Essential Elements to Philanthropy-Consulting Partnerships
April 15, 2015
Our primary motivation for publishing our article about philanthropy-consulting partnerships in the Foundation Review was to start the conversation on what makes a good partnership. Without the following essential elements for success, philanthropy-consulting partnerships risk becoming burdensome and ineffective for both the funder and the consultants.
A funder’s decision to tap a philanthropy-consulting partnership for a project should be an intentional one. To explore why they would use more than one consultant, funders should consider the following questions, related to the essential elements to a partnership’s success, before enlisting more than one consultant in a partnership:
- Are the resources available to maintain ongoing communication and coordination?
- Are consultants open to feedback from each other, and will that feedback enhance the project work?
- Is there a need for specific roles or explicit areas of expertise? How can each consultant fulfill that need?
- Do the consultants share the same intentions for doing the project? How could differing intentions affect the project work?