From 2013 – 2019, six U.S.‑based donor organizations, all active internationally, came together with the support of the GFCF to work as an alliance to build and promote community philanthropy as a global movement. There were three underlying factors that made this initiative unusual:
- The Alliance was a mix of private and public donor entities, who do not often work together in this way.
- It was based on a commitment to work collaboratively over a number of years around an idea.
- A key motivation was to promote new approaches to community philanthropy as an important part of the development portfolio to donors operating internationally.
Surely, this makes it a story worth telling – not just to see if the collaboration achieved its goals, but also to explore what it means to be part of an 'alliance' and what lessons this Alliance may have for other donors across the globe seeking to collaborate in new ways to make a difference.