Philanthropic and Rural Strategist, 
Erica Snow, Portfolio Director, Health Care & Coverage, The Colorado Health Foundation
The 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute fellows gathered to discuss leadership, collaboration, and best practices in grantmaking. Several prominent issues emerged, including how to effectively demonstrate the impact of philanthropic investments. This article outlines our perspective on several of the most prominent challenges and opportunities for measuring impact, promoting learning, and disseminating knowledge.

Bold Goals Require Authentic Partnerships

We are not naïve about the time and investment it takes to develop authentic partnerships. However, we need to be honest about how much philanthropy can contribute and be willing to invest in developing authentic partnerships with public and private organizations to leverage and maximize our investments. We must continually challenge ourselves to work in partnership with the community and grantees to develop collective long-term goals that can evolve over time.
One such effort is the BUILD Health Challenge, which “supports partnerships taking Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local and Data-driven approaches to community health.” First launched in 2014 by The Advisory Board Company, The Colorado Health Foundation, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this effort now includes a dozen regional and national funders. BUILD seeks to align philanthropic efforts, reduce the burden on grantees, and identify and disseminate models of effective cross-sector partnerships.
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