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Nonprofit Collaboration  

Welcome to the Foundation Center's nonprofit collaboration resource page! We have gathered a wealth of information about the ways that nonprofits can collaborate to achieve their missions — through mergers, joint programming, and other forms of collaboration.

The database is a resource for everyone seeking real-life examples of how nonprofits are working together. Find information from more than 650 nonprofit collaborations drawn from the 2011 and 2009 Collaboration Prizes, created by the Lodestar Foundation.

Get Information About More than 650
Nonprofit Collaborations

Go to the Nonprofit Collaboration Database»

Tom McLaughlin on Demystifying
Nonprofit Collaboration

Tom McLaughlin, author of Nonprofit Mergers & Alliances and vice president of national customized services at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, answers audience questions and provides insight into the ways in which nonprofit organizations can collaborate.

Books and Articles

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From The Knowledge Base

Where can I find information about collaboration and other kinds of strategic alliances?

¿Dónde consigo información sobre las colaboraciones y alianzas estratégicas en el sector sin fines de lucro?

What is fiscal sponsorship? How do I find a fiscal sponsor?

Where can I find information about advisory boards for nonprofits?

Selected Collaboration Case Studies (PDF)

Case Western Reserve University

LaPiana Consulting

Selected Web Sites


Infographic: Nonprofit
Strategic Restructuring

Two sides of the social sector — nonprofits and funders — share best practices on collaboration.

View the infographic»

Featured Foundation
Collaboration Initiatives

The Patterson Foundation

Collaborative Restructuring Initiative

From the Blog:

Learn more»

Cuyahoga County Human Services Restructuring Pilot Project

We are pleased to have been selected as the home for these guiding documents so that other funder and nonprofit communities can learn from them.

Learn more»

Collaboration Challenge

Meet the Winner:
Minnesota River/Lake Pepin
Friendship Tours

See all Challenge entries»


Philanthropy Chat:
Tom McLaughlin Discusses
Mergers and Alliances

Tom McLaughlin, Vice President of Consulting Services for the Nonprofit Finance Fund, talks about his book, Nonprofit Mergers & Alliances.

(20 min., 33 sec.; 7.11 MB)

Philanthropy Chat: David La Piana Discusses How Nonprofits Should Approach Strategic Restructuring

David La Piana,
author of Strategic Restructuring: Mergers, Integrations and Alliances, provides
best practices in how nonprofits should approach collaborations, mergers, and other types of partnerships.

(32 min., 51 sec.; 15 MB)

Other Foundation
Collaboration Initiatives

The Boston Foundation
The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits

The California Catalyst Fund
A Strategic Restructuring Fund for Community Clinics

The Dyson Foundation
Nonprofit Strategic
Restructuring Initiative

Foundation for the Carolinas
Community Catalyst Program

Maddie's Fund
Community Collaborative

SeaChange Capital Partners
The New York City Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (NYMAC)

Nonprofit Collaboration

Toledo Community Foundation
Strategic Alliance Partnership
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