Collaborating Towards Kindergarten Readiness at Scale: A Funder Group Case Study

Collaborating Towards Kindergarten Readiness at Scale: A Funder Group Case Study

Funder collaboratives require a serious investment of time and resources by participating funders in order to be effective, a case study from the Bridgespan Group finds. The report, Collaborating Towards Kindergarten Readiness at Scale: A Funder Group Case Study (17 pages, PDF), examines how twelve foundations led by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation set out to identify a few high-impact ideas that might improve kindergarten readiness for all children and find ways to advance them collaboratively. Key learnings include assembling the "right people" with interest in scaling impact, relevant expertise, and decision-making authority; establishing a compelling shared goal (kindergarten readiness at scale) and holding members of the group itself accountable at every stage; being willing to learn together (which fosters trust and collegiality); and empowering expert "champions" who can help translate talk into action.