Giving Compass’ Take:
• Ashley Post, writing for Charity Navigator, discusses how nonprofit organizations can achieve their missions through collaboration, rather than working in silos.
• How are donors encouraging collaborative impact in nonprofits? How do you identify what successful collaboration looks like?
• Read more about innovating the sector with nonprofit collaboration.
We’re often inspired to support a charity based on their vision for a better world–one without hunger, homelessness, or disease. Organizations dare to imagine a day when these problems no longer exist and invite us to be part of the solution through our support.
To have a meaningful impact, organizations must embrace collaboration and adopt a comprehensive, focused approach for tackling the issues they set out to address. Here’s why…
Many nonprofits set out to tackle broad, ambitious missions like ending hunger or eliminating homelessness. On one hand, the goals for a world without hunger, homelessness, and other issues are motivating. Charities are daring to believe in a world where these problems can be solved and we can be part of that solution by supporting them. But, on the other hand, these lofty dreams can be frustrating and discouraging. Progress is slow and setbacks are frequent. And, our visions for a better world can start to dim.
To be successful, charities must acknowledge that issues like the aforementioned hunger and homelessness are fueled by underlying factors like environmental changes and socioeconomic inequity. Focusing on keeping the food bank’s shelves stocked is important, but it only addresses the symptom of community hunger and food insecurity. This approach is unsustainable. Hunger will persist until charities begin to identify and address the root causes of the greater problem.
Nonprofits are increasingly recognizing the importance of collaboration as they work to achieve their missions. As their supporters, we should encourage them to find partners in their work and celebrate their successes.
Read the full article about collaboration is key to nonprofit success by Ashley Post at Charity Navigator.
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