Collaboration may feel like a code word for “merger”, but that’s not the case. Collaborations and partnerships come in many forms. Information sharing, shared grant writing, shared office space and administrative resources, joint programming ventures, organizations advocating together, and even mergers of two or more organizations are just some examples. While collaboration is something that may bring joy to the collaborators and new revenues to the nonprofit involved, it can also spell disaster for a nonprofit. Failed collaborations can affect the ability of the nonprofit to operate effectively in the long run or exhaust the valuable resources of the nonprofit that are needed for mission-critical activities.
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