The Importance of Strategic Partnerships In A Nonprofit Organization – Growth and Sustainability

In 2010, I expanded my nonprofit Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link (SEM Link) to a national nonprofit organization by relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the organization’s inception in 2005, we have developed a strong program structure that has enhanced the math and science educational experiences for over 1000 Metropolitan Atlanta youth. I realized that our organization was introducing math and science to students and providing resources for educators and parents in a unique and innovative way; therefore it was time for the expansion of our programs. While looking at other nonprofits organizations that have been around for several decades had a national presence and strong strategic partnerships. I wanted to model my organization after those successful organization so that we can achieve our vision of “unveiling potential for exposure” for more students around the country.

When starting a nonprofit organization there are many steps that go into turning the idea into a business and developing operational and program structure. Developing strategic partnerships is the last thing on your mind, you just want to get the organization up and running based on your business plan and your vision. However, once the nonprofit is operating and you’ve accomplished most of the things in your initial business plan, it is time to think about growth and sustainability. In the first 5 years of a nonprofit organization’s existence, you are just trying to get resources to implement your programs and develop your brand. The partnerships you establish aren’t strategic because you align yourself with anyone that is willing to take a chance on a new nonprofit organization. You don’t always pick organizations or corporations that allow you to stay true to your mission or achieve the goals for establishing the particular partnership. But after a few years and successful programs under the organization’s belt, one’s brand has been developed and you can put more thought into your partnerships. You realize that your partnerships are key to taking your organization to the next level, from a start up to sustainable organization.

Strategic partnerships are called that because of the planning that goes into identifying and developing those relationships. The strategic part of establishing partnerships is analyzing your brand, your goals and your current resources; then finding organizations that will allow you to get the things that you need in order to take your organization to the next level. But partnerships are about what you can bring to another organization to help them with their brand, achieving their goals and enhancing the resources available to them in order to help them achieve their goals. A great partnership allows both organizations to do that and is a win-win for both. A nonprofit strategic partnerships should be established are with community organizations, corporations, academic institutions and government agencies,each of which have their specific role in helping a nonprofit organization achieve its mission.

Corporate partners are important because corporations, government agencies and colleges and universities provide valuable resources for nonprofit organizations. Corporate partnerships provide resources such as volunteers, in kind service and good donations and financial contributions, that are critical for program implementation. Colleges and universities provide a special resource for youth serving organizations because it provides volunteers closer to the student you serve to provide role models for college preparation and career exploration. In addition, hosting events on college campus provides students with an opportunity to visit a college campus, which not every student has an opportunity to do. The right corporate partners not only provide resources for your organization, but can help the organization build its reputation to get additional resources. I’ve personally experienced with my nonprofit establishing a new corporate partnership with a company because of the companies that were our existing corporate partners. Corporate partnerships aren’t limited to large corporations; small and medium sized businesses make great corporate partners as well.

Nonprofits provide their corporate partners with an opportunity to implement their corporate social responsibility plan in its community. They provide an opportunity for its employees to give back to their community by volunteering. There are many consulting firms that volunteer their employees expertise to provide nonprofit organizations with service such as public relations, marketing plans and other services that they could not afford. Nonprofit organizations also provide corporations with an opportunity get tax write off when they make financial contributions to the organization. The final thing that nonprofits provide corporations that they partner with marketing and advertising opportunities; most nonprofits list their corporate partners on their website and other promotional materials

The key to nonprofits establishing strategic corporate partnerships is having the infrastructure to attract and maintain these relationships. The first step in this infrastructure is to have a message that informs corporations of who you are, what you do as organization and how they can help. Corporations have various resources and interests, so be sure to give corporations options when asking for their help. For example, when asking for a financial contribution have various levels for receiving donation with each level having rewards based on the amount of the contribution. The rewards for financial contribution should not be equal, the more a corporation gives the more rewards they should receive for their contribution. In addition, do you research when soliciting corporate partnerships, don’t approach any organization that doesn’t historically support initiatives that are related to the mission of your organization. Also know how an organization provides support, there are some corporations that will never make a financial contribution, but will provide in kind service or good donation that are just valuable as a financial contribution to your organization.

The second type of strategic partnerships that are important to growth and sustainability are community partnerships. Community partnerships are relationships with other nonprofit organizations that provide an opportunity to enhance your programs. There are two type of community partnerships, complementary and cross promotional. Complementary community partnerships are those organizations that allow you to directly implement your programs. You and a complementary partners may establish a relationship because one of your offers a program that one of you all need to enhance your programs. For example being a math and science educational organization, SEM Link has established programs with organizations that have after-school programs for youth in order for those organizations to add math and science to their programs. A complementary partnership, may be an organization that you both offer similar programs, but you want to collaborate to combine your resources to increase the impact of both organizations.

Cross promotional community partnerships with other nonprofit organizations provide an opportunity for both organizations to increase the awareness of their organizations through the relationships. There may not an opportunity for these organizations to collaborate on programs, but they can pool resources that will both organizations to grow because they are in the same sector and serve the same target audience. This relationships allows both organizations to promote their brand and possibly increase participation in their programs. For example, SEM Link is currently establishing a relationship with an online community for high school students. This relationship won’t allow us to offer programs, however high school students will be aware of our organizations and we can promote our programs for high school students on this online community. In return, we will provide the organization with math and science educational content and help create a segment in the online community for students that have an interest in math and science.

They key to establishing strategic community partnerships is ensuring that it is a win-win for both organizations. If the partnership will not help build both brands, enhance organization’s programs, increase the organizations outreach to its target market it, it isn’t a good partnership. The key to a successful partnership is that both organizations benefit. There are times, especially with smaller nonprofits, when you will enter partnerships with an organization and there isn’t as much benefit as you thought it would be by aligning your organization with that organization. Another tip is when establishing partnerships, you must go into the negotiations knowing what your needs are from and what you can give to another organization. Once that is established, it is important to establish a partnership in writing by developing a partnership agreement. It is good idea for an attorney to draft a general partnership agreement for you, that you can adapt and adjust for each partnership. Finally, ensure that you advertise that relationship by writing a press release when it is established as well as list that partnership on your website and other promotional materials.

In this country, there are plenty of nonprofits that are doing great work. However, they aren’t serving as many clients as they can because they aren’t as diligent as they should be with establishing partnerships. Therefore many of them are reducing their program offering or closing their doors, when they are meeting such a great need in the community. There is no organization that will be able to survive if they try to achieve their mission without establishing partnerships. Partnerships provide resources and relationships that allow one’s organization to achieve its mission. As you think about your organization, what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve that mission for years to come, you must think about how can I get all the resources that I need. If you want your organization to be sustainable and be able to handle the growth that comes when you successfully implement your programs and marketing and public relationships strategy; you must think about partnerships. The more strategic you are about establishing corporate and community partnership; you put your nonprofit organization in a position to not only survive but thrive.

Benefits of Hiring an International Educational Consultancy

Educational consultants are experts who provide individual guidance to students in their search for the perfect college, and help them with applications, scholarships and the entire process of college admissions. These consultants study the admission processes of colleges and universities, and gain knowledge about the basic minimum requirements to determine the simplest processes of gaining admission. They interact with admissions officers in various colleges to ensure that they have current knowledge of any changes that take place on campuses. They provide reliable information and educational planning for the student’s career. They also give advice to students and counsel them about the best course that would be optimally suited to their talents and inclination.

A high quality international education consultant is needed for achieving and developing international student enrollments. These consultants organize education consultancy fairs and exhibitions to set up an environment for a meeting between consultants and students. They offer programs for personality enhancement which is aimed at developing personality of participants including communication skills, leadership skills, presentation skills etc. By working closely with the students, the consultant develops an understanding of their capabilities, requirements and placements needs.

Educational consultants assist the students in applying for financial loans or arranging the necessary funding. Students need help in arranging well organized financial documents within the given time and in the required format. It is the responsibility of an education consultant to plan and assist students and educational organizations with the best educational planning methods. They help in choosing the most suitable institution, arrange accommodation facility and also book air tickets. Thus we can see that international consultants are a one stop shop catering to all the requirements of the student till they are safely ensconced in their preferred destination. Through specific training, the students are able to sharpen their skills and meet the minimum requirements for successful admissions. They prepare a systematic progress report on each and every student and inform their progress to the parents. International education guide and organizations also offer personality development programs that help the students to sail successfully through campus interviews, internship and personal interviews

Stay Current With Nursing Continuing Education Online Courses

For nurses who are interested in expanding their present medical skills, nursing continuing education online courses may be the perfect solution. Many accredited universities, colleges, and CE organizations offer a wide range of online nursing continuing education courses as part of their Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs.

The Benefits of Online Nursing Continuing Education Courses

For many nurses online continuing education courses offer the best of all worlds, such as;

* Allowing for continued employment while taking classes,

* Providing flexibility to complete courses at your own pace;

* Allowing you to schedule study time around a hectic lifestyle, and

* Saving driving time and transportation expenses.

The common goal of any nursing continuing education course is to provide the skills and knowledge to maintain a level of competency consistent with the latest medical developments and procedures. These online courses are one of the most convenient and effective ways to achieve this goal.

Nursing Continuing Education Online Courses For Professional Development

By honing and expanding their present nursing skills, nurses can broaden their knowledge and abilities in the ever-changing health care field. The online continuing education courses provide nursing professionals with the opportunity to advance their career goals within their profession. It is a well known fact that many specialized nursing fields are open only to those who have the proper training and skills, and this is where online continuing education can make a difference.

The nursing continuing education online courses can also satisfy the mandatory CE requirements for license renewal and certification. Though these requirements can vary from state to state, most certification boards or state nursing boards require some sort of ongoing training to stay current on the latest medical procedures and methods.

Another benefit of these online courses is that they can help nursing professionals earn continuing nursing education contact hours for lifelong learning.

The Importance of Accreditation

Nurses searching for continuing education courses online should make sure that the organization providing the training is accredited, as well as the courses they offer. Courses and organizations that are not accredited can be a horrible waste of your time and money. Do your research before making any deposits or payments.

Continuing Education Online Makes Sense

Many nursing continuing education online courses are available, which makes obtaining CEUs much easier for nursing professionals. A money-saving tip for those that belong to professional nursing organizations or associations is to check for free nurse continuing education online courses as a member benefit. The price is right and the selection of courses is generally broad.

And don’t worry about the technical requirements needed for most online nursing courses. They are generally minimal; with a standard personal computer, internet connection and basic software, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, being all you need.

So, if online continuing education nursing courses sound right for you, why not call the CEU contact at the online nursing continuing education organization of your choice to obtain a course catalog and verify that the organization and courses are accredited. You will have just taken the first step toward improving your nursing career, your life, and your future!

Overview of the Ministry of Education

The MoE is New Zealand’s main state education organization.

Originally there was a huge state department covering all aspects of educations, aptly named The Department of Education. This DoE was disbanded in 1989 and converted into more specialized organizations.

The Ministry of Education does not teach per say but tries to set education standards in New Zealand as well as develop and expand policies.

The ministry offers many services to education providers, parents and the government.

They offer a wide range of services as well as information. Some of areas are listed below;

Help for Education Organization

They get involved with education organizations to help ensure they are following the teaching guidelines and policies.

They also provide support to these organizations to make sure they have all the information they need to provide a quality teaching experience to their students.

Helping Parents

They also do a great job helping parents directly.

They help the parents make the right decision regarding which education organization is right for them and showing them all their options to help them make an informed decision when it comes to educating their child.

Researching Education

They also are very much involved with researching the current and future state of education systems in New Zealand. They can use this research to better help them make the right policy decisions and other aspects of education leadership.

Developing Policies

Another responsibility of the ministry is to develop policies for the education systems in New Zealand. The aim of these policies is to help raise the standards of education.

Resources for Teachers

They also provide an immense offline and online research resource for teachers. The teachers can refer to this information resource to ensure they are following the correct standards of education, ways to determining their progress as a teacher and learning about how they can further themselves by taking part in advanced scholarships.

Providing Help for Students

They also help students directly especially for students with special learning needs. This can be a great help to the student who is having problems keeping up or following a particular education program.

As well as the areas listed above they also offer a number of useful resources online including a directory listing of early childhood education and childcare providers.

This is useful for parents as they can choose a certain location (region and city) and the type of service they are looking for (playcentres, casual education providers etc) and it will show them a list of providers in that area.