GRANTMAKING INITIATIVES

Strategic philanthropic investment can help catalyze community change and create lasting impact

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We partner with foundations and philanthropic collaboratives to design and launch new grantmaking initiatives

 

 

Our work is holistic and most often involves co-designing with the funding institutions, potential grantee partners, and other sectors and systems relevant to the particular initiative goals. 

In some instances, we provide vital design and start-up services and in others we continue providing ongoing project management and implementation support. 

 

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"In managing a $35 million grantmaking initiative, Cassandra and csb philanthropic solutions demonstrated outstanding project management, multi-tasking, and team facilitation skills. With Cassandra’s strong capacity for developing processes and working with a variety of stakeholders, she enabled us to meet tight deadlines and achieve our initiative goals." 

- Erika Poethig, Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute (& former Associate Director for Affordable Housing, MacArthur Foundation)

 
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How we design, manage, and evaluate grantmaking initiatives

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  • Assess needs, conduct environmental scans, and identify strong practices

  • Develop initial goals, approach, and theory of change

  • Design selection criteria, process, and guidelines

  • Manage outreach to potential grantees, including site visits

  • Conduct due diligence, including stakeholder interviews, organizational capacity assessments, and financial health review

  • Facilitate selection process and onboarding of grantee partners

  • Develop and implement evaluation plan, including development of quantitative and qualitative evaluation measures and selection of external evaluators

 

 

Grantmaking Initiatives Project Highlights

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Client: MacArthur Foundation

Focus Area: Grantmaking Initiative
Content Area: Affordable Housing
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Client: Sonoma Community Foundation

Focus Area: Grantmaking Initiative
Content Area: Affordable Housing
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Client: Living Cities

Focus Area: Cross sector Partnerships; Learning Communities; Grantmaking Initiatives
Content Area: Community Development; Economic Mobility
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Banner Images: Living Cities Integration Initiative