In Forces for Good, Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant discuss the top six practices of high-impact nonprofit organizations. Their findings were the result of a two-year study.
One of the six practices of high-impact nonprofit organizations is collaboration with other nonprofits. Viewing other nonprofit organizations as the competition to work against can be harmful to being the most effective. The study found that high-impact nonprofits build nonprofit networks and help the competition to succeed.
Collaboration is a key ingredient to maximizing the impact of your nonprofit organization. That should be a huge incentive to start building your network.
Do you want an additional incentive?
The Lodestar Foundation has just launched a competition called The Collaboration Prize. A $250,000 award will be presented to the collaboration that best puts cooperation above competition.
If you have a collaboration that should be considered for the award, go to http://www.thecollaborationprize.org for all of the competition details.
What nonprofit organizations do you currently consider your competition that you should start working with?