Engaging in Collaboration and Philanthropic Partnerships for COVID-19 Response


Philanthropy is undertaking massive efforts in this country to more effectively collaborate and coordinate quickly among various funders, stakeholders and community partners in response to COVID-19—and all without the power of convening in person. In this time of crisis, what do we need to do differently to more effectively align our resources and better serve community?

This conversation explores how coordinated efforts are advancing to streamline capital to critical people and nonprofits deeply impacted by the pandemic. Foundations, companies, United Ways, and public partners are increasingly engaged in coordinated efforts to identify priority areas, pool funds, and enable informed decision-making across a web of actors and players in this rapidly evolving situation. Explore on this call how local public, private, philanthropic partnerships are forming and expanding in communities to most quickly and effectively respond to this complex, global challenge.

Key Topics

  • Reinforcing the importance of connectivity, sharing, and sector networking in these times
  • Emerging practices between philanthropic partners for a coordinated community response.
  • Showcase philanthropic partners leading by example to coordinate community responses.
  • Understand how these partnerships take form and are executed in these unusual times of COVID-19.
  • How to implement your own localized strategy for coordinated philanthropic partnerships.



  • Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations (moderator)
  • Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Hilton Foundation
  • Matthew JohnsonChief of COVID-19 Philanthropic & Prviate Sector Community Engagement, City of Los Angeles
  • Tonia Wellons, President and CEO, Greater Washington Community Foundation