Intentional collaborations increase the impact of philanthropy by combining everyone’s knowledge and expertise. GWP learning networks are designed to promote such collaborations and can be structured to support:
- Learning together about an issue (e.g. education, population health)
- Swapping strategies and practices shared by a type of funding organization (e.g. family foundations)
- Fostering exchange between peers (e.g. program officers, grants managers)
Learning Network Objectives
- Building relationships with other GWP members with a shared interest
- Sharing information, successes, challenges and promising practices
- Learning from experts and peers
- Participating in professional and leadership development
- Exploring defined collaboration and joint action, when desired
Learning Network Guidelines
Networks work best when they are driven by their participants. Accordingly, GWP learning networks require designated volunteer leadership and a core group of members who participate in regular network activity.
GWP learning networks operate only as our members want and need them. We will suspend or discontinue a network if its members determine that their goals have been met or if volunteer leadership is no longer in place.