Resources

Arizona Together for Impact

Overview

The Arizona Together for Impact Fund is designed to be catalytic in sparking collaborative initiatives including combined programming, shared services and mergers (Together for Impact does not fund collaboratives, associations, or program partnership initiatives). In addition to providing confidential, and friendly advice, Together for Impact is happy to provide connections to resources for organizations looking to strengthen their organization through a sustained collaboration. We have also put together a series of Webinars on topics ranging from,  “Is This a Good Time to Think About a Merger or Integration?” to “How to tap into Together for Impact resources”.

In addition to local resources, there is an abundance of research, case studies and tools which have been developed nationally to support this work. Whether you are working with Arizona Together for Impact or not, you will find these tools helpful as you increase the collaborative impact of your organization.

Consultants and Technical Assistance are Key

Collaboration is standard in the nonprofit sector: 68 percent of nonprofits plan to collaborate (formally or informally) with other nonprofits over the coming year, according to the Nonprofit Finance Fund. But most nonprofits struggle to find the time, resources, and funding to make collaboration real. Neutral outside consultants can help nonprofits put together a plan over the months, and sometimes years, these efforts can take to complete. Technical assistance includes financial and legal research and analysis, human resources compensation, fundraising feasibility reviews, and more.

Having an objective, experienced facilitator to assist the parties in viewing the possibilities objectively, and without undue emotions and influence, ensures that mission takes primacy over all else. Surveys completed through the national Sustained Collaboration Network revealed the vast majority of nonprofits served believed that a third party consultant was “important” or “essential” to their decision making.

Arizona Together for Impact provides grants for nonprofit consultants and technical assistance providers to support the exploration and implementation of sustained collaborations. Consultants engage directly with the nonprofits involved in the project. Each collaboration team determines the selection of the project consultants as well as the execution and administration of their contracts.

Finding the Right Consultant

Finding the right consultant to facilitate and implement your collaboration is critical to your success. To help collaborating nonprofit organizations define their project goals and select the right person or team to move their project forward, Arizona Together for Impact has developed a suite of tools.

Develop a clear scope of work:  In an effort to simplify the Arizona Together for Impact funding process, a clear Statement of Work should be utilized for both the grant application and the engagement of a consultant. You can download a Statement of Work form and view a sample of a completed Statement of work.

Selecting a Consultant: Once the collaborating organizations have identified consultant candidates to they will interview to ensure they select a contractor with the skills and interpersonal qualities to successfully more their initiative forward. Download a Consultant Interview Guide.  The final step in the consultant selection process is checking references to ensure the contractor has the experience which is best suited to the nature of your project. Download a Consultant Reference Check Guide.

If you’re ready to explore growing the impact of a nonprofit through sustained collaboration, or want to support nonprofits as a partner in our initiative, please reach out to us at impact@azimpactforgood.org. We are more than happy to discuss the possibilities with you.