More about Collaboration
Collaboration occurs when organizations and individuals make a commitment to work together and contribute resources and expertise to achieve a common, long-term goal. There are a many reasons to collaborate, but they can be boiled down to just a few: 1. To share resources, expertise, and connections, 2. To build upon existing strengths, and 3. To reach new audiences.
Communities face a variety of challenging and complex problems that can be addressed through collaborative public, private, and nonprofit partnerships. Many of these challenges simply cannot be addressed effectively by one organization acting alone, and require the diverse resources and expertise of government agencies, community-based organizations, state and national organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals. When surveying case studies of local communities who have successfully addressed complex problems, collaborative strategic partnerships are almost always a key ingredient in these success stories. Partnerships can ultimately improve the health and welfare of children, families, and communities.