· Systems that provide services to children tend to operate in silos; foundations can play a role in helping bridge these silos by supporting “systems building” efforts.
· Using examples from two foundations and two communities, this article explores the challenges and lessons learned in systems building work.
· Educating grantees and other community members about systems and systems building is a critical first step in the process.
· Supporting systems building requires an iterative process and foundations should continuously reinforce the importance of systems building activities.
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Johnson, D., Chung, P., Schroeder, J., & Meyers, J. (2012). Bridging Silos, Improving Systems. The Foundation Review, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-11-00020.1