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  • Summary - Partnerships: Frameworks for Working Together
    capacity of participating organizations Thank you for taking the time to learn about Partnerships Frameworks for Working Together Preparation and sustained effort allow partnerships to evolve Deciding on and developing a successful partnership involves a great deal of thought planning and coordinated effort In the beginning it s important to consult with all relevant stakeholders to establish a clear need for the partnership If setting up a partnership makes sense determine what type of partnership is needed and ensure that there s commitment from the senior management of all partner organizations Identify the members shared vision and goals and then develop a document that outlines the terms of the partnership Set up mechanisms for maintaining and monitoring the partnership as it evolves Recognize that there will be successes as well as challenges and that the partnership will have its own life cycle Here are some additional resources on creating and maintaining partnerships Community Partnerships A Sustainable Resource for Nongovernmental Organizations by Mark Tranel and Kay Gasen http www Federalreserve gov communityaffairs national CA Conf SusCommDev pdf tranelmark pdf This is an article produced by the Public Policy Research Center of the University of Misssouri on the emergence and benefits of

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  • Establishing Community Partnerships
    growth and collaboration in the communities in which they operate Two organizations have applied this practice to build community partnerships The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council and Southwest Georgia United SWGAU are two nonprofits that incorporate community involvement to strengthen their organizations You can adapt their methods for your own organization regardless of whether you are part of an intermediary or a nonprofit The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council encourages the nonprofits it serves to join local interagency councils to foster cooperation and collaboration Interagency councils typically act as forums in which members share resources collaborate and receive professional development The councils attempt to help nonprofits in capacity building and they encourage and reinforce the community s existing strengths SWGAU partners with two local Family Connection Agencies to provide nonprofits with effective and thorough training and technical assistance These two agencies the Crisp County Community Council CCCC and the Dooly County Community Enrichment Coalition DCCEC provide a cohesive system of care around services for children and families by hosting meetings where organizations discuss collaborating services needs and new programs Nonprofits continue to meet with family connection agencies in their county after the completion of SWGAU s TTA services To learn more about ways to encourage community partnerships and to read additional examples of how these organizations implement them click the icon to the right CHAPTER 2 In Focus Promoting Networking Among Nonprofits In this practice intermediary organizations encourage nonprofits to develop meaningful connections with peers This is similar to the first practice except instead of connecting with communities nonprofits connect with each other to foster sustainable partnerships and collaborative relationships This practice can lead to improved participant reactions to training and technical assistance activities Practice review peer networking among nonprofits helps sustain organizational growth Informal relationships among nonprofits can help promote collaboration resource sharing and the development of sustainable business relationships Intermediaries can promote these peer collaborations through formal networking opportunities at in person training events peer mentoring programs and the utilization of project management tools that promote resource sharing Consider these suggestions for implementing peer networking One way to implement peer networking is to match nonprofits with more experienced mentor organizations The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council for example matches nonprofits with larger more experienced groups Mentoring organizations are required to sign an agreement regarding the number of hours set aside to work with their nonprofit mentees KRFDC hopes these informal peer mentoring relationships will continue beyond the life of the TTA services and result in potential subcontracting agreements between mentor and mentee organizations Another suggestion is to encourage peer to peer learning through training and workshops The Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services or SENetwork has hosted retreats midway through a project with a nonprofit The retreats focus on networking peer learning interactions and developing collaborative relationships to help nonprofits reach their capacity building goals Additionally when developing new training SENetwork searches for subject matter expertise within its own member base before looking to contract with outside

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  • Interactivites
    icons to see material from each chapter come alive If something seems unfamiliar or if an activity is really tough to get through click the chapter title on the tabs above for additional instruction Overview None In Focus Promoting Community Involvement Implementing the practice of promoting community involvement Implementing the practice of promoting community involvement Click the links to download Create a Shared Work Plan doc and Joining Interagency Organizations

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  • Interactivites
    pressing the Pause button on the bottom left of the player The buttons at the bottom right of the player allow you to control the volume and shift the video to full screen On Screen Text Below the player you will find on screen text This includes the detailed information you will need to know in order to meet learning objectives for the lesson Icons Next to the on screen

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  • Overview - Establishing Community Partnerships
    of these practices identify resources to help your organization implement these practices and apply the practices to training and technical assistance for the nonprofits you serve Effective TTA helps nonprofits expand their reach Proper training and technical assistance TTA helps small well intentioned nonprofit organizations gain the skills and knowledge necessary to build their own capacity and improve efficiency effectiveness and overall reach in the communities they serve This lesson

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  • 1 - In Focus: Promoting Community Involvement - Establishing Community Partnerships
    it is often difficult to assess whether nonprofits will be able to sustain continued improvements and growth in their organizational capacity Increased involvement within the community through local interagency groups membership organizations and ties to a community wide strategic plan can help support organizations through the transition out of the project and promote continued growth and collaboration in the communities in which they operate Two organizations have applied this practice to build community partnerships The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council and Southwest Georgia United SWGAU are two nonprofits that incorporate community involvement to strengthen their organizations You can adapt their methods for your own organization regardless of whether you are part of an intermediary or a nonprofit The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council encourages the nonprofits it serves to join local interagency councils to foster cooperation and collaboration Interagency councils typically act as forums in which members share resources collaborate and receive professional development The councils attempt to help nonprofits in capacity building and they encourage and reinforce the community s existing strengths SWGAU partners with two local Family Connection Agencies to provide nonprofits with effective and thorough training and technical assistance These two agencies the Crisp County Community Council

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  • 2 - In Focus: Promoting Networking Among Nonprofits - Establishing Community Partnerships
    helps sustain organizational growth Informal relationships among nonprofits can help promote collaboration resource sharing and the development of sustainable business relationships Intermediaries can promote these peer collaborations through formal networking opportunities at in person training events peer mentoring programs and the utilization of project management tools that promote resource sharing Consider these suggestions for implementing peer networking One way to implement peer networking is to match nonprofits with more experienced mentor organizations The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council for example matches nonprofits with larger more experienced groups Mentoring organizations are required to sign an agreement regarding the number of hours set aside to work with their nonprofit mentees KRFDC hopes these informal peer mentoring relationships will continue beyond the life of the TTA services and result in potential subcontracting agreements between mentor and mentee organizations Another suggestion is to encourage peer to peer learning through training and workshops The Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services or SENetwork has hosted retreats midway through a project with a nonprofit The retreats focus on networking peer learning interactions and developing collaborative relationships to help nonprofits reach their capacity building goals Additionally when developing new training SENetwork searches for subject matter expertise within

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  • Summary - Establishing Community Partnerships
    the community can connect the organization more deeply to the area it serves while simultaneously strengthening its reach and capacity The same applies to partnerships among nonprofit peers Understanding the importance of these relationships can help you as an intermediary better serve nonprofits Thank you for learning more about establishing community partnerships Based on this lesson s content you should now be better equipped to Explain the importance of promoting community involvement and promoting networking among nonprofits Identify resources to help your organization implement these practices and Apply the practices to training and technical assistance for the nonprofits with whom you work Consult these references for additional resources on community partnerships The National Council of Nonprofits www councilofnonprofits org As the nation s largest nonprofit network the National Council of Nonprofits aims to help nonprofits manage and lead more effectively collaborate and exchange solutions engage in policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector and achieve greater impact within the community The National Council of Nonprofits operates state level associations throughout the nation BVU www businessvolunteers org BVU is a nonprofit organization that links businesses and nonprofits to strengthen and build capacity in nonprofits enabling organizations to address important community issues To

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