Starting The Conversation, Dewey & KayePresentation Transcript
NONPROFIT COLLABORATION:STARTING THE CONVERSATIONKate DEWEYKate SPHAR AUGUST 30, 2011
Types of Collaboration/Shared Services Collaboration – Administrative or programmatic Administrative consolidation/ shared services – Finance & accounting, human resources, IT, etc. Management service organization – Creation of a new entity Organizational integration – mergers, subsidiary relationships, etc.; when both programs and cultures are highly compatible
The Collaborative Process
How to Start the Conversation With Your Board Chair? With Your Board? With Your Management Team?
Shortcuts to Avoid Abbreviating the process because you think you have found “the one” Skimping on outside experts (legal, financial, facilitation) Forgetting the importance of your communication strategy (internal and external)
Reminders Put your assumptions about what you hope you achieve through an alliance down on paper Be honest about your organizations assets and liabilities Address the tough issues as they surface Make sure your assumptions are shared by your board Plan for the heavy lifting during the exploration and implementation For every month you explore it takes two months to implement