For Nonprofits

The Network is happy to provide a catalog of resources for nonprofits interested in learning more about sustained collaboration. The following resources describe the continuum of sustained collaborations and include assessments for nonprofits to use to determine readiness.

Tools and Templates


Self-Assessment Considerations

This tool can be used by a nonprofit in the early stages of considering a sustained collaboration to assess its own readiness and reasons for partnering.


Partnership Assessment for Health Nonprofits

This tool, from the Partnership for Healthy Outcomes, helps partner organizations work more effectively to maximize the impact of the partnership.


Questions for Potential Collaboration Partners

These questions are helpful for guiding discussions between a nonprofit and the potential partners being considered for entering a formal collaboration diligence phase.


Diligence Checklist

This checklist, from La Piana Consulting, is a helpful resource of helpful materials for review during a sustained collaboration due diligence process.


Sample Board Resolution – Exploration

This template can be adapted for use between the boards of nonprofits entering exploratory diligence for a sustained collaboration.


Sample Board Resolution – Implementation

This template can be adapted for use between the boards of nonprofits entering into the implementation phase of a formal sustained collaboration.


Sample Memorandum of Understanding

This template can be adapted for use between nonprofits entering the implementation phase of a sustained collaboration.


The Power of Possibility Resources

A good library of additional sustained collaboration resources from BoardSource.

Background Reading

Collaborative Map

Meeting Your Match

The Negotiations Process

Common Issues in the Negotiation Process

News & Events

Nadya K. Shmavonian, Director of the Greater Philadelphia Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, was a panelist in BoardSource’s “Mergers and Dissolutions” webinar on April 28, 2020.

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Event Description: As we end April and begin another month of navigating through the COVID crisis, many nonprofit leaders have seen the need to take decisive — and often difficult…

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