Local agencies and non-profits are complex and dynamic
organizations. In this section, the Institute offers resources to
help local agencies understand the rules and opportunities for
working with non-profit organizations.
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.
Communities Government Purchasing Alliance™ (“U.S.
Communities™”) is a nationwide purchasing cooperative. Open
to local and state public agencies, school districts (K-12),
higher education and nonprofit organizations, U.S.
Partnering with other organizations or agencies is essential to
maximize your efforts at enrolling children in no- or low-cost
health insurance or for any other joint efforts. Thinking of the
relationship as a partnership rather than a contract will enhance
the success of the effort. Learn steps that will help create a
The key to success in engaging other organizations and agencies
in a collaborative effort is in how you approach the
collaboration both in terms of your actions and your attitude.
Learn actions and attitudes that will support collaboration.