Blessed is the person who sees the need, recognizes the responsibility, and actively becomes the answer.
– William Arthur Ward
Collaborate: work together, join forces, team up, work in partnership, act as a team, cooperate with each other . . .
Is collaboration the next big thing? Or is it at least a damn good idea, you go first . . .
Let’s look at collaboration from a non-profit point of view but before I give my point of view let’s set one ground rule, being a non-profit for a worthy cause and providing a service for those ‘in need’ is light years ahead and different from ‘we can’t make any money offering a product, service or notion that really does nobody any good but it beats working for a living’.
Imagine if non-profit(s) that serve a community, I’ll use Down syndrome as my example, and there are several that do some things very good and serve their community very well. But, these organizations are spread out all over town, tend to lose members as the members age and are fighting for their financial lives because funding, grants and donations just ain’t what they used to be.
Now imagine if these organizations found a facility that provided space for office use and all that entails in operating a ‘business’ and the facility also provided space for activities such as therapy, meetings, conferences, education, volunteering, employment, family support, a source of information for medical and educational organizations.
The collaborating non-profits are not ‘pooling their money’ from donors nor are they jeopardizing immediate or future donations or grants. It could possibly be that they are ‘portraying a unified effort’ to maximize and improve the services they already provide and quite possibly allow themselves the opportunity to grow and offer services to more people and families that fit their demographic and are ‘in need’ and ‘living life in the margin’.
Life in the margin: not enough time in the day to drive all day to get every ‘service’ that might help my son or daughter have a better quality of life. So instead we stay home and die one day at a time silently.
If you are a donor, would organizations that present themselves as ‘unified’ or ‘collaborating’ earn more or less of your available and valuable ‘donations or grants’. Would it make you feel better if you could see that ‘together’ the organizations are seeking ways to expand, improve and grow so that more individuals and families in need, lived better as a result of your financial contribution?
I’m just thinking out loud, on and for a purpose and seeking collaborators . . . jump in the waters fine and I welcome you with an open mind and grateful heart. firstname.lastname@example.org