Collaboration: Is It Right For Your Nonprofit?

Level III
Instructor: Julia Patrick

Collaboration: Is It Right For Your Nonprofit?

COURSE # 30118215  Funders and Grantors are demanding nonprofits collaborate in funding applications.  However, does the process of collaborating with another organization always works?  How do nonprofits organize programming in response to funding applications?  While the funding opportunities may seem optimal, can nonprofits truly work together without tremendous risk and ultimate failure?

American Nonprofit Academy Found and CEO, Julia C. Patrick, examines the issues surrounding this major trend.  The course also includes the Collaborative Asset Values Worksheet.  This unique and critical assessment allows nonprofits to honestly examine the value of their resources before entering into structured collaborations.

In this course learn:

  • Who the main 4 players are in the push for collaboration
  • The process of MOU - Memo of Understanding
  • Timeframe and cost of preparing a legal MOU document
  • Why internal job descriptions are critical for performance
  • How to predetermine issues of process and expectation
  • How to engage your BOD
  • Where risks of collaboration may occur
  • The assets that your nonprofit brings to the table without knowing it and how they can be valued
  • How to communicate the opportunities of collaboration in your community
  • How to determine leadership in the management of a collaborative effort
  • What to do when expectations are not met

Julia Patrick
Julia Patrick
Founder / CEO American Nonprofit Academy

About The Instructor

“I marvel at the spirit of philanthropy and the can-do attitude of nonprofits,” says Julia C. Patrick.  As the Founder of the American Nonprofit Academy, Patrick see the passion and dedication of service organizations daily.  A multi-generational philanthropist, Board Member and volunteer, the CEO has been involved with community service since childhood. 

Patrick, a native of Phoenix, Arizona has served on culture, education and social service Boards.  She has worked with more than 500 nonprofit organizations during her career.  Prior to establishing the American Nonprofit Academy, Patrick published award-winning niche publications such as The Arts and Crafts Chronicle, The Wedding Chronicle, Food & Flourish and Frontdoors News over a 25 year span.  Patrick’s work with nonprofits in media led her to realize these organizations were desperate for cost effective training and topic-specific education.

The process of philanthropy is a constant in communities across America, but it’s a changing sector.  “Benevolence is no longer the only reason for giving.  Donors are expecting more, demanding measurements and seeking solutions,” explains Patrick.  “Today’s nonprofits need to operate from a place of passion and accomplish their missions using all the business tools of a professional organization.”

This is where the American Nonprofit Academy comes in.  Using engaging panel discussions, lectures, on-line courses, workshops and webinars with highly respected experts, Patrick and her team have developed innovative low-cost programs focused on educating nonprofits.  “Our goal is to help nonprofits achieve their mission, vision and values,” adds Patrick.  This includes working with nonprofit leadership level professionals, volunteers, donors and Board Members.  “As organizations search for innovations and solutions, our curriculum continues to expand.”

Course Contents

3 Videos
1.0 hr

Course Curriculum

Collaboration: Is It Right For Your Nonprofit? - Chapter 1
Collaboration: Is It Right For Your Nonprofit? - Chapter 2