Why should your nonprofit collaborate with other nonprofit organizations or businesses? Well, there are a plethora of reasons. First, however, it’s important to understand different ways to collaborate.
You can collaborate by sharing expertise or resources (coordinated action), amplifying a policy message (joint advocacy), creating and sharing collective wisdom (collaborative learning), or by leveraging networks of like-minded organizations to tackle social issues requiring sustained, coordinated action (networking).
Benefits of Successful Nonprofit Collaboration:
- Save costs by sharing infrastructure, staff, and administrative expenses
- Strengthen new or existing programs
- More efficient, and far-reaching, outreach opportunities
- Improve efficiency
- Utilize complimentary skills and abilities
- Increase leadership skills
- Increased opportunities for funding
A longer-term option for collaboration is creating an alliance. An alliance allows for longer-term collaboration without the specific organizations having to give up organization automony. Alliances can be useful for advancing goals like providing services or programs to a broader audience, creating a revenue-sharing social venture (such as a community event), and leveraging for social or legislative change.
Collaboration is often essential for successful nonprofits. Working with both similar and dissimilar organizations can open up a world of new opportunities!
Sources & Resources
Why Collaborate? via Philanthropy News Digest
6 Good Reasons for Nonprofit Collaboration via Third Sector Today