Upstart Webinar Series: Strategic Partnerships & Alliance

Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:15pm EDT

JFN is excited to co-convene with Upstart a three part webinar series focusing on strategic partnerships and alliances. Details and a date for a JFN community debrief will be announced shortly. 

Webinar 1 - Strategic Collaborations: Forging Connections for Greater Impact

An introduction to strategic partnerships, this session will cover the spectrum of nonprofit collaboration using La Piana Consulting’s Collaborative Map, highlighting eight forms of partnership. This session will include the basic framework for nonprofit collaboration, benefits and challenges associated with various forms of partnership, and motivations/rationale for successful models. Through exploration of the different types of collaborations, attendees can begin to identify possible directions that might be the most impactful for their organization at this moment. This webinar is designed for board members, staff leadership, and funders — helping to create a common language to be used by the broader Jewish community.

Webinar 2 - Taking Stock: Assessing Your Organization and Potential Partners

Wednesday, August 26
12:00 – 1:15 PM ET 

This webinar will focus on how to assess your organization’s readiness for partnership, as well as your partner’s potential readiness. We will begin by providing guidance for organizational self-assessment including financial stress-testing, staff and board leadership capacity, program sustainability, marketing/communications impact, and infrastructure needed to fulfill mission. Once this has been done, it’s time to identify and assess potential partners. We will share a road map to beginning these conversations, share key criteria for assessing appropriate partners, and discuss the importance of selecting partners that align with your organizational strategy and will increase mission impact. During this session, we will also discuss how organizations might initiate conversations with funders around supporting this work. This webinar will be most useful for organizational leadership, on both the staff and board level. Funders are also welcome to attend.

Webinar 3 - Crafting a Successful and Impactful Partnership

Thursday, September 10
12:00 – 1:15 PM ET 

The focus of this webinar will be on what it takes to negotiate an effective partnership that leads to increased impact and organizational strength. The long-term positive impact of partnerships can be great, but it requires time, capacity, and intentionality. We will provide an overview of the negotiation process, change management tools, and pitfalls to avoid. During this session we will dive into what can be expected as part of legal and financial due diligence, various implementation options, and the areas of integration — including culture. This webinar will be most useful for organizational leadership, on both the staff and board level. Funders are also welcome to attend.


Tamar Frydman ·

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