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The Importance of Partnership and Collaboration in Non-profit Sector

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia


We believe that collaboration is not about an option to choose, but a necessity to strengthen the efficiencies and effectiveness to tackle down of what we need to settle and generate a better impact for a better world.

When we are talking about how the non-profit organization stirring their mission forward, how to keep it steady while achieving goals or how to prevent any crisis mode on the financial system, well, the power in collaboration or partnership is at an all-time way best to take larger steps in ameliorating the community and create a better world. Even though the organizations have particular reasons to work collaboratively, Forbes finds that there are similar aims that the organizations are looking for such as: saving costs, strengthen programs, organizational efficiency and effectiveness, improve services and leadership skills.

Saving Costs

The greatest benefit in doing collaborations with other fellows of nonprofit organizations is saving so many costs, particularly in administrative matters. Both organizations can lighten each other up to maintain their expenses for training, workshop facility, office supplies, transportation or anything that relates to their missions.

Strengthen Programs

Collaboration also helps expand organizational programs through building new ones or combining the existing programs and making them stronger. It is possible to lead to a wider set of resources and support tools that will make programs more reachable at lower costs. Both organizations can expand their capacity to be developed and provide more value from each program that has been run. Besides, another major benefit from the collaboration is also enhancing the awareness of the organization’s brand. This can be counted as a strategy in promoting each organization to reach broader networks or partners. Whether it features through social media, website or any traditional marketing efforts which inherently doubles the branding strategy. 

In this case, Project Child Indonesia has involved with many parties to support the establishment movement of their program. For instance in November 2018, PCI together  with Semua Murid Semua Guru (SMSG) had discussed about the importance of educational movement in Indonesia to encourage the idea of volunteerism to people in getting used to reading news and collaborate more often to encourage the same movement since we trust on how collaboration among independent organizations would have more impact rather than working on our own.

Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency and effectiveness would be another highlight benefit that the organization would have by implementing the collaboration. The efficiency means that the organization is more capable to accomplish the missions more quickly and the effectiveness means the organization is capable to reach the goals more successfully.

Improving Services

In collaborating, the organization would gain a new opportunity to improve its service provided and generate access to new different kinds of tools or resources. For instance, there is a collaboration between 2 organizations that one of them is focusing to serve the homeless community, while the other one (the partner) is who provides job training. These combinations can fulfill each other’s that one could refer the companies to get more job trainer or resources, and the other could refer their clients who need the shelter for more services.

Leadership Skills

The major concern of building up the collaboration is to rise up the capacity in exploring the new leadership skills. When executives or board members from different non-profit organizations gather their capability, knowledge and any other expertise skills cooperatively, then there would be more steps to absorbed in furthering the missions. Additionally, the partnership would encourage new leaders to join and move together in the organization in a better direction.

Every single of non-profit organizations across the country, they have been working for not-just-to maximize of what are they aiming to in the first place, but also to inspire and provoke other people on a larger scale. But large scale progress would not happen straight away. It requires the combination of more and more collaborators among different organizations, pooling resources and battling together. It also requires a concrete establishment through create innovation of programs and reinforce one another. Regarding this, Project Child Indonesia is incredibly fortunate to get many opportunities in collaborating with various partnerships in the form of doing workshops, research, hosting and big event collaboration to funding.

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