After you’ve been educated of the critical issues in the community, have policy and a council governing your actions, you should connect with community organizations. Using this knowledge, you can canvas the community for organizations that will help you achieve the goals set forth.
Of course, there are many things to consider, but the overriding factor should be focused on the outcomes you’re seeking to achieve in the community. By outcomes I’m referring to the specific goals you’ve created, a part of these being the goals connected with creating immediate and long-term positive change.
As you determine who to support and to what extent you’re able, be sure to enter partnership discussions with inquisitiveness, flexibility, with as little bias as possible and as equal partners. When approaching partnerships open minding and on a level playing field, you’ll establish deeper trust, allowing the relationship to transform from transactional to collaborative. Just Keep in mind, when forming partnerships in the community you should leverage the tools and expertise from the community-based organization. After all, they’re subject matter experts in their fields and they’ll be instrumental to equipping your employees to volunteer.