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Strategic Alliance Anyone?

Nonprofit organizations find themselves strapped for cash during slow months. And with the current economic environment: slow years. Community benefit organizations try to operate on the narrowest of margins.  They impair their capacity to deliver mission by cutting salaries, benefits, programs, training of staff, training of board.  And with the continued cuts in discretionary spending on the federal level, and the concomitant trickle down effect to State and local level, everyone will struggle to do more with less.

Now is the time to consider strategic alliance with other community benefit organizations in the same vicinity.  Sharing office space. Sharing bookkeeping service. Jointly retaining public relations, communications, web design help to take advantage of discount.  And for those still able to offer staff health benefits, forming a legal partnership to enlarge the group and get some savings on health insurance premiums.

There are ways to do this; and there are capable firms who can work with you to price these joint services.  And folks like me that can help you negotiate with fellow nonprofits to make the deal.  Getting appropriate legal counsel at the right time.

Here’s a reference of an initiative in Massachusetts by The Boston Foundation and partner organizations, providing incentives to do this strategic alliance work:  http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=308900014.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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