Donor Collaborations: Size Matters Less Than You Think

Friday, May 24, 2013

SeaChange Capital Partners’ John MacIntosh responds to a recent SSIR article on high stakes donor collaborations, using the New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (NYMAC) as a case study.

The recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article “High Stakes Donor Collaborations” is important in describing how donors can come together around “a shared multiyear vision around which donors pool talent, resources, and decision making,” but I fear that it leaves the mistaken impression that this makes sense only in situations where “size matters” and also fails to consider the perspective of the underlying nonprofits for whom these collaborations are equally high stakes...

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