Collaborative Partnerships: Strategies for Difficult Times

Nonprofit organizations are facing increasing performance expectations at the same time that funding is flat or declining.  Doing more with less is tapped out as a strategy to deal with these pressures.  

So what strategies can a nonprofit organization use to ensure financial viability and high quality service delivery? 

This workshop will introduce you to several strategic alternatives including co-location, co-delivery, back-end integration, partnering, alliances, amalgamations and mergers.


  • Describe strategic alternatives to address financial viability in nonprofits.
  • Discuss the causes of financial stress in nonprofit organizations.
  • Explain the concept of economic size.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of different strategic alternatives. 

Target Audience:
 Executive Directors, Board Members and/or Senior Manager

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Additional Investment Information:

  • When you register you may notice a Special Rate. What does that mean and who can take advantage of this rate?
  • Only applicable to Pillar member organizations (staff and/or volunteers) that pay a $60.00 membership fee indicating that their operating budget is less than $100,000 
  • 5 of these spots available per workshop and they are first come first serve 
  • If you do not see a special rate listed then the spots have been filled
  • Please note if you have already registered and paid your registration fee and additional spots become available we cannot refund you the difference

About the Presenter: 

Colleen Sharen is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Studies at Brescia University College at Western University in London, ON.  She teaches leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and marketing and has a particular passion for non-profit management.  Brescia recently launched a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree with a specialization in Nonprofit Management, the only undergraduate degree of its kind in Ontario.  

Professor Sharen sits on the board of Family Service Thames Valley. In addition, she has done volunteer consulting for Women Together, Women’s Community House, Daya Counselling, the Alice Saddy Association, United Way of Toronto, YWCA of Canada, and the Pillar Nonprofit Network providing advice on strategy, branding, fundraising, and social enterprise.

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