To learn more about sustained collaboration resources, please visit the following organizations:
SeaChange Capital Partners
In late 2009, Lodestar entered into a partnership withSeaChange Capital Partnersto jointly support nonprofit collaborations throughout the country. In furtherance of that effort, the partners established the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaborationto support collaborations. With the belief that collaboration can be a valuable capacity-building tool for nonprofit organizations to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability with which they pursue their missions, the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund’s mission is to encourage and support mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures, and other types of formal, long-term collaboration among nonprofit organizations.
In 2010, The Lodestar Foundation entered into a partnership with The Foundation Center (now Candid) to create and maintain a broad-based database of nonprofit collaborations, searchable by a wide variety of categories and characteristics. The Collaboration Hub, created in June 2010, provides inspirational and instructive models of collaboration for the sector. The database initially was populated by applications received by The Lodestar Foundation in connection with a project to collect models pursuant to a national contest entitled The Collaboration Prize. Additional models continue to be added to the database by application to Candid.
La Piana Consulting
Founded in 1998 by David La Piana with support from three major funders, La Piana Consultingsought to create a new resource for collaboration and strategic restructuring in the nonprofit sector by launching Strategic Solutions, a five-year research and field-building project that birthed the firm and continues to inform their work today. La Piana Consulting helps both nonprofits and foundations to leverage organizational strategy, structure, and culture to advance their missions. They are a recognized leader in the field of nonprofit strategic restructuring and collaboration, providing consulting expertise to assist nonprofits with accelerating their efficacy.
The Sustained Collaboration Network
Across the United States, funders have come together to offer the strategic option of sustained collaboration as a way to strengthen capacity and maximize impact in the sector. Each community-based funder collaborative in The Sustained Collaboration Networksupports enduring nonprofit collaborations around the country. The funds offer exploratory and implementation support to nonprofits interested in entering into a sustained collaboration.
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