Advancing Collaboration


Collaboration Article Series



This series, produced in partnership with Stanford Social Innovation Review, calls on the social sector to embody a new and pioneering collaborative spirit based in trust so that it can reach broader audiences, share the risk involved in experimentation, and accomplish more than any single organization could do alone. 

The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit Partnership by Jacob Harold

Nonprofit collaboration is difficult; economics, game theory, and behavioral science offer lessons on how to do it well.


Barriers to Funder Collaboration and the Will to Overcome Them by Phil Buchanan

Foundation leaders know the social sector needs more and better collaboration for impact, but four barriers often get in the way.


Coming Together from a Place of Strength, Not Weakness by Carrie Fox

Nonprofits are facing increased pressure to develop new and more efficient ways to deliver on their missions. Thoughtful and unconventional collaborations can strengthen the bottom line of nonprofits while delivering added value to their communities.


Hacking Nonprofit Collaboration by Art Taylor

Nine considerations for nonprofits looking to maximize social impact through collaboration.



Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization by Pratichi Shah

How focusing on the three organizational pillars of culture, people, and leadership can help fuel meaningful collaboration.


Governing a Collaborative Organization by Anne Wallestad

Collaborative organizations require collaborative leadership, but are boards getting in their own way?


Creative vs. Transactional Collaboration by Asha Curran

Lessons from experiments in nonprofit innovation at 92Y.


Using Collaboration to Harness Big Data for Social Good by Jake Porway

Not every nonprofit has a data science team. To truly harness big data for social good, we need collaborations between individuals, across organizations, and across sectors.

Jason LeeThe Next Wave in Fundraising Collaboration by Jason Lee

Three considerations for nonprofits looking to work together to raise funds.


Gail McGovernSaving Lives Through Partnership by Gail McGovern

How a structured but adaptable collaboration model is mobilizing organizations to achieve a common goal.


Nonprofit Collaboration 2.0 by Peter Panepento

As challenges mount, the social good sector must find new ways to join forces.



Barbara Newhouse ALS AssociationCollaborating after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Barbara Newhouse

Following the largest single act of social media fundraising, the ALS Association was faced with a “good crisis”—and a big challenge.


Are you part of the collaboration movement? Take The Pledge Now