Successful Public-Private Partnerships

Philanthropy can bring important assets to the table, helping policymakers find points of leverage. Many people think of money as philanthropy’s only asset. Yet, sophisticated charitable foundations bring much more than money; they bring expertise, a wealth of connections and their reputation as neutral conveners and honest brokers. They also can be more risk-tolerant than public bodies, and they can provide important political neutrality.

To fully understand the potential that lies in partnership between philanthropy and state government, one need only study work now in progress in several Wisconsin communities. Across the state, philanthropy is not only supporting, but providing community leadership in initiatives to strengthen our communities

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