The Power of Collaboration

2016-03-30 09.09.10
Amanda Neumann

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

Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense via Forbes

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