Cooperation and collaboration with other local agencies, as well
as the private and nonprofit sectors, can be critical in today’s
era of limited resources.
The Institute, itself in collaboration with its sister nonprofit,
the Cities Counties Schools Partnership, has developed a number
of resources on such collaborations. See right and below
for more information.
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.
The Internal Revenue Service requires 501(c) nonprofit
organizations to file a “Return of Organization Exempt From
Income Tax” on Form 990. Prepared annually, form 990s
can provide local agencies considering collaborations with
nonprofits a sense of a given nonprofit’s financial health
and governance practices.