I’m very excited about working with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego Chapter. Over the weekend during Professional Development meeting we got into a “brainstorming dialog” regarding ways to build more dialog between the nonprofit groups. We were talking about how often three non-profit organization are working toward similar goals and don’t share resources. We tried to count how many times there may have been a outreach opportunity smothered due to lack of resources or fragmented audiences.
After some discussion a mango smoothie and double chocolate brownie we came up with a couple strategies to encourage more collaboration in our San Diego Non Profit Community.
- Talk about Collaboration. Some times the best way to obtain collaboration is to start talking about it. Talk about what your organization is doing. Have a conversation even if doesn’t directly lead to a co-sponsored program. You love your organization and should feel empowered to talk about what you are doing and actively seek to resource share.
- Create a Community meeting place. I really like the idea of The Hub it is a space for collaboration. Sure there are workshops for Grant writing, individual networking events but how often do organizations get to sit next to each other during the development stage of a project? Many times similar organizations are competing for same sphere of grants, volunteers, resources etc. Isn’t reach and impact most important?
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