Introduction

This toolkit has been developed to provide a comprehensive guide to developing partnerships.

The toolkit is divided into 7 parts including:

  • Introduction
  • A guide to forming partnerships
  • Establishing communication norms
  • Developing work plans and activities,
  • Evaluating the partnership.
  • In addition, there are sub-sections on overcoming challenges in your partnership and planning for equity and inclusion within the partnership framework.

Collective impact is an extension of the partnership principles that provides a framework for large scale partnerships that are focused on systemic change. Collective impact has its own set of guidelines that fit within the overall partnership framework. Within each segment, you will find an additional page link for information and tools specific to the collective impact model.

You will find additional readings and resources interspersed throughout the guide. These resources will help you expand on the partnership principles. In addition, many tools will provide you with resources to help you in developing effective partnerships.

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Real-World Partnerships: An Introduction

This section will evaluate some real-world partnerships and will discuss how they use the partnership process to further their mission. The organizations we are looking at are both smaller non-profits with educational initiatives designed to reach homeless families and foster youth. They both have a current reach of 100-200 individuals and families yearly.

Hope & A Future is a faith-based non-profit organization focused on supporting youth in foster care and helping them to overcome the many challenges they face to launching successfully into adulthood. Services they provide include summer camps, monthly life skills coaching, mentoring, and tutoring services. They use a variety of public and private partnerships to complete their mission.

House of Refuge is a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to homeless families so they can get on their feet. Families entering the program are provided a small home to live in and coordinated services to meet the family’s basic needs of food, shelter, & healthcare. The site includes access to an education and employment services program that assists adult members with furthering their skills for the workforce, finding work, and improving employment outlook to facilitate graduation from the program. Youth program members are provided tutoring and homework help services, as well as, various activities to support healthy families.