• DATE January 7, 2013
  • URL oneinstitute.com/tile/come-together/

Come Together

Why foundations and nonprofits need to collaborate

Foundations should have a vested interest in the accountability, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organizations they support. And the more both entities can collaborate, the better. A key indicator of an organization’s health, after all, is a willingness to collaborate with others for the greatest impact.

“Foundation effectiveness is a joint accomplishment of foundations and the organizations they support,” write the authors of a booklet from the Aspen Institute. “Foundations therefore have a deep stake not only in their own effectiveness as organizations, but also in the effectiveness and capacity of these organizations, a stake that they need to recognize in their grantmaking and related activities.”

At the end of the day, foundations and nonprofits should see themselves as allies, not foes.