This case study shows how a champion funder formed an effective collaborative to help females in Des Moines, Iowa during the Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative. It outlines the challenges of organization collaboration while presenting the benefits to those served when done correctly. 

April 30, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The necessary building blocks for an effective cooperative alliance.

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    How Terry Hernandez helped transform non-profit funding scenarios in Des Moines.

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    When funders have issues with non-profit collaboratives.

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    Why listening is critical for collaborative success.

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    Why funder requirements may deter collaborative efforts.

Key Takeaway

It can be tough creating friendly collaboratives with easy access

Having women say they wait for the police instead of accessing the community-based crisis services shows a disconnect between clients in need and the services designed to assist them. Sometimes, the system is just not friendly or easy enough to navigate. The Women’s Alliance story suggests ways to overcome the many barriers organizations face as they try to collaborate and try to provide beneficial services.

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