The Collaborative Approach To Social Change
To some collaboration may seem complex, but to the Oasis Center, nonprofits joining forces can mean bigger strides towards achieving the mission and fostering a better world.
Community organizations working together on joint projects can make their programs and activities more effective and/or more efficient.
Michael Lee, Executive Director of the Oasis Center said, “My mindset, in the moment of addressing COVID-19 and the civil unrest reaching its peak after the death of George Floyd, is that social change organizations need to come together, share their services, contacts and God-given “calling” to provide evidence-based, community-centric and measurables services to collectively address systematic aspects of historical social injustice. Our efforts in this arena predate both COVID-19 and the present civil unrest and call for policing and criminal justice reform. To this end, Oasis Center and our partners to date have been developing a Dallas Social Justice Network.”
The Dallas Social Justice Network can really be defined by the definition of Social Justice – “a philosophical concept which holds that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, wellbeing, justice, and opportunity.” A group of organizations with unique service offerings coming together to provide a holistic approach to transformation. The collective approach is not unheard of in the nonprofit community, but certainly underutilized.
The benefits to collaborations are significant, here are a few reasons to consider creating a collaborative partnership with other nonprofit organizations:
- Budget Relief – Collaborating saves money by sharing resources, infrastructure, and administrative costs.
- Creativity – Diverse talent from different organizations can help create new solutions to complex issues.
- Efficiency – Joining forces offers a more hands-on deck to increase the capacity to get tasks done.
- Expansion – Collaboration allows different nonprofits to focus on different aspects of the same mission and better respond to complex issues.