Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS

Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS

Funding in support of community-based actions in response to the global AIDS epidemic remains sporadic, limited, and hampered by challenges, a report commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS finds. Based on a literature review and interviews with community-based organizations (CBOs), funders and other key stakeholders, the report, Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS (38 pages, PDF), found that examples of effective funder practices in supporting community-led responses underscore the importance of dialogue and feedback, collaboration, and self-evaluation. Good funding practices cited in the report include making funding accessible by applying community-appropriate eligibility requirements, standardizing and sharing due diligence with other funders, and facilitating the application process; funding "the right things in the right way"; providing support beyond funding, including capacity-building, technical assistance, and peer support networks; and supporting the sustainability of community action.