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Introduction to Charity Partnerships

When organisations with a common aim work together, they can cut costs, improve outcomes, and reduce duplication. Collaboration is of particular importance to smaller charities who are looking for ways to create a sustainable long-term future. The organisations involved use these partnerships to deliver their vision and mission, which is why it is important to seek out others with shared values and missions.

Here are 5 ways charities can benefit from collaborating with each other:

1. Improve awareness of your cause and increase fundraising

By working together, you can double your reach and both organisations gain greater exposure and kudos.
Reaching more people is especially relevant to small charities when over a third of people cannot name a local charity in their area, and one in 10 have never donated to any charity, local or otherwise. Pooling marketing budgets to focus on one campaign can help you to be able to reach your target audience.

2. Learn and Share New Skills

Networking or clubbing together with other charities to be able to access training charities can really benefit. Learning from peers at events or online can help you to improve your skillset. You can even help to create more skills sharing within your organisation by running lunch and learn sessions with your colleagues.

3. Innovate and Grow

Perhaps you could offer a new service if you began working with another charity? By combining your skills, resources, and knowledge you can help solve problems and increase your impact. You may want to work together on a joint funding bid which together you could deliver, and alone you could not fulfil.

4. Gain Sponsorship and Support

The opportunity to partner with businesses should not be overlooked, whether it is getting volunteer support or trustees who can help your organisation grow, one off donations or becoming a charity of the year there are a wide variety of ways to work with a business. The key to this is to find organisations that have shared values and that align with yours and finding win-win opportunities to work together. Consider starting small and building up to more formal activities and fundraising asks.

5. Save Money and Build Resilience

By working with another charity there may be ways that you can save money. For example, you might decide to share an office space to reduce overheads, you might pool funding to buy equipment such as cameras and share on a rota basis. Running charity events as a group can also be especially good as all elements are then shared, reducing costs but also time and resources required. By reducing and sharing costs it can help your organisation to become more sustainable in the long term.

For further Information on Partnerships please click on these links below and don’t hesitate to contact Inspiring Scotland direct

https://www.charityconnect.co.uk/post/5-ways-charities-can-benefit-from-collaboration/145

https://www.gov.scot/publications/review-business-support-third-sector-organisations-contract/pages/5/

https://www.gov.scot/policies/third-sector/public-social-partnerships/

http://www.evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk/media/uploads/tsrf/third_sector_partnership_compass_-_february_2016-read_only.pdf

https://www.thinknpc.org/resource-hub/collaborating-for-impact/

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