Active Living by Design

Building and Sustaining a National Program
  • Sarah L. Strunk
    Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Sarah L. Strunk, MHA, Active Living By Design, 400 Market Street, Suite 205, Chapel Hill NC 27516
    Active Living By Design, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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      Philanthropic organizations have long emphasized the importance of impact in grantmaking activities. They use a variety of strategies to ensure sustainability after their funding ends. During the pre-award period, foundations may identify prospective grantees based on their track records of success; conduct careful legal and financial due diligence to minimize risk; and require a commitment of matching funding from the lead agency or other partners. Once funding begins, they may help bolster organizational effectiveness and leadership capacity with technical assistance, professional development activities, and other opportunities for learning and networking. Supporting the development of business plans to identify how initiatives will be maintained once funding ends, awarding bridge grants, and evaluating and disseminating best practices are additional ways that grantmakers can encourage long-term sustainability without investing in an initiative in perpetuity.
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