Partnerships the Nonprofit Way
What Matters, What Doesn't
Published by: Indiana University Press
Collaboration and partnership are well-known characteristics of the nonprofit sector, as well as important tools of public policy and for creating public value. But how do nonprofits form successful partnerships? From the perspective of nonprofit practice, the conditions leading to collaboration and partnership are seldom ideal. Nonprofit executives contemplating interorganizational cooperation, collaboration, networks, partnership, and merger face a bewildering array of challenges.
In Partnerships the Nonprofit Way: What Matters, What Doesn't, the authors share the success and failures of 52 nonprofit leaders. By depicting and contextualizing nonprofit organization characteristics and practices that make collaboration successful, the authors propose new theory and partnership principles that challenge conventional concepts centered on contractual fulfillment and accountability, and provide practical advice that can assist nonprofit leaders and others in creating and sustaining strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships of their own.
A Note on Quoted Material
Introduction: Why This Book?
1. Summing Up, Summing Down: A Review of the Literature on Partnership
2. Nonprofit Partnerships: The Gold Standard
3. The Point of Partnering
4. Good to Great: Recognizing the Signs of High Quality Partnerships
5. Nonprofit Partnerships by Sub-Sector
6. Grant Makers Partnership Practices
7. Toward Nonprofit Theory: Collaboration as a Way of (Work) Life
Collaboration is the life blood of the nonprofit sector. Yet the literature is strangely neglectful of nonprofits' critical roles and perspectives in all kinds of cross-sector partnerships involving business, government and nonprofit organizations. No longer. This richly empirical study by Stuart Mendel and Jeff Brudney shines a bright and broad light on the factors that allow nonprofits and their partners to succeed in their collaborative endeavors.~Dennis Young