Partnership for Public Service, Inc.

Grants

$75,000 for 1 year

Awarded: April 1, 2016

Program Goal: Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

For a conference at The Pocantico Center, Ready to Govern: Preparing to Lead from Day One.

$40,000 for 1 year

Awarded: July 30, 2015

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

For a conference at The Pocantico Center, American Ingenuity: Driving Innovation in the U.S. Federal Government.

$75,000 for 1 year

Awarded: September 4, 2014

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

For a conference at the Pocantico Center, Achieving Public Good: Why Organizational Capacity Matters, and follow-up to execute conference outcomes.

$80,000 for 1 year

Awarded: March 12, 2013

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015)

For a case study and manual to enable the smooth transition of power between presidential administrations.

$75,000 for 1 year

Awarded: March 22, 2012

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015)

For the costs related to its conference on the presidential transition.

$35,000 for 1 year

Awarded: July 28, 2011

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015)

For the costs related to its conference, Improving the Business of Government.

$40,000 for 1 year

Awarded: December 8, 2010

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

For the development of a new business plan.

$35,000 for 1 year

Awarded: January 20, 2010

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Fostering Understanding of the Public Sector (ended 2015), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

Toward the costs of its Acquisition in Crisis: Transforming Workforce and Process in the Public Interest conference at the Pocantico Conference Center.

$35,000 for 6 months

Awarded: September 18, 2009

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Foster Effective Governance (ended 2010), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

Toward the costs of its Achieving Public Good: Making Government and Philanthropy Effective Partners conference.

$35,000 for 1 year

Awarded: December 13, 2007

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Foster Effective Governance (ended 2010), Other Democratic Practice–U.S.

For a Pocantico conference that will establish a framework for management of the federal workforce in the next administration, with an emphasis on ways to manage an effective presidential transition.

$25,000 for 1 year

Awarded: June 13, 2006

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Foster Effective Governance (ended 2010)

For the preparatory costs of a Pocantico Conference on the State of the Public Service.

$30,000 for 1 year

Awarded: December 11, 2003

Program Goal: Democratic Practice–U.S.: Foster Effective Governance (ended 2010)

To its research project, Inspiring a New Generation to Government Service: Understanding the Communications Challenge.

About the Grantee

  • Held annually the first week in May, Public Service Recognition Week is a nationwide program that honors the contributions of public employees. As part of the 2010 commemoration, the Partnership held a celebration on the National Mall that involved more than 100 government offices and agencies and attracted more than 40,000 visitors.

Government is most effective when its employees are trustworthy, nonpartisan, and fiscally responsible. They must seek to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results; and promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion, and respect.

With this in mind, Samuel J. Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service in 2001, building on the premise that hiring, developing, and retaining the best people in public service results in better government.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization engages, informs, and mobilizes influential leaders—across government and among the education, philanthropic, and corporate sectors—to promote a more effective public sector.

“We exist, not to do the job of government, but to help government do its job better,” said Max Stier, CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

Over the past 10 years, the Partnership has emerged as the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving federal government performance. Since 2003, it has published its rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, evaluating employee satisfaction and commitment across nearly 300 agencies and subcomponents. And each year, it awards the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals—nicknamed Sammies—to dedicated individuals in the workforce who make high-impact contributions to the country through commitment and innovation. These highly successful programs increase transparency and accountability for results in government and share compelling examples of best practices. 

“We believe that good government starts with good people,” said Stier, who has been with the Partnership since the beginning. “This is why we champion and pay tribute to our federal employees who are making our nation safer, greener, and more financially secure.”

In October 2009, the Partnership for Public Service gathered a group of foundation and government leaders at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pocantico Center to begin a dialogue about how the broader foundation community could find innovative and collaborative ways to help government reach its full potential. As a result of the conference, they produced a report: Toward Common Ends: The Foundation Sector and the Federal Government.

“We realize that the complex problems of the 21st century require our country’s best and brightest—both in and outside of government,” Stier said. “We are committed over the long term to help our government improve through ongoing cross-sector collaborations that will provide a collective framework to ultimately sustain families, strengthen communities, and bolster the global marketplace.”

Another outcome of the 2009 Pocantico conference was the 2010 launch of a three-and-a-half-year program with the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to transform its leadership and build a more innovative, collaborative, and results-oriented department.

In October 2011, the Partnership held a similar conference at The Pocantico Center, this time partnering with a cross-section of for-profit business and government leaders.

“The annual thought-leadership conferences we host in collaboration with the RBF help us to continue building relationships with key stakeholders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to help reach our ultimate goal of a more effective government,” Stier said.

Looking forward, the Partnership will begin to narrow its programmatic focus around five critical leverage points: talent, effective workplaces, leadership, performance systems, and key constituencies.

“The Partnership has batted pretty close to a thousand since we started a decade ago, but our government faces new challenges that didn’t exist back then,” Stier said. “It is our job to adapt to these changes in order to continue improving it.”