A Foundation-to-Foundation Partnership

While not new to the field of philanthropy, funder-to-funder partnerships have been increasingly a topic of discussion, interest, and curiosity. Partnerships in the philanthropic sector, however, do not have a long history of discernible practice, measured benefits or results.

In recent years, there has been a surge in research around partnerships, but what seem to be missing are more candid examples and lessons from specific funder-to-funder partnerships. Addressing this gap in the literature, this paper reveals findings from a process evaluation of the partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) vis-à-vis its Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN) grantmaking program (initiated in 2005).

A candid look at this partnership reveals successes and challenges, as well as what worked and what took time to work. Moreover, this paper reveals the hard work required to make this partnership evolve to create a program that has had a significant, positive impact on the field of nursing.