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About a year ago, I mentioned I was co-authoring a book with two brilliant colleagues, Jessamyn Shams-Lau of the Peery Foundation and Jane Leu of Smarter Good. The book is called “Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships” and will be available this Spring, with pre-orders being taken on April 9th, 2018.
Now, you may have some questions, so I’ve anticipated and answered them here:
What is the book about? The relationship between foundations and nonprofits, and how we can all work together more effectively. It examines the philosophies and practices that prevent us from authentically partnering to unleash our full potential, and it provides practical tips for how we can all do better.
What inspired y'all to write it? Jessamyn, Jane, and I have been in this sector for years, and while we love our work, let’s face it, the relationships between nonprofits and foundations, as well as the entrenched power dynamics, often prevent good work from happening and also drive many people to leave the sector. We dream of a world where funders and nonprofits see each other as trusted and equal partners, not as freeloaders and overlords.
Is it just going to be a whole lot of complaining about funders? No, we try to make it balanced, pointing out areas where both funders and nonprofits can improve. Foundations need to be more trusting; nonprofits need to be more transparent. We do acknowledge power dynamics and how it affects things.
Read the full article about Unicorns Unite: how nonprofits and foundations can build epic partnerships at Nonprofit AF.