Change the game
One of the priorities of the Foundation’s strategic plan was to seek an opportunity to serve as a catalyst and facilitator on collaborative efforts between community organizations. The foundation’s Community Leadership Committee spent the fall of 2009 identifying opportunities and challenges facing the voluntary sector in Niagara. Increasing demand for services, shrinking resources to support operations, few local training and development opportunities and agencies continuing to work in administrative isolation were some of the ever-present realities faced by this sector. In response to these diverse challenges, we developed Change the Game in 2010, an initiative with a focus on identifying new ways of working together that will improve an organization’s capacity to deliver its programs and services. Ten organizations were invited to take part in a pilot of this program. Focused primarily on back-office collaboration, we believe that this initiative solves a problem, creates an opportunity, requires commitment and buy-in from participants, demonstrates that collaboration fuels opportunity and ultimately helps participants get better at achieving their mission. It’s a great initiative that we believe will ultimately “change the game” in how agencies can work together more efficiently.
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