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Connecting The Grassroots: Building A Network Across Ontario

Posted By Louroz Mercader, Community Outreach Coordinator, June 17, 2016
 

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Collaboration starts with relationships; it’s all about interactions between people. Personal connections that already exist between groups and volunteers can be a great starting point, but sometimes groups need the opportunity to get out there and meet new people, identify common interests and figure out who is working towards the same goals.

 As we enter the next phase of the Grassroots Growth project, our goal is to focus on collaboration and partnerships amongst grassroots groups.  We’re building a network so groups from across the province can facilitate peer support, spark collaboration and develop strong local partnerships.

Collaborating with others can have a multitude of benefits:

Synergy
The synergy created from working collaboratively will result in greater accomplishments than each group working on its own could ever hope to achieve.

 

Resources
The sharing of knowledge and expertise can make goals more manageable, and ensures that resources get distributed appropriately.

 

Avoiding Duplication
Working together can help ensure efforts and services aren’t being duplicated in the community, increasing efficiency and eliminating unnecessary competition.

 

Funding Opportunities
It’s become increasingly common for funders to require that two or more groups collaborate together when submitting a grant proposal. By working as a collaborative these funds can be accessed to support your initiatives.

 

Coming in September 2016, we’ll be launching a new online community of practice for groups across Ontario to connect and collaborate together. The website will be an online learning centre, with specifically designed content and a wiki resource directory for volunteer leaders. It will also be a space to build capacity for groups to connect with peer mentors, through a discussion forum and with "Ask Me Anything" themed chats with exceptional grassroots leaders.

Join us as we explore the theme of collaboration with our exciting panel discussion with grassroots groups and sector leaders. Click the button below to learn more. 

 

Grassroots Growth Panel Discussion

 

 
As Community Outreach Coordinator for the Grassroots Growth project, Louroz reaches out to volunteer-run groups in Toronto and across Ontario to help spread the word about the project and get our services out to those who need them most.

Tags:  collaboration between non-profits  community groups  grassroots groups  Grassroots organizations  Ontario community groups 

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