Many of today's nonprofit health and human service organizations are developing coalitions, mergers, and other types of interorganizational alliances. These newly formed partnerships are created to gain a greater capacity within the organization and establish community-driven initiatives. While new strategies can enhance the scope and quality of organizations, they may also represent organizations own survival.
Through well-developed examples, this book examines the formation and maintenance of strategic alliances. From the motives that lead organizations to form relationships, to practical tips on how to sustain, recreate, and end partnerships, this text is a useful reference for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Chapter 7: Consortia
A consortium is an alliance of organizations that identifies with a particular community or interest domain and wherein member organizations provide their resources collectively to achieve common, often long-term, goals within that domain. Organizations in consortia come together to address an issue or issues that none could address alone, and this alliance type has been described as functioning “as a semiofficial organization of organizations” (Winer & Ray, 1994, p. 23) through which to engage in these efforts.
A consortium provides its members with a means of achieving their common goals through the use of integrated strategies. Consortium members typically collaborate on a shared goal or project, and the consortium is defined by the sum of its parts. That is, a consortium is not usually created ...