Facilitating exceptional conservation results

PARTNERING

Conservation nonprofits and government agencies are increasingly partnering with social development organizations, corporations, and/or community groups to achieve greater impact, higher leverage, and greater sustainability at the local level. By combining their skills and aligning their efforts partners hope to achieve more than they could by operating independently and can often have far greater impact at breaking through policy barriers.

Effective partnerships are a much needed tool for conservation organizations. They are energizing, full of learning opportunities, and can lead to much greater levels of conservation impact.  I was privileged to help document one of the most important capacity building tools on nonprofit partnerships: 

Paquita’s long history of championing effective partnerships for The Nature Conservancy, documenting learning from partnership activities in her many publications, and promoting capacity building with us and with many other organizations, all were indispensable and made her uniquely qualified for pulling together the best practices for our Conservation Partnership Center.  We were delighted to engage Paquita Bath of Aligning Visions, who did an extraordinary job of compiling a vast quantity of raw material into a cohesive whole. Paquita is a bloodhound; she unearthed resources in the unlikeliest places to ensure that the Center is truly comprehensive. If anything has been omitted, it surely is not for lack of sleuthing on Paquita’s part. Paquita then undertook the Herculean task of putting all of the material she found into sensible order, and giving it flow and cohesion. She jumped eagerly into the fray to lead this project from the initial formation of the Conservancy’s Global Partnership Practice Network, and she never flagged during her six month consultancy – keeping all of us on track and facilitating a truly collaborative group effort. Paquita’s long history of championing effective partnerships for The Nature Conservancy, documenting learning from partnership activities in her many publications, and promoting capacity building with us and with many other organizations, all were indispensable and made her uniquely qualified for pulling together the best practices presented here.

Olivia Millard, Director of Global Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy

I have spent many years developing long-term partner relationships between nonprofits and between nonprofits and government agencies. In recent years Aligning Visions has been honored to be invited to evaluate some partnership programs, write the content for a  web site on partnering,  and help organizations think through their partnership goals. Aligning Visions will work with you to clarify:

  • Why do you want to partner? What does your prospective partner hope to get out of it? Are these goals aligned?
  • What can you do to improve your ability to partner well?
  • Who should you partner with?
  • What are some tried and true ways for effectively structuring a partnership?
  • What are some best practices for effectively implementing a partnership?
  • What measures can help you evaluate the partnership?
  • How do you successfully end or renegotiate a partnership?

Please contact Paquita Bath at Aligning Visions to discuss your partnering goals: Paquita@aligningvisions.com or 530-214-0565.