Want to Raise Funds and Partners?

Thinking of starting a partnership with people who don’t work for you? Great multi-sector collaborations enlist people and organizations to join their cause by touching, moving, and inspiring them. This starts with listening more than telling - listening to what others want to get from a partnership and translating that into specific contributions of time, talent, and treasure.

Getting partners to sign up to your effort is just the first step. To maintain partners’ interest and involvement, partnerships need to continuously demonstrate their ability to manage themselves effectively, scale, and have real impact. CollaborateUp’s Collective Impact Field Guide provides a set of 27 principles for partnership excellence, was designed to help partnerships do just that.

The Field Guide supports leadership to think through:

  • Governance: the different roles people/organizations can play in the partnership
  • Budgeting: how much money the partnership needs from each different type of partner
  • Existing strengths and weaknesses: what kinds of in-kind contributions the partnership needs
  • Managing in-kind contributions: many organizations want to give more than just cash but the great thing about cash is that it’s fungible; managing in-kind contributions takes a whole new level of management, matching particular skills, commodities, etc. with specific needs
  • Perception: implications of having a new member join (e.g., if they have a good reputation, if they would throw off the representational balance of the partnership, etc.)


That’s not all! Are you looking to build an expansive multi-sector partnership? Do you have an idea, but aren't sure how to execute on it or communicate to potential partners? CollaborateUp wants to help make your co-creation a realityCollaborateUp Academy presents the opportunity for action-oriented social entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs like you to come together and develop the skills needed to tackle the world's most complex challenges. You and your colleagues can attend our upcoming Academy on April 11-12, 2018 to engage with other collaborators and build your network right here in Washington, D.C.!

Register today! 

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The course actually aids with more than just collaboration - it helps drive thinking into issue clarification, meeting handling and setting up, communicating with stakeholders. I loved it! - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
"Building up the capacity and capability of nonprofits to make a difference in the world is a core part of the Office Depot Foundation's mission. CollaborateUp had a really big impact on the nonprofits we support, giving them tools and insights they can use immediately." - Mary Wong
“Even with a diverse set of stakeholders and a very limited timeframe, the CollaborateUp Formula allowed us cut through a complex set of issues and develop a concrete and pragmatic proposal for tackling a very tough problem. Richard Crespin is exactly what you want in a facilitator, someone able to bring people together to recognize their shared goals and the best ways to achieve them.” - Amit Ronen Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
The course was great! Great value and great insights into collaborating with various partners in multiple situations. It really change my thought process and how I view situations with our clients and stakeholders. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
"The CollaborateUp Workshop gave our delegates a set of tools they can use immediately to collaborate more effectively across multiple departments and organizations." - Erika Lopez, Global Impact
Extremely practical and extremely easy to implement once you have an understanding of the steps and the formula and the requirements of the process. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
I soon discovered that it doesn’t really matter whether your introduction to CollaborateUp is through an issue solving workshop, or at an event as Richard brings all the chaos together with his savvy charm and good humour - the most important thing is that you get to engage and work with these great folks! My biggest take out over the past five years of being a part of their world – collaboration is a process and you’re not going to get very far unless you know what problem you’re all trying to solve together. The CollaborateUp framework helps by asking simple questions to help reveal the big answers. - Cate O’Kane, Founder, &co partnership consultancy