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System-Building Case Studies


Community System-Building


Community Impact: System-Building Case Studies

Baltimore, Maryland
After conducting a community assessment with NSLA, two private foundations and one public funding intermediary developed a common summer grant application. This application has streamlined the funding process for local programs, and improved the ability of the participating funders to understand how their individual summer portfolios support access to programs across the city. As a result of this effort, four additional private foundations made grants to programs that had used the common application.

Birmingham, Alabama 
NSLA developed an action plan based on the findings of a community assessment. The result was an initial joint investment of $500,000 by six local foundations to expand the capacity of local summer learning providers to deliver high-quality programming. This has grown to 11 funders investing $850,000 in 2015.

Indianapolis, Indiana 
In 2015, the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF), a collaborative of ten local funders, made a joint investment of $2.4M in close to 200 summer programs serving 50,000 youth. Since 1995, SYPF has contributed more than $39 million dollars to Marion County organizations providing summer programs.

Read NSLA's Summer Learning Community System-Building Reports.

For more information on NSLA’s community system-building initiatives, or how to consider summer learning in your grantmaking efforts, contact Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Director of Community System Building, at 410-856-1146 ext. 204 or leslie@summerlearning.

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