The Jewish Funders Network (JFN) has released a new study focused on funder collaborations. The “Handbook for Funder Collaborations” is a compilation of research conducted by JFN that provides a comprehensive review of existing studies, articles, and in-depth interviews with 27 stakeholders in Israel. While the Handbook focuses on collaborations based in Israel, most examples include Israeli and American funders working together, and the lessons are relevant to any cross-cultural partnership.
Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the same vision, goals, and strategy.
Israel is a unique hub of landmark case studies successful in creating cross-cultural funder collaborations that not only overcome, but also leverage, the benefits of the different cultures, work processes, languages, and habits. In recent years, Israel has become the home for a disproportionate number of collaborations relative to its size, many of which are cross-cultural with unique characteristics and lessons.
The Handbook aims to help funders navigate the benefits and the challenges, along with the pros and cons, of starting or joining a pooled funding collaboration. In doing so, it offers tools and tips to structure the collaboration for maximum success and impact.
JFN Israel is the only membership organization of funders in Israel, and as such, offers Israeli funders unique platforms for exchanging ideas with peers and expanding their giving networks in Israel and abroad. JFN Israel also serves overseas philanthropists who wish to connect with like-minded Israeli peers, or plan a focused giving strategy in Israel. As a junction between international and Israeli philanthropy, JFN is uniquely positioned to cultivate and catalyze funder collaborations that cross cultures and borders.