Effective Collaboration

Why foundations and philanthropists are coming together to address COVID-19

By Lauren Domino, Director, Donor Stewardship & Engagement

“How can my gift have the greatest impact?” I hear this question a lot in my role as an advisor to philanthropists. Often effectiveness means putting your trust in expert intermediaries and joining collective efforts for change. In this time of great need and growing inequities, working together is particularly important. It allows us to respond to the crisis with scale and speed and to lay the groundwork for a stronger future.

Seattle Foundation’s Tony Mestres recently participated in a webinar hosted by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, exploring the role of collaborative philanthropy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tony joined UN Foundation CEO Elizabeth Cousens and CDC Foundation CEO Judith Monroe for a panel conversation about how organized coalitions of funders can effectively assess gaps in support for vulnerable populations and direct their collective resources to maximize their impact.

Together the panelists highlighted the tremendous work happening at the local, national and international levels, reflecting on the lessons they have learned since the pandemic began.

Watch the entire webinar to hear more of the expert insights from this trio of leaders.

Thank you to the National Center for Family Philanthropy for convening the session and to Gabrielle Fitzgerald with Panorama for moderating.

Learn more about the evolving work of the local COVID-19 Response Fund and join us this collective effort to support workers and families who’ve been hit hardest by the pandemic.