Collaboration College – In 2012 we began our project to encourage and teach nonprofit agencies skills to combine their resources which would provide better service to the community.
“A creative new program in Nashville is giving six teams of nonprofits the direction, resources and encouragement they need to collaborate successfully. Collaboration College was started in September 2011 by The HCA Foundation, Lipscomb University and the Center for Nonprofit Management as a first-of-its-kind in the nation initiative to develop models of collaboration which can be replicated around the country.
Six teams, comprised of 18 local nonprofit organizations, continued through the yearlong program and have been guided through the difficult task of breaking the mold to share expenses or the delivery of services.
More than $80,000 in consulting has been donated by North Highland, C3 Consulting and HCA and $30,000 in consulting from CNM, made possible by The HCA Foundation. Lipscomb University contributed its executive leadership, classrooms and other academic resources to help facilitate these collaborations.
The 2011/2012 recipient of the $25,000 award was the Collaboration for Family Support. Participating agencies include Nurses for Newborns, Family & Children’s Service, Martha O’Bryan Center and Conexion Americas.