Balancing act

Nonprofit collaboration best when reciprocal. How can nonprofits build partnerships? Let us know what you think. Click here to join our online discussion on this important issue, or submit a letter to the editor or guest opinion column.


Nonprofits are able to benefit from other organizations’ offerings by creating partnerships that add value.

The nonprofit sector has many gaps that we relentlessly try to fill ourselves, not realizing that we can exchange valuable services with other organizations.

Organizations may start taking advantage of collaborative efforts by evaluating what their strengths and weaknesses are, then identifying what the needs or gaps are, and which organizations are strong on these areas.

Don’t just establish a relationship with the organization(s) identified, but formalize the relationship by establishing benefits, goals and accountability.

Make sure the collaboration or partnership is 50-50: Relationships are best when balanced.

Cultural and business values are important in making sure that the partnership strategy is well aligned with both organizations’ strategies.

Varsovia Fernandez, director of development, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Philadelphia

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