Sharing Responsibility for Training Requirements
When nonprofits are trying to foster new partnerships (or are working within existing partnerships), sharing
the responsibility for hosting or facilitating trainings and meetings is a great way to balance duties. Instead of
one organization becoming a “central office,” each nonprofit in the partnership can provide support. When
partner organizations host and facilitate trainings, the responsibility shifts from the lead organization to being
shared by all members of the collaborative, increasing the likelihood that the collaborative will be sustained
over the long term.
Implementing this practice brings increased accountability, trust, and connectedness within the collaborative.
Steps and Elements Necessary to Implement the Practice
Basic, simple steps to engage partners in hosting and facilitating trainings and meetings:
Make the decision to share responsibility of training provision
Survey partner organizations to determine capacity-building needs
Determine where space and expertise exist within the collaborative with an asset map
Determine who is responsible for tasks associated with the trainings (training coordination and
facilitation, meeting reminder, logistics, space, refreshments)
Create a schedule with meetings and trainings
Partners sign up to host/train
Share calendar with meetings and trainings with all partners
Benefits and Risks
Connecting with the physical space of a partner strengthens the relationship and knowledge base of
Engages partners in the collaborative and creates a sense of shared responsibility.
Simple to implement.
Helps tear down barriers between different organizations and builds trust.
Provides an opportunity for a partner organization to share with its partners the capacity it has gained.
Some partners will be able to provide higher-quality trainings than others.
Some partners may not have the space to provide the trainings.