Partnerships Equal More Impact

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When lean funders combine their grantmaking, influence, and passion, they have more impact than either could individually. The Leighty Foundation (Juneau, AK) and the Lodestar Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) both believe that strategic volunteer engagement can advance the missions of funders and their grant partners. 

Making the Ask for Volunteer Engagement Investments

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So said the participant attending a session at the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement. Jeff Glebocki (Co-Director of the Initiative on Strategic Volunteer Engagement/ISVE) and I were there to share recommendations from recent research about investment in strategic volunteer engagement. The nonprofit Volunteer Engagement Professional, who was one of many in the room, suggested that any investment had to start with funders.

We agreed that funders have a vital role. It’s one of the reasons that the Initiative for Strategic Volunteer Engagement is providing tools and resources to support funders in making these grants.