Recently, I conducted a nonscientific nonprofit poll on Twitter. I asked, “Do nonprofit organizations compete or collaborate more?” Continue reading to discover what fellow nonprofit professionals answered:
@fleuredeflorida: Compete, sadly.
@jeffstanger: Sadly, it seems it’s been more compete lately.
@cheritatweets: Right now I’d say compete. Hopefully that’ll change.
@PhilanthropyInk: Compete (unfortunately). Collaboration is key to success.
@agnesvishnevkin: I think (& hope) they collaborate more!
@Debra_Michaels: The good ones realize the need to collaborate!
@cfctwo: I think there has been a rise in collaboration since the economic downturn.
@MySahana: So far seems like collaborate!
What an interesting mix of feedback! It seems like nonprofit professionals recognize that there are organizations acting competitively, but there is a desire for greater collaboration.
My thoughts? I suggest that we consider the many forms of collaboration: among programs, across operations, and within fundraising. There are many opportunities for collaboration, throughout the organization. Don’t limit your thinking to only program collaboration.
Please leave a comment with your perspective – compete or collaborate?
Are you interested in other nonscientific polls I conduct on Twitter with other nonprofit professionals? Take a look at these two: