Lipscomb University’s College for Professional Studies together with Center for Nonprofit Management will once again offer the Collaboration College program in 2014-2015. Collaboration College is an innovative initiative designed to encourage collaborations among a cross-sector of organizations in Middle Tennessee, made possible through funding by Baptist Healing Trust and The HCA Foundation. Strategic consulting partners for the initiative are c3 consulting, North Highland Worldwide Consulting and HCA.
Through this program teams of leaders representing a variety of organizations throughout Middle Tennessee will collaborate to find creative ways to serve their constituents and community more effectively. The team with the best collaborative idea will receive a $25,000 award from the HCA Foundation to fund its proposed project.
Collaboration College begins Tuesday, Oct. 21, with “Collaboration 101 -- From Collaboration to Collective Impact: Principles, Case Studies and Best Practices,” a daylong event on the Lipscomb campus.
This event, open to any interested nonprofit agency leaders, board representatives and public or private partners, will explore the rewards and challenges facing successful collaborations and will feature a nationally recognized speaker, a variety of panel discussions and working sessions presented by collaboration experts.
The yearlong program will continue throughout the school year as participating agencies are led through a curriculum and consultative experience, resulting in the top teams receiving grant funding for their proposed collaborative projects. Agencies are welcome to proceed within the college as far as they want to go.
In March 2015, six participating team partnerships will be selected to move forward with financial modeling, best practices, cultural assimilation and other areas critical to the success of their collaborative project. These teams will receive 24 hours of consulting services targeted specifically to the developmental needs of the project. The top collaborations will be announced in October 2015.
Organizations interested in the program can visit www.collaborationcollege.com or contact Lipscomb’s College of Professional Studies at 615.966.1100 for more information or to register.