Funder affinity groups
Together you can collaborate, mentor, and share knowledge on specific topics or issues.
Funder affinity groups are formal or informal collaborations of grantmakers with a shared interest. Some affinity groups are formed around a specific target population and some are formed around a particular field of interest or issue. Some are volunteer-managed, others are more formally organized.
The purpose of the groups is to provide opportunities to meet each other, share knowledge and information and encourage collaboration. These networks provide rich resources for partnership, collaboration, learning, mentoring and expertise.
PFC OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT AND SERVICES FOR EXISTING OR EMERGING AFFINITY GROUPS:
- Research to help you identify other funders interested in your field of interest (providing contact names and addresses to get your network started) Maintenance of a protected web space on the PFC site for each affinity group to post and share materials, announce and organize events or initiate a discussion within the group.
- Helping with convening of groups with logistical and other support as needed. Assistance can be tailored to individual network needs.
- Publicizing of group mission and events using PFC communications vehicles such as web site and newsletter, as decided by each group.
Typically, a funder affinity group is self-directed. Each group is led by selected convener supported by PFC. Topics for meetings and activities are suggested by the conveners and/or members of each affinity group. Affinity group meetings and activities are open to all members of PFC as well as other funders.