The Collaboration College 2.0 Challenge

Local organizations interested in collaboration or collective impact initiatives are encouraged to participate in the Collaboration College 2.0 Challenge.  The Challenge begins in Fall 2014 with Collaboration 101 and Collaborative Connections to provide education, support, and opportunities for connections to develop collaboration and collective impact ideas.  After completing these introductory courses, collaborative teams are eligible to apply for Collaboration College 2.0.

To apply, teams will submit proposals of collaborations or collective impact initiatives in mid-February.  Six teams will be selected to complete Collaboration College 2.0, benefiting from Collaboration 201 Skills and Competencies Building Workshops and specialized consulting provided by c3, HCA, and North Highland.  With coaching and support, each team will develop a presentation of its collaboration or collective impact initiative.  A panel of judges will select the best initiatives to receive financial awards granted by The HCA Foundation and Baptist Healing Trust. 

2014-2015 Program Calendar

September 1, 2014: Registration

Registration for Collaboration 101 opens online at

October 21, 2014: Collaboration 101

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lipscomb University: Ezell Center Room 301 

Collaboration 101 - From Collaboration to Collective Impact: Principles, Case Studies, and Best Practices will provide a deeper dive into models of collaboration and collective impact and an overview of Collaboration College 2.0.  Nonprofit agency leaders, board representatives, and public or private partners are encouraged to participate. 

November 19, 2014: Collaborative Connections

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Baptist Healing Trust

Collaborative Connections is an opportunity for local organizations to explore potential collaborations and collective impact initiatives with nonprofit, public, and private partners.  

January 12-16, 2015: Coaching Calls

Collaboration College 2.0 consultants, from c3, HCA, and North Highland, will conduct coaching calls with teams to provide feedback and refine proposal ideas.  All teams submitting proposals for Collaboration College 2.0 are encouraged to participate in a coaching call.

January 20, 2015: Online Proposal Submission Opens

Lipscomb will accept online proposal submissions for Collaboration College. Click here to submit your proposal. 

February 11, 2015: Collaboration College 2.0 Proposals Due

Proposal submissions for Collaboration College 2.0 are due by midnight on February 11, 2015.

March 2, 2015: Collaboration College 2.0 Teams Announced

Six teams will receive acceptance letters and admission into Collaboration College 2.0.  Each team will participate in Collaboration 201 and be matched with two consultants to develop its collaboration or collective impact initiative.

March 11, 2015: Collaboration 201

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lipscomb University, Ezell Center, Room 301

Collaboration 201 will provide teams with workshops to build skills and competencies essential to successful collaboration and collective impact.  Teams will also meet their Collaboration College 2.0 consultants.  Workshops will include the following topics: Visioning, Strategic Thinking, Conflict Management & Relationship Building, Change Management & Communication, Business Thinking & Results Orientation.

March – June, 2015: Collaboration 301

Teams will develop their initiatives with coaching and support from their consulting team after completing Collaboration 201.

June 2, 2015: Mock Presentation

Time: TBA, The Center for Nonprofit Management

Each team will present its initiative at the Mock Presentation.  Based upon feedback from judges, each team will refine its presentation and continue to develop its initiative with support from its consultants throughout the summer.

September 1, 2015: Collaboration 401 - Final Presentation

Time: TBA, The Center for Nonprofit Management

Each team will present its initiative at Collaboration 401.  A panel of judges will review each initiative and select the best initiatives to receive financial awards granted by The HCA Foundation and Baptist Healing Trust.

September 11, 2015: Graduation

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Lipscomb University

All Collaboration College 2.0 graduates will celebrate their accomplishments at Lipscomb University for a Collaboration College 2.0 graduation and celebration luncheon.

October 22, 2015: Announcement of Winning Teams

Salute to Excellence

The Collaboration College 2.0 winning teams will be announced at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence.