Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration

Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration

With nonprofits facing increased demand for their services and falling revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for sustained collaboration is growing, a report from the Sustained Collaboration Network argues. The report, Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration (28 pages, PDF), highlights pooled funding models for supporting sustained collaboration — defined as a "continuum of organizational strategies for structured collaboration that represent a long-term and permanent change to the business or operating models of two or more nonprofits" — including mergers, joint ventures, partnerships, co-location, shared staffing, and back-office cooperation. The report also includes case studies of local initiatives in Los Angeles and New York, as well as emerging best practices. According to the report, the most successful collaborations feature elements such as community responsiveness, "patient" capital, neutrality and trust, and third-party technical expertise.