A successful collaboration or merger can seem like a miracle. As the former associate director of Community Action Network and a nonprofit consultant, Sam Woollard, a GivingCity contributor, has participated and lead the formation of a number of collaborations around Central Texas.
“Collaborations and mergers are all about the timing,” she says. “Even if there’s a consensus to work together and a strong action plan, a single change in a funding model or at the legislature could seriously impact the effort. Plus, participants must come to the table with the needs of the entire community in mind, not just the needs of their board or their constituency.”
Here are some Central Texas collaborations in which Woollard has participated.
Aging Services Council: Addresses depression in older adults; coordinates home repair programs; started a caregiver university.
Success by 6: Supports the annual child well-being report card; supports quality child care initiatives; supports education about early childhood.
Central Texas Afterschool Network: Hosts the annual Lights on After School; convened a forum about middle school students and afterschool needs; conduct training for after-school teachers and administrators.
Ready by 21 Coalition: Created a local youth council; just released a Go to College Guide for Educators and Youth service professionals; manages an initiative to increase the quality of after school programs.
Basic Needs Coalition: Coordinates the annual Poverty Awareness month each January; coordinate the Best Single Source program; coordinating a benefits enrollment assistance training on May 28th.
Children and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership: Conducts an annual awareness event each May; addresses the systemic issues impacting children and mental health.
Re-entry Rountable : Addresses issues related to people leaving the criminal justice system.
Ending Community Homelesnes Coalition (ECHO): Coordinates the Continuum of Care grant every year; conducts an annual homeless awareness forum in the fall; sponsors the Let’s Get to Work Forum on May 21st to identify pathways to work for people experiencing homelessness.
Victim Services Task Force: Conduct awareness activities during the annual Crime Victims Rights Week, support legislative efforts to increase the crime victims compensation fund.
HousingWorks: Hosts annual housing summit each fall; provides a speaker’s bureau for housing issues; identifies and advocates for policies that will support affordable housing.
One Voice Central Texas: Established in 1983, One Voice (formerly AAHSA) is a network of community-based health and human service organizations representing a broad spectrum of critical and essential services in our community.
Sam Woollard has not participated in these, below, but they’re collaborations among nonprofits, too.
HIV/AIDS and Aging Symposium: Grassroots collaboration raising awareness of older adults aging with HIV/AIDS in Central Texas. Third annual Symposium will be 11/9/2012.