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YES! Collaborations bring innovative projects to life, divide the work and multiply the mutual success of each partner. Who should you collaborate with? Partners that compliment but not duplicate services to your clients.
For example, a community center wants to offer literacy classes but no one at the center is qualified. However, just down the road is a literacy agency with training available. If these two partner, there are benefits for both agencies. The Community Center staff/volunteers receive training to use at the center and possibly elsewhere. The literacy agency gets to provide their services and count the statistics of not only the number trained, but also how many clients those trained served, how many hours of service, etc. A third partner may bring yoga, a fourth after school programming, and so on.
If you think of collaboration as a pie, each new partner does not take away from the pie but rather adds more filling to the pie, allowing for each partner to continue to benefit.
CAUTION: Only partner with those you trust. Run background checks, ask questions, get references if necessary. Be sure to have signed Agreements or Contracts in place to protect all parties involved.
Want to know more about collaboration? Check our calendar for upcoming seminars.
Wednesday September 9, 2015
As a small nonprofit organization, our staff are the only reason that we survive. A Circle of Ten, Network for Collaboration was founded by Kathy Holdway currently residing in Edom, Texas.
As the announcement of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards were announced last week, I wanted to give a shout out to the lady Mrs. K and our C10 crew.
In December 2009, A Circle of Ten, Inc. (C10) received the Governor’s Community Collaborator Award. The award recognized C10 for “..creating and strengthening partnerships within their communities. Community Collaborators understand the importance of relationships, and develop connections between groups and individuals to help those craft collaborative solutions to local needs.” C10 was selected out of a pool of over 50 nominees.
The Governor’s Volunteer Awards honor Texans who devote their time and talents to their communities. This tradition allows Governors to recognize some of the individuals, organizations, corporations and public entities that embody the Texas tradition of community service.
A Circle of Ten’s selection was based on regional work through their Rebuild America- Rural Community Building Initiative. These efforts bring leadership, education, workforce and energy efficient affordable housing/building opportunities, while impacting economic development, tourism, and the environment/emissions.
“It truly was an honor to be selected for this award,” stated Kathy Holdway, President of A Circle of Ten. “C10 believes in collaborations! Working together empowers leaders and increases partnering agencies’ capacity to provide services and improve quality of life for Rural Texans. ”
If you want to see who the latest winner are go here:
Congratulations to the new recipients!
I want to write a grant…
I have a need…
I have people I can call on…
But where do I start?
Sometimes we seem to have ideas of what we want to conquer however road blocks or just the unknown gets in our way. A Circle of Ten has found a good list of some Tangibles and Intangibles for writing a grant.
The grant can’t write itself and without a clear picture of who is doing what, frustrations are inevitable. Find all the bullet points described in the grant and divide and conquer.
Want to know more about being organized?
We currently have a workshop scheduled at the
Cameron- J Jarvis Troup Library for October 8 from 1:30 to 4:30.
Interested? Or want to schedule this at your facility for your team*?
Call us at (903)541-0013 or
Each seminar is limited to 10-15 Leaders. C10 staff will do preliminary interviews & grant research for each Leader, then tailor the class/curriculum to meet the needs of those registered.
Team Approach to any grant is best. Agencies, needing funding, often send 2-3 staff/volunteers to make up their own Program/Grant Team! Discounts are applied to multiple registers from the same agency. So make sure that you pass this email on to the appropriate team members.
Visit our calendar for upcoming workshops.