Nonprofit Partnerships


Partnering with Non-Profits & Community-Based Organizations

Community-based organizations interact with members of the community on a daily basis and are often located in neighborhoods. They have unique and important insight into the challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area. Staff at these organizations are often from the ethnic and cultural populations of the residents and understand the language, cultural and ethnic approaches that work best in building trust and engaging the residents in any endeavor.


Tips on How to Work With Community-Based Organizations

Learn how local agencies can benefit from working with community-based organizations and suggestions for success when working with these organizations.


Making the Most of Contractual Collaborations with Community-Based Non-Profits

Why work with community-based organizations? As resources for local agencies dwindle and the demand for services grows, public entities will out of necessity turn to other sources in the community to fill in gaps or provide for unique needs.


Economy Hits Nonprofits Hard Too

Guidestar reports that nonprofit organizations “continued to take a beating during the first five months of 2010.” For example, eight percent of respondents indicated that their organizations were in imminent danger of closing.  

“The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector: A June 2010 Survey” presents these results and more.


Institute Board Mulls the Philanthropy/Public Agency Connection

At its January 2010 meeting, the Institute board was privileged to hear from Colin Lacon, President, Northern California Grantmakers. Colin thoughtfully described a variety of opportunities for collaboration between local agencies and the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. 

The development of this online resource center followed.  The center collects:

  • Community stories describing examples of such collaborations.
  • Resources to assist local officials in considering collaborations with nonprofit organizations.