The Ultimate Guide to Community Partnerships

Strong community partnerships provide an added value to your organization's success. Partnering with businesses or other large organizations can lend greater credibility to your organization in addition to providing you with support for your efforts. Remember, there is strength in numbers. Partnering with others can also provide you with access to additional financial and supplement resources. After reading this post, you will:

  • Gain an understanding the importance of cultivating partnership

  • Learn the challenges of partnerships

Importance of Cultivating Partnerships

Partnerships are an important component of community advocacy efforts. Partners can enhance community engagement in projects, increase community awareness of the issues being addressed, and establish a framework for the continued support of services that support the well-being of youth in a community. - American Academy of Pediatrics

Partnerships will help:

  • Multiply the power of advocacy efforts and build strength in numbers.

  • Create alliances and coalitions involved to accomplish your advocacy goal.

  • Increase the number of people and groups working to improve children’s well-being.

  • Provide new funding or supplement existing funding.

Challenges with Partnerships

  • Time invested in creating and maintaining the partnership is not equal to the benefit to the youth or to the program.

  • Resources allocated (i.e. funding) to the partnership does not produce results.

  • Misalignment of desired outcomes.

  • Disengagement from the project/initiative.

  • Change in leadership.

I hope this was helpful for you, and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to send me a message. I look forward to chatting with you!

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