Working together may generally be effective for nonprofits, but it's not  the best approach in all cases. Collaboration and partnership are means to ends, not ends in themselves. The generalization is just a starting point, and key is to do some critical thinking, and be sure any partnership is set up for success.

New workshops explore the economics of nonprofit organizations and several practical techniques for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of business models. Nonprofit business models are more complex than those of for-profits. In our sector the formula can be multi-faceted, with some services subsidizing others by design. Nonprofits need to be intentional and shrewd about how the model is assembled.

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AuthorScott Schaffer