Steps to forming a non-profit alliance

Written By Steps To Faculty Published June 22nd, 2010

A non-profit alliance is simply a conglomerate of different individual non-profit organizations, usually of 501(c) (3) status, that combine resources to improve a specific community or cause. Even if your business is not a formally recognized non-profit, you can still engage in a non-profit alliance with such organizations. If you are a non-profit organization, then by forging an alliance with other non-profits in your area can increase your money flow, attract more grants, and streamline operations without losing employees. Here’s how.

Step 1 Assess your mission

If you are a non-profit manager, what is the ultimate mission of your organization? Is it to feed the hungry? If so, how many specific individuals will benefit from your program in the next 30 days? How much will it cost to do so? Determine the specific mission statement and then compare it with other non-profit organizations in your locale.

Step 2 Talk to other non-profit organizations

Set up meetings with other local non-profits and find out how they manage their operations. What similarities does your organization have in common with theirs? By determining how much overlap the two organizations have, the easier it will be to form an alliance.

Step 3 Form an alliance

Visit nonprofit.org to find out about the necessary paperwork to form a partial alliance in your state. If no action is required, then work with the other chosen organization to find a common ground to establish a new mission. What will the alliance accomplish in the community? How will each organization contribute to this newly formed mission? These are some of the issues that need to be addressed before proceeding any further.

Step 4 Put resources together

Lay out the foundation to form an alliance. Pool together your resources. For example, if you combine your marketing monies with seven other non-profits, then as a conglomerate you have more money to advertise in your community. Find areas that each separate organization can do and find ways to fulfill the newly devised mission based on these skills.

Step 5 Spread around the word

Tell people in the community about the alliance and find ways to help. Remember the mission and execute it.

By forming an alliance, everyone benefits.


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