What We Do / Build

Building initiatives and partnerships

From cross-sector partnerships to multi-funder initiatives, we leverage our experience in nonprofit, private and public sectors to bring projects and people together.

Understand shared needs and goals. Overcome differences. Forge a common vision for success. These are the cornerstones needed to build successful ventures. BWB Solutions works with foundations, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to collaborate in extraordinarily effective partnerships. We bring a broad range of constituencies together, and then:

  • Identify opportunities and additional potential partners
  • Find common ground
  • Negotiate roles and relationships
  • Develop and shape funding streams
  • Create an efficient management and organizational structure
  • Facilitate project launch and provide management guidance

Some recent projects include:

Partners in Progress Initiative
BWB Solutions managed the Learning Community for the Partners in Progress (PIP) Initiative, an initiative of the Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund.  PIP provides funding to 14 organizations across the US to build out comprehensive community development strategies that integrate housing, transit, child care, and health.  John’s team was responsible for managing the three Learning Convenings, the grantee web site, bi-weekly eblasts, and a TA pool for the PIP participants.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
BWB was engaged by JDRF to review its governance structure and make recommendations for improvement.  The team evaluated and made recommendations for changes in the structure and charge for Board committees, and for changes in the process for recruitment, nomination and leadership development for Board and committee chairs.  The team also developed recommendations on Board composition and on the self-evaluation process for Board and committees.  Recommendations were accepted and implemented by the Board and management.

National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS)
The National Fund was established in 2007 as a funding intermediary by the Casey, Ford, Hitachi and Weinberg Foundations, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, to strengthen and expand high-impact workforce partnership initiatives across the country. BWB staffed and facilitated the development of agreements on strategy, budget, governance, and staffing for NFWS in its first three years of operations. Today, the National Fund supports regional funding collaboratives in 30 communities across the country.

Living Cities: a national response to the foreclosure crisis
21 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions came together to create Living Cities, a collaborative effort to reinvest in and re-engineer America’s cities. BWB Solutions helped to create and co-manage a Living Cities pilot program to mitigate the negative impacts of mass foreclosures. In just six months, we led a planning group of 15 funders and staff through the process of crafting a grant program, choosing sites, and awarding $5 million in grants to pilot programs across the country.

The National Home Safety Partnership
BWB Solutions was engaged by Travelers Property Casualty, State Farm Insurance, and NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit organization focusing on housing and community development issues, to help create the National Home Safety Partnership. This new coalition of homeownership insurers, city agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations developed tools and approaches to make homes safer and to reduce insurance losses in 29 cities across the U.S. Activities include safety education, free home inspections, and long-term, low-interest loans for home repairs.