Mobilizing & Managing Funding

When a backbone mobilizes funding for the initiative, as opposed to individual partners contributing resources, it can be easier for partners to align efforts and focus on working together instead of protecting individual resources. Similarly, partners are more likely to trust the distribution of funds from a neutral backbone as having the initiative’s best interest at heart.

However, the backbone needs to take care with this role, as funding is always a highly political and charged issue: a strategic backbone is not only a funding partner for the collaborative, it is also prepared to manage the politics that come with funding.