Collaborating Where Health Happens

Grantmakers in Health



Case Study Sector


In 1987 former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff member and trailblazer Terry Keenan recognized the need for a model of grantmaking that originated with local funders invested in their own communities. His field experience helped shape a responsive program built on the understanding that change to improve health at the local level must be led by funders and organizations within the community for it to be both pertinent and lasting. He developed Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) as a way to identify innovative local programs and provide technical guidance, training, and metrics to root these programs in their communities with the goal of developing sustainable projects. Keenan’s model was built on the importance of partnerships, learning, and continuous feedback from the communities in which the program worked.



  • Evaluation
  • Field Building
  • Partnership


  • Northern America

Blog Posts

Old Tools, Revolutionary Results

February 7, 2017

Using only the traditional tactics of standard philanthropy, the Revson Foundation helped New York City’s struggling branch libraries regain support from City Hall and begin rebuilding their crumbling infrastructure.



Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation