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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe

As the weather turns cold – quite suddenly this year – we start preparing for a busy season of gathering together to give, receive, and celebrate. As you review your accomplishments and look to the next year, are you considering forging new partnerships to strengthen or expand your outreach? Collaboration is a trending topic in the non-profit world, but how do you determine if it’s right for your organization and mission?

The Boston-based Catalyst Fund has studied collaboration among non-profits, and points to three key elements for success. They define collaboration as “a relationship between two or more nonprofits that:
  • meaningfully changes the way participating organizations do business for the long-term,
  • requires board involvement as a high-level, strategic activity, and
  •  preserves, expands, or improves services to constituents.”
Effective and productive collaboration requires a high level of planning and clear leadership. It’s important to choose partners with clear objective that align closely with your own organizational goals. Ask, “What are we trying to achieve together, and why?” Be clear and honest about your expectations from each other, and define your shared goals. Also, you’ll want to ensure that you have the resources and expertise to support the increased capacity likely to result from your new strategic partnership. This website from Grantspace lists different types of collaborative relationships among nonprofits, and how they work.

Ideas for collaboration are often identified during the strategic planning process. PGC can help you develop a strategic plan to clarify your goals, and create plans with collaboration in mind. We believe when good people try to do more good together, the results can be exponential.

Today’s Website:
Foundation Center - Collaboration Resources

Interested in taking a closer look at partnering with another organization to pursue shared goals? This page from Foundation Center has a wealth of links, articles, and videos to help inform your research on methods and research that could work for you.
You can find information on collaborations from over 650 organizations gathered from entrants from the Collaboration Prizes, sponsored by the Lodestar Foundation.

Today’s Organization: 
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LaAmistad believes that every person in America should receive a quality education and have the opportunity to pursue their goals, irrespective of their language of origin or socioeconomic status. LaAmistad's mission is to support Latino and first generation students and their families through tutoring, mentoring and programming that promotes academic, physical and personal growth. To accomplish this, LaAmistad has created an award-winning after school program, LaAmistad After School. The program places a heavy focus on tutoring the students to improve academic success and also on providing mentoring. LaAmistad After School In the 2012-2013 school year, 100% of LaAmistad After School students met or exceeded the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in Reading, and 93% in Math.

LaAmistad also serves as a parent resource center for employment, health, counseling, legal and financial services, and scholarships and administers the largest community-based adult English as a Second Language program in Georgia. LaAmistad has had an incredibly successful experience launching and operating the program at its initial sites over the past 10 years. Palmetto congratulates LaAmistad on its continued growth and success.

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