CCP Releases Public Sector Perspective on Public-Private Partnership Collaboration Model

Friday, March 24, 2017

HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is pleased to release the third paper in a series exploring the public-private partnership undertaken by the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the State of Connecticut.

The series examines an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013.

This final paper, Co-Creation: The Public Sector Perspective, brings forward the perspective of those working within the public sector—specifically in the State of Connecticut—in forging new working relationships with the philanthropic community.

“We had to go beyond collective agreements and begin to understand what we each could and could not do based on the organizational structures, roles, and rules within which we worked,” commented Carlotta Schechter, member, State of Connecticut Early Childhood Planning Team.

"Our three-part study is significant, as there is much written about funder partnerships and collaboration success stories, but little discussion on different kinds of collaborative ventures and the lessons learned by philanthropy and the public sector," states Collaborative Executive Director Carol O'Donnell.

The first article, Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through a New Lens, provided a look at public-private partnerships through the lens of co-creation to more effectively assess and sustain efforts to improve outcomes for children in partnership with the State of Connecticut.

The second article, Taking on New Roles to Address 21st Century Problems, explored the role of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), an association of funders within this endeavor. For CCP, this was an opportunity to explore and test a new working structure in response to the desire within Connecticut’s philanthropic community to achieve meaningful and large-scale systems change.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative is a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) for which CCP serves as fiscal sponsor. The Collaborative comprises 14 funders from around the state who bring many years of experience in supporting and operating programs that serve the needs of children and families.

To download copies of the Co-Creation case studies and learn more information about the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, visit the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s website.

About the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. CCP’s 112 members are foundations (private, corporate, community), business and corporate giving programs, bank trusts, donor-advised funds, individual philanthropists and those serving the philanthropic sector. CCP members annually grant more than $858 million from assets of more than $7.6 billion. CCP is a member of The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (The Forum), the largest network serving philanthropy in America.



Carol O’Donnell
Collaborative Executive Director
Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

David Davison
Interim President
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


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