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Webinar: Lessons and Opportunities for Funder Collaboratives
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
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Lessons and Opportunities
for Funder Collaboratives:

Presented in partnership with La Piana Consulting

Tuesday, August 28 · 11:00am–12:30pm (ET)


Collaborative strategies are a powerful way for foundations to accelerate their impact, expand their reach, and advance their missions through partnerships that seek a common outcome. But effective collaboration and partnerships do not come easy. Using La Piana Consulting's Collaborative Map as a reference point for social sector collaboration, this session will highlight the benefits and challenges of various forms of partnership that foundations employ to go farther, faster.


  • Explore the various options for strategic partnerships among foundations and highlight the benefits and risks
  • Review the success factors and roadblocks that require attention during partner assessment
  • Perspectives from the Field
Welcome & Introductions - 5 min
Macro: The Collaborative Map - 10 min
Micro: Ways Funders Collaborate - 25 min
Success Factors and Roadblocks - 10 min
Lessons from the Field – Funder - 15 min
Q&A - 15 min


Jo DeBolt
Partner, La Piana Consulting

Jo works with nonprofit and foundation clients to help them solve their most significant and complex strategic challenges. She specializes in business planning, foundation strategy, and helping federated organizations and affiliates leverage their respective strengths for mission success. She is a skilled listener and frequently serves as a trusted advisor to organizational leaders in managing change.

"I try to bring clients solid analysis combined with an understanding of the human, cultural, and political aspects of their organization in thinking about how to stretch to meet their goals.”

Jo is particularly adept at working with large, complex organizations and those smaller foundations that need to be more creative to achieve their desired philanthropic impact. Asked about some of her most rewarding work, Jo cites her experience leading an unprecedented community organizing and development effort in the steel towns of Mon Valley in Western Pennsylvania as well as a business planning project that helped a youth development organization for girls that had recently made a successful turnaround identify and get ready to take on its “next big thing.” Jo is also inspired by working with advocacy organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and those working to tackle big systemic issues, like in education. Past clients include: Girls Inc., Camp Fire, Trying Together, N Street Village, Kansas Health Foundation, and the Jefferson Foundation.

“One of the things I like best about this work is the opportunity to learn about fields that I don’t know a lot about. While on its face that may seem to make my involvement less valuable, I find that it prompts me to ask questions that can unlock new thinking in a way I’m not sure someone who knows a field would do.”

Jo has a background in business as well as extensive nonprofit leadership experience. Prior to joining La Piana in 2005, Jo served as the director of the Tides Center in Pittsburgh and D.C. and was the founding executive director of a regional coalition of community economic development organizations. She has also served on the Board of Control of the Duquesne City School District and chaired a Congressional commission working with the National Park Service. She has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Business from Duquesne University. Jo is a long-time board member of the Human Services Center Corporation, regarded as the premier provider of in-school programs for youth in the Pittsburgh area.
About La Piana Consulting:
La Piana Consulting has worked with dozens of funder collaboratives including Neighborhood Funders Group, Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, Grantmakers for Education, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families.
For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact
SECF's Programs & Partnerships Associate, S.E. Spencer.

Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree St. NW · Suite 2080 · Atlanta, GA 30303 · (404) 524-0911

The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.


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