“Our organizational structures often create barriers to more effective collaboration in the sector. How do we fix that?”
“Society is becoming more diverse but the sector is not. How do we begin to better reflect and serve the communities in which we work?”
“The resource landscape for nonprofits is evolving. What are the best new models for operating in this period of change?”
These questions, as many others were raised during Independent Sector’s 2015
Threads Community Conversations. Independent Sector is the leading coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America. Through the Threads conversations, IS collected the ideas, aspirations, and challenges heard from communities coast-to-coast. IS analyzed this information and identified three focus areas that emerged consistently: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Nonprofit Capital; and Organizational Relationships. Over the first half of 2016, IS has partnered with issue experts to search for the best thinking and strongest resources for each of these areas. In July, these information hubs went live.
IS engaged the Presidio Institute as a lead partner to develop the Organizational Relationships area, which focuses on cross sector collaboration. Building on The Presidio Institute’s work helping individuals and teams in all sectors build their capacity to practice cross sector leadership and collaboration, Institute staff sought input from program alums, faculty, and partners in the field to curate a set of resources supporting effective practice. The resources include frameworks, case studies, and toolkits, as well as current thinking, critique and emerging issues.
Alison Gold, who led the curation work for the Presidio Institute noted, “At the Presidio Institute, we believe that if we want to solve some of the toughest problems we face in the world today, we need individuals in all communities, industries, and sectors who are equipped to collaborate. When Independent Sector approached us about supporting the development of a cross sector collaboration resource hub, we jumped at the chance to share with its membership some of the best and most useful resources available today.”
Independent Sector hopes that visitors to the Information Hubs will find new approaches that enable their organization to understand and overcome obstacles that stand between them and their missions.
Each hub will continue to grow with new content, so you should check back frequently at independentsector.org/focus_areas. Share your feedback about the Information Hubs at
@indsector on Twitter.