What has been the response from local agencies?

Coordinated Funding represented a significant change in the way local public and private funding was distributed to meet community needs. Like all dramatic change efforts, Coordinated Funding had detractors. Some agency directors and leaders, who historically relied on relationships with individual funders to secure support for their programming, were afraid and skeptical about this new, outcome-oriented and collaborative approach to funding. Coordinated Funders encouraged agencies to give feedback, ask questions and contribute ideas, and worked hard to ensure that reality-based concerns were addressed and ideas incorporated in the planning and implementation process. As the Coordinated Funding process has progressed, initial concerns have disappeared, and feedback from nonprofits, policy-makers, donors, and the community has been very positive.

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1. Does this model exist in any other communities?
2. What types of programs receive funding under this model and for how long?
3. Do the Coordinated Funding partners pool all their resources (public and private funds)?
4. What is the process to apply for program operating funds under the Coordinated Funding model?
5. How and by whom are decisions made for program operating funds regarding who gets funded and at what level?
6. What are the oversight and stewardship processes for those who receive funding?
7. What is meant by “community-wide outcomes” as a benefit of this funding model?
8. Is there a process for restricting funds once an agency has been awarded and for what reasons would this be implemented?
9. Is there a process in place to evaluate the Coordinated Funding model?
10. What has been the response from local agencies?