These past few weeks several conversations have emerged around partnerships, collaboration, collective impact, and even consolidation. They covered the range from how much is happening, how to get started, what it’s going to take, and the economic and social benefit. In our state, many feel that there is an immense amount of partnership activity, many collaborative initiatives, and some comprehensive ventures towards collective impact. Each of those are a continuum of relationship depth between two or more organizations.
And that is both our challenge and our opportunity.
Starting a partnership, or immersing in a strategic alliance, requires relationship building, trust, and a lot of time. Sharing resources and common goals can be challenging, as it requires each organization to be vulnerable with each other. In Delaware, our geography and government structure provides access in ways that larger states cannot benefit.
|AstraZeneca seeks to stimulate connections with nonprofits in this creative space.
Building a relationship with another leader across the state can be easy, and our networks help facilitate communication among our colleagues rather quickly. We need to leverage that advantage to strengthen Delaware community benefit organizations. We have the potential to pool our resources to collectively advance our missions.
So how do we get started? It begins with conversation; a simple willingness to meet regularly, understand who is doing what, and being willing to share ideas and resources. Those simple connections can accelerate the potential and possibilities we all have in advancing the quality of life here in Delaware.