It’ s often been said that charities, those in the not for profit sector need to work together, that there should be more collaboration between organisations.
Some figures suggest that there is about 170-odd people for every charity in New Zealand; that’s a staggering ration.
Who would, could collaborate; the simple way of looking at this would be those organisations that are like minded, those who share a common visions, geographical location could also be taken into account. Don’t forget that those organisation sharing a common beneficiary could perhaps work better if they worked together.
With a number of organisations working in similar areas, with similar needs unless there is some form of collaboration the potential is there for some of organisations to cease to exist. The charity “market” is no different to any other market – it’s supply and demand; in the charity sector the “supply” could relate to funding.
Annual street appeals, envelope collections, tele-fundraising campaigns and the like are only some of the ways organisations gain the funds they need to do their work. Most organisations would also be applying for grants, and many “like” organisations would be competing for the same dollar.
This competition for funding is making it harder for organisations to gain the funding required to do the work they’re committed to do; and this has the potential to only get worse.
Already organisations are having to look for other income avenues in order to survive.
But funding is only one area that could benefit organisations who collaborate.
Organisations who collaborate will have opportunities to share stories, ideas, this would help each other gain further insights into the work they do, the “market” and much more … a win all round.
Do you have stories of organisations who are collaborating, how did they start their collaboration – what do the collaborate on, please share your insights.