Join foundation colleagues for this one-day workshop which will explore the opportunities for partnerships to advance philanthropy’s goals, as well as their challenges.  The workshop will combine an overview of partnering principles; frameworks and practices with an exploration of the role donors can play in more effectively facilitating and supporting partnerships.

As society’s challenges become more complex and interconnected, funders have increasingly sought to fund partnerships rather than single entity projects.  As a result, they have played an important role in pioneering collaborative approaches and helped achieve more innovative, inclusive, scalable and sustainable outcomes.   But funders have also experienced some significant operational challenges – from too many “paper partnerships”; to tension between partner and donor accountabilities; to operationalizing partnerships for maximum benefits. Funders have a critical role to play in ‘making or breaking’ the partnership paradigm.  But building successful partnerships takes hard work and insight into the ‘art and science’ of effective collaboration.

Led by Jocelyne Daw,  an authorized trainer with the global Partnership Brokering Association, the workshop will start with some framing of partnering as a mechanism providing opportunities for participants to reflect on some core elements including: Definitions and interpretations of the term ‘partnership’; Collaboration models; Core partnering principles; Collaborative approaches to resource mobilization; Accountability and governance; Skills, approaches and tools for brokering / managing partnerships effectively; and Evaluating partnerships and added value / collaborative advantage.

During the afternoon, the group will explore a number of potential ways in which funders can engage more deeply in promoting effective multi-stakeholder collaboration – over and above providing funding – so that partnering achieves the important and ambitious goals they aspire to. These will include: Promoting partnering as a delivery mechanism; Investing in building partnering capacity and processes; Brokering new partnerships; Engaging as genuine partners; Modeling high standards in partnering practice; and Evaluating added value of partnering.


“Our investment in partnership broker training has really paid off. As a grant maker, we have become more focused on facilitating collaboration between both current grantees and prospective grantees. We find that more groups want to work together but lack the time, skills and resources to do it well. We are able to bring a nuanced and informed approach to better facilitate this process.” Pat Letizia, Executive Director, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, Partnership Brokers Association, Level II Training

 “I now have the framework, tools and confidence to address the challenges of a particularly problematic partnership, including an action plan and timelines – excellent!” – Health Sector Course participant, 2016

“This will help to re-energize the team and give us some new ways of thinking about partnerships.” –University sector, Course participant 2016

 Biography – Jocelyne Daw

Jocelyne Daw is an internationally published author, recognized innovator and expert in the evolution of authentic cross-sector partnerships and in the integration of collective action, community engagement and social innovation.   She is an Accredited Partnership Broker and an Authorized Practitioner Partnership trainer through the global Partnership Brokers Association and a member of the Collective Action Initiative.  She has helped countless organizations and people build successful partnerships through coaching, training and facilitation.

Overview Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Light breakfast


9:00 – 10:30 AM

Explore the role of partnering and have a clearer understanding of definition, spectrum and when to partner and when not to partner.

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Health Break

10:45 AM  – 12:15 PM

Learn the ‘guiding principles’ behind effective partnership and be introduced to the art and science of partnering, including the ‘Partnering Cycle’, a framework for the development and management of partnerships.  Discuss the implications for current and future partnering.

12:15 – 1:00



1:00 – 2:30 PM

Explore a number of potential ways in which donors can engage more deeply in promoting effective multi-stakeholder collaboration – over and above providing funding – so that partnering achieves the important and ambitious goals they aspire to achieve including: promote, invest, engage, evaluate and build deeper more impactful partnerships. 

2:30 – 2:45 PM

Health Break

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Exploration continued

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Summary of Learning: Shifts in thinking and action steps to take back to the office.

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