Collaboration is important for nonprofits because it is based on the idea that organizations attempting to change the world for the better create a unified vision and strive towards common goals. However, even in the most pure of endeavors, there are some who shy away from the idea of working together. So are there valid reasons for nonprofit organizations to begin collaborating with one and other?
First of all, consider the recipient’s perspective: every foundation is working towards expanding their reach and widening its impact. So working as partners may be one of the best possibilities of ensuring that the people organizations are attempting to serve are truly reached by new initiatives enforced as collective action.
A nonprofit’s individual mission can often be better fulfilled when collaborating with similar nonprofits working towards similar goals. It not only offers the chance of thinking outside the box, but it also allows specific nonprofits to establish important relationships.
In the spirit of collaboration, Nonprofit Hub (here is their website) has already started working towards a better collaboration between organizations by preparing a space designed for nonprofits to use together. Their “incubator”, or collective workspace, is set to open on the first day of 2015 in downtown Lincoln. Among its intended uses, Nonprofit Hub believed that such a space would allow numerous nonprofits to work together towards positively influencing the world. All this without sacrificing significant parts of their budgets to pay for a workspace.
“Not only will this be the home to hundreds of nonprofits, but we’ll also provide education for these organizations, in keeping with our original mission,”
Randy Hawthorne, Executive Director at Nonprofit Hub explained, while also describing the organization’s vision. According to him, industry experts would be brought in so that all those nonprofits still starting off would have the opportunity of receiving proper expertise.
Everything from Wi-Fi access, printers, office supplies and phone services will be provided to nonprofits walking through the door, Nonprofit Hub said, so that a number of up to 100 people can conduct their affairs daily.
Others have considered different options in showcasing the work of valuable nonprofits. Today’s Growth Consultant, for instance, is dedicated towards providing information about nonprofit organizations doing valuable work. Those nonprofits wanting to be considered for donations can send a message and register with Today’s Growth Consultant to be included.(click here for the website)
It’s essential for nonprofits to build strong relationships with like-minded organizations, because if not, they could be missing out on essential opportunities. And thinking outside the box can always aid your organization in further serving the people that need it the most.