Philanthropy is demonstrating leadership by coming together, pooling resources and capitalizing on our own institutional strengths. I call this process Leading Together.
By organizing around a foundation’s core strengths and by embracing the best thinking from the nonprofit sector, scholarship, science and business, we will be able to have a much greater impact as a community of funders than we will on our own.
Leadership and togetherness are not new ideas, but I hope that this concept will refresh our thinking about the importance of collaboration. We all have our own ways of collaborating with others, but there are four major principles that I believe must be emphasized in order to achieve success:
1. Focus on Common Purpose – Think about issues, not institutions. We must look past ourselves to the purpose of our work and always keep in mind the people that we are trying to support.
Source: Huffington Post