Many funders that have launched community-based initiatives have experienced the challenge of sustainability in one form or another. As funders increasingly seek to engage and improve economically struggling neighborhoods, achieving sustainability is even more important. This report explores how funders and grantees think about sustainability, and how to best prepare and support promising projects for post-grant sustainability. 

April 1, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What “sustainability” means, and what we should be seeking to sustain.

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    The unique challenges of comprehensive community initiatives.

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    The differing perspectives on the role of funders.

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    Foundation actions that impact sustainability.

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    Recommendations to achieve sustainability.

Key Takeaway

An Early Focus on Sustainability

As far as pholantrhopy is concerned, a focus on sustainability should come early on, as part of the original design of community-based initiatives. Sustainability plans should be included in original funding applications.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations