How to run a charity : lesson 6

Lesson 6 is that the whole is greater than sum of your partners

This was new to me. The level of interdependency and cooperation between charities makes the total output of good stuff done greater than the sum of the individual capacity of each charity to do good stuff.

Some examples. The C.A.B. takes referrals from housing charities where the client may have been subject to an illegal eviction and need specific advice. The C.A.B. while helping with the advice aspect may refer a client to a mental health charity who needs specific mental health support. There is also a sister C.A.B. about 40 miles away, but in the same county. Working together makes much sense in terms of both geographic coverage, funding bids and supporting each other. There are many other examples of such cooperation of the charity eco-system and the main take away is get to know your partners, what they do and how to avoid duplicating their core competency.

Beyond recognizing this is very important, I don't have much more to add. This is one of the areas I intend to pay attention to and understand much better in the coming months.

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