Frequently Asked Questions


#1: Who is hosting this event and program?

Collaboration College is, in itself, a collaboration.  The HCA Foundation, Baptist Healing Trust, The Center for Nonprofit Management, and Lipscomb University have come together, sharing resources and expertise, to stimulate and support new collaborations among our community’s nonprofit organizations.  Consultants from c3, HCA, and North Highland Consulting will provide invaluable resources to Collaboration College participants, as well. 

#2: What is collaboration?

Collaboration is a term and a concept that has generated tremendous interest and some trepidation in the corporate and nonprofit community.  It can take many shapes based on the needs and goals of the partners involved.  Collaboration College will explore a continuum of collaboration models from short-term joint programming to full merger and many options in between.  Additionally, Collaboration College 2.0 will focus on collective impact collaborations.

#3: What does collective impact mean?

Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success.

#4: Who should attend?

Collaboration 101, our kick-off event, is open to any nonprofit organization interested in the benefits of working in partnership with others to achieve greater program success, broader program reach and/or impact, increased cost savings, increased efficiency or any combination of these outcomes.  We strongly recommend the attendance of the CEO and/or senior leaders of your organization so they would be able to make decisions and put processes in motion to achieve your collaboration goals.  Nonprofit board members and representatives from the public and private sectors are also welcome to attend.

#5: What do I need to prepare before I attend Collaboration 101?

You will receive an electronic survey to complete and a short reading assignment in order to make the most of your time and our ability to address your interest and needs.  For this reason, it is important that you register EARLY.  You will also need to bring with you an openness to pursuing new ideas and working with others.  You do not need a pre-identified partner organization to participate in this first seminar.

#6: What is my commitment if I attend Collaboration 101?

Although Collaboration 101 will be the beginning of a longer path for some participants, it is not a requirement.  You are welcome to join us for this single seminar to learn more about collaboration models and tools and explore the potential benefits for your organization.

#7: Do I need to already have a collaboration partner to attend?

No, you are welcome to attend with or without a partner organization.  If you have a specific project or partner in mind, it would be helpful for a representative of each agency to work together during the breakout sessions.  However, this seminar may also be a good place to identify a potential partner or to simply learn more about methods you might use in other settings in the future.

#8: What doors will Collaboration 101 open for my organization?

Collaboration 101 is the first class in a series designed to apply the theory to the actual practice of collaboration through structured workshops, independent study, a capstone project and the collaboration “honor roll.”  Incentives will include funded consultations valued at over $5,000 for all participants with successful capstone project plans and a financial award of over $25,000 to assist in the implementation for the best projects.