The Center for Strategic Partnerships builds bridges between L.A. County and its philanthropic partners. With relationships in both sectors, a deep understanding of their respective cultures, and a passion for making connections, we help to unleash the considerable resources, talent, and influences of these two unique sectors to transform the lives of children, youth, and families.
The Center is not a funding agency. All Center initiatives involve a shared agenda between the County and philanthropy. We do not seek funding for community-based organizations or projects outside of our public-private initiatives.
Our involvement in cross-sector collaborations spans a continuum:
At one end of the spectrum, we go deep, helping to determine the who, what, and how of an innovation that our partners are seeking together. In these cases, we might help shape ideas, draft proposals, and secure commitments. Often we roll up our sleeves with County partners to implement the systems change, bringing our private sector partners into the space as thought partners and co-creators.
At the other end, we act as a matchmaker and support our partners in building their own collaborations. We identify issues and projects ripe for collaboration, broker relationships, bridge communication gaps, provide technical assistance to both sectors, and help our partners learn how to work more effectively together.
Regardless of where our work falls on this continuum, the Center enables each of our partners to do what they do best, leveraging the investments of all to create greater and more sustainable impact.