Collaboration Roadmap

Potential is unleashed when organizations come together

Your Collaboration Journey

Our roadmap to collaboration is designed to guide you through every step, ensuring a seamless and rewarding partnership experience. From initial conversation to exploring common goals and values to reaching a board resolution, this framework of steps helps keep the project moving and aligned.

When an executive transition is on the horizon, executives and boards often find it easier to consider the possibilities of a strategic alliance or restructuring openly.
Closing down an organization or program requires tough decisions about services, personnel, and — most importantly — the communities and people served.
Boards and leaders are smart to consider whether a strategic partnership with another organization could support those efforts and unlock even greater potential for impact.
Strategy and planning is about determining what’s most important for your organization to do and then figuring out how best to get those things done.
Adapting to change is constant, and some instances require board-level thinking about how your organization may need to adjust or change to serve your core purpose best.
Starting a nonprofit is a major endeavor that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before you assume that a new organization is the best way to get a great idea or program, consider how you could partner with an existing organization.
High-impact nonprofits do not go it alone. They work with and through other organizations to create more impact than they can achieve independently.
The Merger and Alliance Toolkit offers practical guidance and concrete methods for assessing collaborative opportunities, negotiating agreements, implementing partnerships, and integrating systems and structures as needed to pursue a common mission.
The Organizational Mapping Tool (OMT) is an open-source organizational assessment tool that is designed to help nonprofits identify and prioritize their organizational strengthening needs.
Organizations that can clearly and accurately articulate their financial story and resource needs are better positioned to make a strong case for support.
The Lifecycles model provides the guidance and structure nonprofits need to realize their missions with clarity and sustainability. When nonprofits succeed, communities succeed.
The Nonprofit Strategic Restructuring Due Diligence Checklist documents should be exchanged between the parties in a negotiation.
Collaboration describes any number of scenarios in which two or more organizations work together toward a common goal while retaining their own individual structure and decision-making authority.
Instead of founding an organization, could you create social, economic, or environmental impact by collaborating—plugging into another founder’s proven approach and taking it to scale?
SCN has vetted the following technical assistance providers and is happy to recommend them here for their experience working in sustained collaborations.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is a written agreement, usually simpler and less formal than a legal contract, which outlines an agreement between parties.