Advancing Collaboration


Inspiring Collaboration

Adopt-a-classroom_WEB_ASSETS_Grid Page Image believes every child deserves the tools and materials they need to learn and thrive in school. Since 1998, has raised $65MM, and equipped more than 6.4 million students across the U.S.

Goodwill Collab Story

Jeff Burkhart, Literacy Network

In the first episode of our Inspiring Collaboration Video Series, we chat with Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director, Literacy Network. This organization serves approximately 1,000 low-income adults each year in Dane County, Wisconsin. With more than 500 annual volunteers, they help adults achieve their goals through personalized education services and support.

Our collection of Inspiring Collaboration stories showcase impactful examples of organizations embracing collaboration and joining forces to make change happen. Our Inspiring Collaboration Video Series features guests from Accredited Charities who want to share their collaboration journey with us.

Goodwill Collab Story

Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill® is the leading nonprofit provider of job training and placement services in North America. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively served more than 1 million individuals worldwide and helped more than 126,000 people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT, and health care, to name a few and get the supportive services they needed to be successful, such as English language training, additional education, and access to transportation and childcare.

E3 Alliance

E3 Alliance: Employers Ending Exploitation


E3 Alliance is a collaborative of nonprofits, businesses, and governments working together to leverage the collective power of the private sector to eradicate sex trafficking. E3 Alliance is an initiative of Global Communities, formerly PCI. They provide human trafficking prevention training for employees from every business and every industry.


Iowa Agri Literacy Foundation Grid

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation


The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation's mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. The foundation is a coordinated, statewide approach by business, education, and the agriculture industry, designed to augment and aggregate existing agriculture education efforts while encouraging new efforts that promote agriculture literacy in Iowa schools. IALF's overall goal is to serve as a centralized resource to help increase the knowledge and awareness of today's agriculture and its importance among students.

The Sub Zero Mission collects coats, boots, hats, gloves, and sleeping bags (our "Stay Alive 5") in warmer months to be distributed in the winter directly to homeless people who do not make it into shelters. We help every person we find, but we are looking for veterans among the homeless. We work to put veterans back into contact with programs specialized to get them off of the streets permanently.


The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is the only U.S.-based nonprofit organization solely dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection. Our mission is to save lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Our vision is to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!® The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® is a program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation® that was created 30 years ago.


Embrace Relief believes in delivering research-based, sustainable solutions to achieve lasting improvements for individuals and communities. We are committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of individuals locally and globally. We implement research-based programs to achieve measurable, sustainable improvements in the lives of those in need. By constantly using research and closely engaging with those we serve, our innovative approach ensures we deliver the most beneficial services.


The TSC Alliance's stated purpose is to find a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex while improving the lives of those affected.


Lift Up is a digital nonprofit platform that funds certified projects with the greatest impact around the world. We operate a true 100% model because we believe every single dollar makes a difference.


KABOOM! works with communities to build incredible, kid-designed playspaces. Kids who don’t have access to a place to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social and emotional health. We envision a world where every kid can get the play they need to thrive, regardless of race, zip code and family income. Over the last 23 years, we’ve built or improved 17,000+ playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million community members and brought joy to over 11 million kids. As we look to the future, we’ll continue our efforts to build collective action and community opportunity, spark hope and enable kids to reach their full potential. And we promise that we won’t stop until we put an end to playspace inequity. For good..


Population Media Center’s (PMC) reproducible formula for creating hit entertainment works across people, places, and media environments and it’s designed to impact multiple social, health, and environmental challenges. They engage audiences, change ideas, and empower people to make better-informed decisions.


The mission of World Animal Protection is to create a better world for animals. They end the needless suffering of animals, influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, help the world see how important animals are to all of us, inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better, and move the world to protect animals.


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.

RedRover works to to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

The Road Runners Club of America works to champion the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition.

The Green Beret Foundation works to provide advocacy and services for wounded, injured or ill members and former members of the United States Army Special Forces and those who have served in a direct support capacity with the United States Army Special Forces during the time of their wounds, injury or illness.

The Physicians Committee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC. that includes the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians in its membership of more than 175,000 supporters across the United States and around the world. 

Plant With Purpose’s programs equip farming families around the world to increase farm yields, heal damaged ecosystems, improve nutrition, and increase household savings and opportunities. This integrated approach solves two major issues facing the world today: environmental degradation and rural poverty.

For more than 60 years, Project HOPE has transformed the health and well-being of people and communities around the world. They work on the front lines of the world’s health challenges, partnering hand-in-hand with communities, health care workers, and public health systems to ensure sustainable change.

Meals on Wheels America works to empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.

Many Hands for Haiti works, through Jesus Christ, to transform and serve Haitian families and local communities. The organization's projects include education, farming, home rebuilding, medical services, sewing programs, and spiritual development. is an online charity that works to make it easier for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from all over America post classroom project requests on their site, and individuals can give any amount to the project of their choosing.

YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's 2,700 local YMCAs, which serve to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The organization reports that it delivers financial and in-kind awards and grants to local YMCAs, with the aim to strengthen YMCA programs and community service.

Good+ Foundation partners with a national network of programs to break the multi-generational cycle of family poverty through the power of donated goods and services. The organization provides children ages 0-14 with essential children's gear, clothing, and products while their parents get needed services to strengthen the entire family.

The Mona Foundation aims to support programs that help students excel academically and intellectually, and develop their capabilities to serve and foster change within their communities. The Foundation focuses on three key areas access, empowering women and girls, and teacher training.

Good Shepherd Ministries of Oklahoma (GSMO) reports that it provides free healthcare for low-income, uninsured Oklahomans. Medical care services include primary and specialty referrals, counseling, diabetic testing, nutrition services, dental services, medical interpreters, and prescription medications.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's principal activities focus on two core areas advancing the care of paralysis and funding research to develop treatments for spinal cord injury. The organization's Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a constellation of national programs and services aimed to improve quality of life and increase independence for individuals living with paralysis and mobility impairment.

Save The music Foundation assists instrumental music programs in America's public schools by providing grants of musical instruments, workshops, and raising public awareness about the importance of music education.

Child Abuse Council works in Illinois and Iowa towards keeping children safe and building strong families. The organization puts an emphasis on assisting children from infancy to five years old. 

Giraffe Heroes Project reports that through storytelling and training they inspire and support people to take action to solve significant public problems. 

Haiti Partners centers its work on Haitian education through two primary avenues schools and holistic churches.

Family Reach Foundation (FRF) aims to alleviate the financial burden of cancer for patients and their families. Through a process developed in collaboration with hospital social workers, the Family Relief and Support program provides assistance to families. 

Health Volunteers Overseas works to address the global health workforce crisis by implementing programs that meet the needs of the host country and institutions, are sustainable, and build local capacity.

Love146 works to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention through its offices in Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Animal Legal Defense Fund operates litigation, criminal justice and animal law programs to stop the abuse of companion animals as well as animals in industries such as factory farming and the entertainment business.

Children's Tumor Foundation raises funds for medical research into Neurofibromatosis through its NF Walk, NF Endurance, and Racing4Research events.

Dress for Success works toward the ultimate goal of equipping women to be financially independent. They provide clothing, pre-employment skill building, workforce development, employment retention and advancement, and other services.

Global Impact provides services for workplace fundraising campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities.

MGFA provides those withmyasthenia Gravis and their loved ones with information, education and support. They engage in patient advocacy activities, provide support to support groups, and fund research projects.

MPN Research Foundation supports research that will help scientists understand three blood disorders: polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, andmyelofibrosis. They are also developing a national registry of patients to track clinical care and outcome.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation supports programs and services that secure,manage, and distribute resources to improve the lives of veterans,military service personnel, their families and the communities in which they live.

GlobalGiving transforms aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change. It helps donors make safe and easy donations to vetted, locally-driven organizations around the world.

Partnership With Native Americans serves the immediate needs and supports long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities. It provides consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest need in the U.S.

Humane Society Silicon Valley saves and enhances lives, both the two-legged and four-legged. It is the first organization in the country to meet the guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for standards of care for shelter animals making it the first model shelter.

America’s Charities helps the nation'smost trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income through workplace giving and additional paths. Since 1980, it has been at the forefront of workplace giving's transformation.

The Academy of American Poets to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Each year, the charitable organization connects millions of readers to poets' work with its many programs and publications.

International Fund for Animal Welfare rescues animals in crisis from both natural and human-caused threats and rehabilitates animals with the goal of returning them to secure landscapes.

Disclaimer: All participants were interviewed about past collaborations through the framework of the 9 Considerations for Collaboration. Naturally in some organizations, not every one of the considerations are applicable to their circumstances.