Increasingly our client groups include multi-organization collaborations or partnerships in some form. Often, these organizations have chosen to plan together because they share aspects of their missions, and have common interests that can best be addressed by pooling resources and creating shared solutions.

Other collaborations or partnerships are driven by the desire to solve one or more large issues that can only be addressed effectively by a multi-faceted strategy, supported by a series of well-orchestrated activities led by a specific set of organizations. This kind of approach requires a core group of leaders, a willingness to look at new funding models, and a strong commitment to the outcome of the planning process.

While there are many other reasons that organizations choose to plan together, one thing is for certain. An effective multi-organization planning effort can provide new ways to look at the issues, and an effective way to arrive at creative mutually beneficial solutions.