Leveraging Philanthropy and Collaboration

The Lodestar Foundation seeks to expand the overall capacity of the social sector by promoting philanthropy, volunteering, public service, nonprofit collaboration and other business practices.

Our Partners

SEACHANGE CAPITAL PARTNERS: In late 2009, Lodestar entered into a partnership with SeaChange Capital Partners to jointly support nonprofit collaborations throughout the country. In furtherance of that effort, the partners established the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration to support collaborations. With the belief that collaboration can be a valuable capacity-building tool for nonprofit organizations to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability with which they pursue their missions, the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund's mission is to encourage and support mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures, and other types of formal, long-term collaboration among nonprofit organizations. 

THE FOUNDATION CENTER: In 2010, the Lodestar Foundation entered into a partnership with the Foundation Center to create and maintain a broad-based database of nonprofit collaborations, searchable by a wide variety of categories and characteristics. The Nonprofit Collaboration Database, which went online in June 2010 on the Foundation Center website, provides inspirational and instructive models of collaboration for the sector. The database initially was populated by applications received by the Lodestar Foundation in connection with a project to collect models pursuant to a national contest, the Collaboration Prize. Additional models continue to be added to the database by application to the Foundation Center.

Funder Collaboratives

NYMAC: The Lodestar Foundation is a founding member of the New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund, a funder collaborative designed to encourage and enable mergers, acquisitions, and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations working in New York City. Specifically, the fund supports organizations that have a serious interest in coming together in some way or in exploring how they might by making grants to help cover a portion of the one-time costs required to explore or complete the collaboration.

THE PHILADELPHIA REPOSITIONING FUND: The Philadelphia Repositioning Fund is an effort to encourage and support mergers and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations, as well as dissolution planning for individual nonprofit organizations.

ARIZONA NONPROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING LANDSCAPE PROJECT:Lodestar is one of a group of Arizona foundations collaborating on a project to support capacity-building for nonprofits in the state.  After identifying available resources, the group will determine appropriate next steps. 

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM FUND:The Summer Youth Program Fund is a collaborative among funders that support agencies providing summer programming for youth in Maricopa County, Arizona. The fund’s purpose is to supplement existing programs in order “to enrich, enhance, and expand summer activities for children and youth.” The Summer Youth Program Fund makes it easier for local nonprofits to apply for grant funding for their summer programming by requiring just one application that is then considered by more than a dozen funders. The Lodestar Foundation provides annual grant funding to cover the costs of the fund’s administration.

PHOENIX NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIVE: The Phoenix Neighborhood Development Collaborative (PNDC) is a collaboration
of funders who share a common purpose of improving economic and social conditions in Phoenix’s low income neighborhoods by increasing the impact of community development on neighborhoods. The funders have come together to have a greater collective impact in two Phoenix neighborhoods to support the will and the work of residents to create socially, culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods by organizing and directing resources, providing technical assistance and fostering collaboration.