7 Keys to a Successful Collaborative Nonprofit Relationship (and 7 Barriers)


Keys to a collaborative nonprofit partnership:

  • Shared purpose
  • Compatible missions and values
  • Shared power
  • Shared view of interdependence
  • Mutual respect and trust
  • Shared control/stake in process/outcomes
  • Shared indicators of progress


Barriers to a successful nonprofit relationship:

  • Lack of common vision
  • Costs not identified upfront
  • Lack of buy-in
  • Conflict among leaders/lack of trust
  • Leadership lacking the right skills
  • No accountability standards (clear expectations)
  • No means for managing conflict and grievances

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