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

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation