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The Collaboration Prize: Celebrating nonprofits that come together for greater impact
The Lodestar Foundation

May, 2010

One of the aspects of today's philanthropy that I find so fascinating, so exciting, so talked about, and yet sadly ignored is the idea of collaboration! It's when like groups or unlike groups come together to do something extraordinary with the power of more than one.

Foundations talk about it all the time, think it's a wonderful idea, encourage it, even reward those nonprofits that do it. But alas, not many nonprofits really do it, unless they have the time, the foresight and the energy to actually go out and find some other group and something they can find to collaborate on.

It is very exciting to know that a foundation such as the Lodestar Foundation and their Collaborators (if you may) have come foreward to reward those who do actually collaborate. Bravo!  Jackie Beretta 5/23/2010

The Lodestar Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy, today launched the 2011 Collaboration Prize, a national award designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations.

Beginning June 1, 2010, nonprofits across the country are invited to apply for the Prize, which will be announced in April 2011.  The Prize will recognize eight collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together.  Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the grand prize winner will receive an additional $150,000.

“Collaboration may enable organizations to more effectively leverage human and financial resources to achieve greater impact in the areas they serve,” said Jerry Hirsch, The Lodestar Foundation Chairman.  “With the 2011 Collaboration Prize, we expect to receive hundreds of original and inventive collaboration case studies that showcase ways to work smarter and more efficiently and we look forward to sharing these models of success with the entire nonprofit sector.”

Application and Eligibility Details
The application process for the 2011 Prize will open June 1, 2010, and close on July 16, 2010.  To be eligible, the collaboration must involve two or more nonprofit organizations.  Each collaboration will be judged on the extent to which it:

  • demonstrates improved effectiveness in achieving social good;
  • more effectively uses human and financial resources;
  • represents an innovative response to a specific challenge or opportunity;
  • and exhibits characteristics that would demonstrate that the collaboration is a model for the field, sector, or community.
Please visit www.thecollaborationprize.org for a full list of eligibility requirements, the online submission form, general information and answers to frequently asked questions.

The Prize recipient will be chosen by a Final Selection Panel, which will be chaired by Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Additional parties involved in the review process include the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan (AIM) Alliance, a collaboration comprising The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University (Michigan); and La Piana Associates, the nation’s leading management and consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits and foundations become stronger and more effective through collaboration.

Nonprofit Collaboration Database

Collaborations submitted to The Collaboration Prize form the basis of the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, an interactive resource comprised of real-life examples of exceptional collaboration.

The online Database currently contains detailed information on 250 collaborations, obtained during the 2009 Collaboration Prize, and will expand to include models resulting from the 2011 Prize process.  New examples of collaboration will be added regularly – ensuring that the database remains a robust and powerful tool for the nonprofit community.

The Database is housed on the website of the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization that connects nonprofits and grantmakers to tools, resources and information.  Learn more at http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/collaboration/.

The Lodestar Foundation is a grantmaking organization devoted to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy by efficiently and effectively leveraging philanthropic resources. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Foundation provides funds nationally and internationally to organizations that support its mission. The Lodestar Foundation was established in 1999 as a support foundation of the Arizona Community Foundation. Please visit www.lodestarfoundation.org for more information.

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About the Collaboration Prize

The 2011 Collaboration Prize is a national award presented to nonprofit organizations that collaborate effectively to gain greater impact.

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.

The Prize is designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the impact that can be achieved from working together, the Prize shines a spotlight on collaborations among two or more nonprofit organizations that cooperate to demonstrate innovative and effective responses to challenges or opportunities.

Applications for the 2011 Collaboration Prize open June 1, 2010, and close on July 16, 2010. The 2011 Prize features a streamlined online application. Applications may be submitted by any individual familiar with the collaboration, including an employee of any entity involved in the collaboration. Find details about Prize eligibility, criteria, key dates and selection process.

Our history

The Collaboration Prize was created and is funded by The Lodestar Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan (AIM) Alliance and leaders in the nonprofit sector. Learn more about our partners.

The Prize was first awarded in 2009. It attracted 644 nominations and yielded powerful models of collaboration in which organizations achieved greater impact and efficiency through working together. Learn more about the 2009 Collaboration Prize Winners and Finalists.

Our impact

In addition to identifying and showcasing exceptional nonprofit collaboration efforts, the Collaboration Prize provides models and best practices for the field through the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a resource for everyone seeking real-life examples of how nonprofit organizations are working together.

Housed on the Foundation Center’s website, the database contains information on 250 of the collaborations nominated for the 2009 Prize, and will be further expanded to include new collaboration models resulting from the 2011 Prize process, as well as other examples of nonprofits working together. Learn more about the Nonprofit Collaboration Database.

Apply for the Prize

In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.

Online applications will be available beginning June 1, 2010.


Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2011 Collaboration Prize:
  • The collaboration must have been formed between/among two or more nonprofit organizations (a government entity, including a public agency, may be a member of the collaboration);
  • Parties to the collaboration must have executed a written formal agreement that is enduring and that addresses the management and operation of the collaboration;
  • Through that agreement, parties to the collaboration must either assign responsibility for program or administrative decision making and authority;
  • The collaboration must have been in operation for at least 18 months, as evidenced by both the date on which the agreement governing the collaboration was signed and the period over which activities have been conducted by the collaboration; and
  • The parties to the collaboration must be located in the United States, and the majority of the activities of the collaboration must be located in the United States.
All collaborations nominated for the 2009 Collaboration Prize, with the exception of the eight finalists, are eligible to apply for the 2011 Prize.

Criteria

Each collaboration will be judged on the extent to which the collaboration:
  • demonstrates improved effectiveness in achieving social good,
  • more effectively uses human and financial resources,
  • represents an innovative response to a specific challenge or opportunity, and
  • exhibits characteristics that would demonstrate that the collaboration is a field, sector, or community model.

Selection process

The Collaboration Prize features a multi-layered approach to selecting winners for the 2011 Prize. The process is designed to include input from members of the nonprofit community and expert involvement for choosing the finalists and winner.

All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, with eligible applications scored by La Piana Consulting. The top 90 scoring applicants will be reviewed and scored by members of the AIM Alliance to identify the top 20, which will be finalized by the Lodestar Foundation and La Piana Consulting. In late fall 2010, the Final Selection Panel will choose the eight finalists and site visits will be scheduled with all finalists. The 2011 Prize winner will be chosen by the Final Selection Panel.

Key dates leading to the awarding of the 2011 Collaboration Prize: 

June 1              
Application period opens

July 16  
           
Application period closes

October 27
    
Semi-finalists (top 20 collaborations) announced

November 8 
  
Final Selection Panel review of semi-finalists begins

December 8
   
Final Selection Panel review of semi-finalists ends

January 7
       
Finalists announced

April 1 
            
Winner of the 2011 Collaboration Prize announced

The Collaboration Prize winner and finalists will be announced in April 2011.



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