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 Partnerships

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 and internationally. In addition to administering the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration, SeaChange is a thought partner for building the field of collaboration and educating the sector about the strategic benefits of both utilizing and funding long-term collaboration.


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 can continue to be added to the database by application to the Foundation Center.


THE PATTERSON FOUNDATION and THE LYDA HILL FOUNDATION: Since 2015, Lodestar has partnered with The Patterson Foundation and The Lyda Hill Foundation to advise and support BoardSource in the design and implementation of a multiyear initiative to build awareness of long-term collaboration as a strategic best practice for nonprofit boards. As is true of Lodestar, both foundations value and embody collaboration in their ongoing operations.



Our Funder Collaboratives

FUNDER COLLABORATIVE TO SUPPORT COLLABORATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: In 2009, The Lodestar Foundation and SeaChange Capital Partners, a business-oriented advisory services organization serving the nonprofit sector, 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.


FUNDER COLLABORATIVE TO SUPPORT NONPROFIT COLLABORATION IN NYC: The Lodestar Foundation is a founding member of The New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (NYMAC), 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. NYMAC, which is managed by SeaChange Capital Partners, provides grants to support the exploration and/or implementation of such collaborations and also supports educational activities promoting collaboration in the five boroughs of New York City.


FUNDER COLLABORATIVE TO SUPPORT NONPROFIT COLLABORATION IN PHILADELPHIA: The Lodestar Foundation is a founding member of the Philadelphia Repositioning Fund, a funder collaborative created to improve the capacity, effectiveness and financial health of nonprofits in the greater Philadelphia area by encouraging and supporting formal long-term collaborations. In addition to providing funds to explore and implement such collaborations, the Fund actively engages in field-building activities to expand knowledge about collaboration. The Fund is housed at the Philadelphia Foundation and administered by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.


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


NEIGHBORHOOD FUNDER COLLABORATIVE: The Phoenix Neighborhood Development Collaborative (PNDC) was a funder collaborative, created to focus the resources of government, nonprofits, individuals and philanthropy on difficult neighborhood problems. Lodestar joined the Arizona Community Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, St. Luke’s Health Initiative, and Valley of the Sun United Way in funding collaborative projects over a period of three years in two PNDC neighborhoods. The Phoenix office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) coordinated the PNDC.


FUNDER COLLABORATIVE FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS: A group of funders that had individually supported Phoenix-area summer youth programs joined together to create a one-step application process for prospective grantees and to coordinate the awarding of grants for such programs. The Lodestar Foundation provided ongoing support for the funder collaborative for a number of years.