Collaboration Stories

Nonprofit Alliances Are Making a Difference

Game Changers

Our journey is marked by inspiring stories of unity, innovation, and transformation. Each collaboration is a testament to the power of collective action and shared vision. From local grassroots initiatives to large-scale partnerships, our stories highlight the profound impact of sustained collaboration.

  • Asian Youth Center

    Mergers

    Asian Youth Center completed an asset transfer and acquired the Parent and Youth Leadership program. The acquisition allowed them to undergo an essential culture shift towards an empowerment and cultural advocacy focus.  And the Parent and Youth Leadership program expanded, serving more students and families in more schools.

  • Share Food Program and Uplift Solutions

    Mergers

    The asset transfer of Philly Food Rescue from Uplift Solutions to Share Food Program demonstrates the potential positive impacts of this type of strategic realignment. It benefited the community through the expansion of the program. It helped Share Food Program innovate and expand. Uplift Solutions has re-focused on its mission and diversified its revenue streams due to the divestiture.

  • Outreach House

    Mergers

    Two small nonprofits serving the same clients merged to benefit their clients. Through their co-location, Outreach house has dramatically increased both the quality of service and the number of clients they reach. In 2022, they served 3480 unique families (10% increase) in 11949 visits (73% increase).

  • Rebuilding Exchange

    Mergers

    Two medium sized social enterprises that operate at the nexus of environmental sustainability and workforce development merged. The result was a new organization that was more competitive for grants and contracts and a more effective workforce development program.

  • Beyond Foundation

    Mergers

    Beyond Foundation explored a wide range of collaborations to expand its footprint and impact. In the same year, it completed a merger and signed a fiscal sponsorship agreement with two different organizations. Through sustained collaboration, it revitalized its programs and expanded its reach to new stakeholders.

  • Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Staffing

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    Early Childhood and Out of School Time Staffing demonstrates how a shared service model can positively impact an entire community of providers. By identifying and adapting to their partners’ needs, they provide solutions for one of the most challenging problems for early childhood and out-of-school providers: staff retention. Last year, they increased staff retention in providers from 50 to 76%.

  • Kingsley Association

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    Can a tenant-landlord relationship be transformed into something more? The Kingsley Association worked closely with its tenants to create a vibrant community center of organizations working to support each other’s needs.

  • Arts Access

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    Arts Access is a collaborative community-supported journalism project of KERA and The Dallas Morning News. Using planning and implementation funding from The Better Together Fund, the collaboration tells stories focusing on arts access and equity. Analytics demonstrates the reach of this collaboration and they’ve grown the philanthropic pie by encouraging new funders to join the space.

  • DEI for Civic Leaders in Arizona

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    A group of nine leadership programs in Arizona moved from coordinating through quarterly lunches to creating a dynamic collaboration focusing on DEI. The joint DEI curriculum has been offered to over 200 leaders, with favorable evaluations. But more than that, this project has transformed how these leadership programs work together.

  • One Voice for Arts

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    Four small performing arts organizations worked together to create new capacity for corporate partnerships. But the project took much longer than expected, in part because no organization took ownership of the initiative.

  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

    Shared Services/Joint Programs

    Pennsylvania for Modern Courts had a successful legal hotline in Philadelphia that they hoped to replicate in Pittsburgh. However, the hotline didn’t become the collaborative project that was intended. This case highlights that goodwill among partners is not enough to achieve sustainable collaboration; network designs must meet the needs of all the partners to work.

  • Spaces of Opportunity: Empowerment Through Land Cultivation

    Alliances and Networks

    Spaces of Opportunity began as a grassroots network of five organizations working to revitalize a 19-acre vacant lot in South Phoenix. The organizations partnered with the community to create a community hub that includes incubator urban farming businesses, a community gardening project, an outdoor play space, and a vibrant farmers market. This case details the challenges of moving from a successful grassroots network to a more formalized network structure.

  • Philanthropy California

    Alliances and Networks

    Three philanthropy serving organizations in California came together to speak with one voice. As a result, they had greater policy wins in the state, including the formation of a new statewide philanthropy liaison position in the Governor’s office. This collaboration relies on deep trust among leaders of the organizations as they continue to navigate advocacy opportunities.

  • DVBeds

    Alliances and Networks

    DVBEDS is a statewide emergency shelter platform that helps agencies find available beds for domestic violence survivors. This collaboration demonstrates how independent social service agencies, working together, can provide higher quality services and better utilize agencies' capacity to meet their clients' needs. To develop this type of collaboration, agencies must put the client experience at the center of their work.

  • Plunum Health

    Alliances and Networks

    Three federally qualified healthcare centers in the Los Angeles area came together for quality improvement. Through multi-layered collaboration, they now have become an incubator for innovation.

  • Sisters Place

    Alliances and Networks

    Sister’s Place and several collaborative partners received a management grant from the Forbes Fund to learn how to develop a social enterprise. However, two years after the business plan was created, the social enterprise remains a dream. This case demonstrates the types of investments needed for project-based sustained collaboration to become sustainable.

  • Phoenix Youth Arts Collective

    Alliances and Networks

    The Phoenix Youth Arts Collective began as a group of youth performing arts organizations convened by Arizona School for the Arts. Their collaboration evolved as they navigated and created a shared vision of the collaboration and managing COVID-19 in their respective organizations. Although the Collective no longer meets, it yielded a new relationship between three of its members, the Arizona School for the Arts, the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and the Harmony Project.