Connect US Fund

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Connect US Fund

"Through a program of grant-making and operations designed to foster stronger collaboration among non-governmental organizations active on foreign policy issues, the Connect US Fund seeks to advance a vision for responsible U.S. global engagement in an increasingly interdependent world. The Fund supports a community of foundations and non-governmental organizations working together to enhance the effectiveness of their collective advocacy efforts." [1]

"The Connect U.S. initiative was founded in 2004 by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Open Society Institute and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to unite and support a growing number of U.S.-based organizations that work on global affairs. The Ford Foundation joined the collaborative in 2005. The Connect U.S. Fund is managed and administered by the Tides Foundation. The Connect U.S. Council provides policy and program guidance for the Connect U.S. initiative, and is comprised of representatives from each of the five supporting foundations. The Council is supported by the Connect U.S. Fund professional staff, which operates as a project of the Tides Center...

"In 2006, the collaborative embarked on a search for an executive director to provide leadership for the Connect U.S. community of organizations, complete and implement a strategic plan, and provide a strategic vision for the funding and network-building activities. In November 2006, Eric Schwartz joined the Connect U.S. Fund as its first executive director." [2]


Accessed December 2008: [3]



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  1. Mission, Connect US Fund, accessed December 22, 2008.
  2. History, Connect US Fund, accessed December 22, 2008.
  3. Staff, Connect US Fund, accessed December 22, 2008.