For more than a decade the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia has brought together more than 20 private, community, and corporate foundations to address the state’s health-related challenges. One of the collaborative’s objectives is to provide a structured learning framework that enables foundation staff and trustees to be more informed around health issues and more effective in their own grant-making activities. But the collaborative also pursues opportunities for interested foundations to collectively fund jointly identified strategic initiatives.
These collectively funded initiatives typically focus on opportunities that can impact health care programs, practice, and policy, with the broader goal of impacting systemic change. These are often multiyear initiatives that involve cross-sector collaboration with Georgia state agencies to further align resources and scale the potential scope of impact. The collectively funded projects address school health, rural health care access, cancer prevention, youth fitness and obesity, and metropolitan health care safety net initiatives. The collaborative brings together multiple emerging collaborative dynamics including pooled funding from multiple private foundations and full-fledged cross-sectoral collaboration.
The collaborative contracts with the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) for backbone and organizational support. GHPC staff assists the collaborative by researching existing programs and best practices, developing policy briefs, organizing workshops, coordinating the implementation of jointly funded initiatives, providing technical assistance to grantees, and evaluating impact. The Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia serves as a national model for successful public-private partnerships and how private foundations can leverage their resources for maximal impact through pooled funding.