EQUIP Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program - A Funding Collaboration

EQUIP represents a grantmaking model where multiple funders make grants to a fiscal agent for a specific program. These funds are pooled to create a single grant program with its own guidelines. Often times, foundation staff and directors form a steering committee to make grant decisions and vote on policies, guidelines and procedures, much like a foundation board of directors does. These philanthropic collaborations are often managed by an external contractor or staff member of one of the participating foundations. I am now into my 9th year as Director of EQUIP, which has served thousands of children and families at more than 40 individual agencies across the Chicago region. EQUIP was deve

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