Collaboration Resources

Great things happen when we work together! According to an article in the below resources called ‘Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together? most not for profits work together for one of three main reasons: to boost organisational efficiency, increase organisational effectiveness, or drive broader social and systems change.

Partnerships: Frameworks for Working Together
Description of several types of partnerships

Partnerships and Collaboration
Working together with other not for profits to achieve greater impact (e.g. shared services, mergers, joint programming)

Models of Collaboration between Nonprofit Organizations
International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management 63(6):746-765 · July 2014 

Models of Collaboration: Nonprofit Organizations Working Together
A collection of case studies from across the nation exemplifying collaborative partnerships among non-profit organizations.

Nonprofit Mergers that Work
A study reporting on what drives successful mergers and suggests that more not for profits should consider mergers as a useful tool to increase impact.

Community Led Development
Practitioner and funder Top 10-tips for community led development.


The power of collaboration
8 TED Talks. Whether on the web or in the face of disaster, these talks reveal the undeniable strength of teaming up.

Collaboration, partnerships & working effectively with others. An extensive list of webinars on collaboration and collective impact by the Ministry of Health NGO Health and Disability Network

Why and how do nonprofits work together?
Article describing the why and how not for profits collaborate

Nonprofit Collaboration 2.0
Describing the need for not for profits to collaborate in the face of increased needs in our communities with less or stagnant funding sources.

5 Tips for Nonprofit Collaborations
5 tips for success, plus a discussion on the cost of collaboration.

Collaboration 101: How Nonprofits Can Work with Government Agencies and Businesses
Not for profit organisations and Government both play an important role to ensure services exist.

Memorandum of Understanding template
Example of a MoU.  

A guide to an auspice agreement
Comprehensive guide to auspice (umbrella) agreement. When people with great community project ideas partner with existing non-profit organisations to help a project happen in our community.

Local Networks

Co-Lab Te Puke A network of social service organisations in Te Puke working together to benefit the Te Puke community. Contact Chris Johnstone on johnstone.smith@xtra.co.nz or 027 601 5321 for more information.

Katikati Strengthening Communities
Local organisations and organisations that deliver services in Katikati meet bi-monthly to network, share information and advocate on issues of shared interest. The Katikati Community Centre facilitate the network. See http://katikaticommunity.nz      or phone (07) 549 0399

SociaLink provides networking as part of seminars and training opportunities. These are all programmed into the training calendar on the website.

Strengthening Families is an established process where multiple organisations come together with a family/whānau to plan and organise services
http://www.strengtheningfamilies.govt.nz/ or contact: sfc@standforchildren.org.nz

Tauranga Moana Abuse Prevention Strategy (TMAPS) is a network of agencies, community and government, that work in the area of abuse prevention. TMAPS meets monthly and provides speakers and professional development. Contact fvr@familyworksnorthern.org.nz or phone 07 5759709

Tauranga Youth Development Team (TYDT)
TYDT is a network of agencies and young people aged 11-24 working in partnership to strengthen the youth sector by enhancing communication, coordination and cooperation. See www.tydt.org.nz or contact: 027 333 6963

Western Bay of Plenty Disability Support Trust was formed to enable a collaborative approach to service organisations in the disability sector who provide advocacy, promotion, education, prevention, support and information for people with disabilities. See www.supporttrust.org.nz or contact coordinator@supporttrust.org.nz

The Breakthrough Forum is a collaborative group of agencies that supports families that are struggling with a loved one or family member struggling with substance abuse. www.breakthroughforum.co.nz

Homeless Provider Network
Stakeholders/services active in the homeless/housing sector. Contact Charlotte van Doorn, Collaborative Practice Coordinator at SociaLink. Email charlotte@socialink.org.nz or 021 193 2618

Kai Western Bay

A local food network in the Tauranga and Western Bay region (also known internationally as Food Policy Councils).
This advisory group meet bi-monthly and send regular communications to the wider Western Bay food network.  Contact Hayley Adamson on hayley.adamson@bopdhb.govt.nz or the Kai Western Bay group on kaiwesternbay@gmail.com

Katakati Taiao
Working to protect the environment and connecting the community in supporting environmental, social and cultural projects in the Katikati community. See http://www.envirokatikati.org/  


A collaboration between Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tangata Whenua looking at a range of environmental, social, economic and cultural issues that impact on the growth of the region.  See https://www.smartgrowthbop.org.nz/


National Networks

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. A voice and support for non-profit organisations. See https://www.sspa.org.nz/

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks whose membership includes not-for-profit and voluntary social service organisations all over New Zealand. See https://communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz/

ComVoices is a Wellington-based network of national community and voluntary sector organisations. They aim to create public understanding that recognises the value of the sector to community wellbeing and to civil society, and through this gain greater support for the sector and the communities we serve. See https://comvoices.org.nz

Inspiring Communities’ mission is increasing the capacity of communities to thrive through community-led change. See http://inspiringcommunities.org.nz

Hui E! Community Aotearoa seeks to promote, strengthen and connect the community sector – tangata whenua organisations and the broad voluntary and community sector – charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts, and informal community groups. See www.huie.org.nz

The Council of Christian Social Services represent six church networks: the Anglican Care Network, the Baptist, Catholic and Presbyterian social services agencies, as well as the Methodist and the Salvation Army churches. Collectively, these six members include 213 separate provider agencies located in 55 towns and cities throughout New Zealand. See https://nzccss.org.nz/