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Nonprofit Collaboration Database

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About the Database

Mergers, collaborations and joint programming are becoming more and more important to the nonprofit sector every day. And so the Foundation Center is pleased to serve as the new home of the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, created by the Lodestar Foundation.

The Lodestar Foundation has an interest in encouraging and supporting long-term collaborations among nonprofits working in the same area in order to increase efficiency, reduce duplication of efforts and maximize impact through the application of sound business practices. The Nonprofit Collaboration Database was originally developed by Lodestar as part of its work related to The Collaboration Prize competition, which it launched in 2008. Capitalizing on the wealth of material created through the collaboration prize nomination process, the Nonprofit Collaboration Database provides access to more than 650 entrants including all of the relevant information about and documents from the collaborations.

While the contents of the second phase are limited to data contained in the nominations for the 2011 and 2009 Collaboration Prizes, the Foundation Center will further develop the database and bring together useful resources on this important topic. Subsequent phases of the database will expand its scope by adding an interactive component and the ability for any nonprofit organization to submit its collaboration documents and information.

Searching the Database

The database has been organized so that you can search for information from a variety of access points allowing you to customize your search a variety of ways. For example, you can find all mergers among arts and culture organizations, or all administrative consolidations in Ohio and Arizona, or only those joint programming collaborations among state health organizations that were initiated by funders. The ability to search by multiple criteria, including key words, provides the opportunity to explore the database using factors that are most relevant to your needs.

Collaboration Resources

You can find Foundation Center and other resources on all facets of collaboration here.

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