Plenary discussion at the 2016 Collective Impact Convening with David Bley – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Luzelma Canales – RGV FOCUS, Fay Hanleybrown – FSG, Wynn Rosser – Greater Texas Foundation, and Mary Jean Ryan – Community Center for Education Results (CCER). This session was held on June 8, 2016.

About this session: Funders and backbone leaders both play important roles in collective impact initiatives, from catalyzing action to sustaining momentum to sharing ownership and decision-making with other partners. Funders often need to go beyond their role as grantmakers to also serve as co-creators and partners with those in the collaborative. In addition, backbone leaders serve as active facilitators who guide vision and strategy, analyze data to inform learning, and coordinate/align the efforts of many other partners around the table. How can funders and backbone leaders most effectively lead with each other and with their partners? During this session, participants will hear from funder/backbone duos in Seattle and Texas about how they navigate various roles as catalysts for collective impact.

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