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Philanthropy University

Establishing Effective Partnerships

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To tackle the world’s most difficult development challenges, nonprofit organizations cannot work alone. Strong partnerships—working relationships with other organizations, businesses, government agencies, or international agencies—are necessary to create sustainable social change. Yet getting different groups of people to agree to a single plan is no simple task: it requires tact, creativity, and skill.

This course provides frameworks, guidelines, and tools to help you establish effective partnerships. From identifying potential partners to signing partnering agreements, you will learn how to navigate the initial stages of the partnering process. Along the way, you will meet expert practitioners, apply practical tools to your own work, and practice your negotiation skills.



  • Module 1: What Kind of Partnership Do I Need?
Approach new partnerships strategically
  • Module 2: Who Should I Partner With?
Identify and assess potential partners
  • Module 3: How Do I Build a Strong Relationship?
Build strong, productive relationships
  • Module 4: Which Processes Should I Use?
Co-create strategic partnering agreements



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