Philanthropy

Grantmakers and individual donors are increasingly interested in building partnerships with grantees—working together to develop projects and initiatives that support and build communities from the inside out. They seek to communicate their missions or funding intent clearly and outline the processes for receiving funds in unambiguous ways. Many are also increasingly interested in fully understanding the results generated by the projects they fund. Lessons learned and recommendations about how to do things better in the future are increasingly important.

Millennia has successfully supported this partnership-building process in several ways. We assisted one national foundation in a survey of its grantees in a specific grantmaking arena, developing a sketch of strengths and weaknesses. Building on the survey results, we facilitated a daylong visioning session with grantees from around the country. This dialogue proved invaluable as Millennia guided the foundation through its own strategic planning process. In other cases, Millennia has developed guidelines for new funding initiatives and conducted participatory evaluations that engage grantees in ongoing reflection on their work, building learning communities and strengthening results. We have acted as the interim director for a health conversion foundation and engaged a new foundation board in a complete restructuring of the organization, its mission, values and grant making strategy.

Read these client stories for examples of our work in philanthropy:

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Philanthropic clients we have worked with:

  • AIDS Foundation
  • Alexian Brothers Foundation
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Blandin Foundation
  • Chicago Annenberg Foundation
  • Chicago Community Trust, The
  • Community Memorial Foundation
  • Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Core Foundation, The
  • Dolores Kohl Education Foundation
  • Foundations of East Chicago
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Fund for Immigrants and Refugees
  • Gender Equity Fund
  • Girl's Best Friend Foundation
  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Minnesota Newspaper Foundation
  • McCormick Tribune Foundation
  • Michael Reese Health Trust
  • Open Heart Magic Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Ravenswood Health Care Foundation
  • Steans Family Foundation
  • The Brinson Foundation