Re: Nonprofit-forprofit partnerships
- Here are two more comments addressing the following request from
Sida Ly-Xiong at Fieldstone Alliance:
"I'm searching for situations where the a nonprofit and a forprofit work
together in activities that are closely aligned and mutually beneficial.
Where the "business success" of one is tied to the success of the other.
Where they are truly mutually inter-dependent."
(1) Bob Musser <bmusser@...>
We are a for profit business that has been built precisely on this
premise, that nonprofit-forprofit partnerships can and should be an
important component of our communities, with strong benefits for both
parties. Our business, providing an inlet to eBay and the online
marketplaces for the local community, was built on a foundation of
partnering with nonprofits to help them become more sustainable.
As a core component of our business we provide a job skills program
and the ability for nonprofits to generate revenue from donated
merchandise, in addition to a business opportunity. We have found
that the partnership and the efforts we provide to help our nonprofit
partners has provided us with numerous benefits on the business side
I would be happy to share more information with you if you contact me
via email or phone.
[Moderator's note #1: I've done some work with Auction Inn; they offer an interesting and compelling example of a nonprofit-forprofit partnership. Their model helps the nonprofit pursue its mission and sustainability goals, while enabling the forprofit to pursue its goals as well, in a complementary way.]
(2) Leonardo Letelier [lletelier@...]
Ashoka has a program - Full Economic Citizenship - that promotes just such
ventures you mentioned.
I am responsible for that program in Brazil (we will focus on housing and
agriculture), but we also have operations in Mexico (already working in both
areas) and India (starting to work on micro health insurance). Of course,
beyond that the program VP sits in Ashoka HQ, in D.C.
Let me know more of what you are looking for so I can better help you.
Full Economic Citizenship
[Moderator's note #2: Ashoka needs no introduction. The website for their Full Economic Citizenship program is
[Moderator's note #3: earlier comments on nonprofit-forprofit partnerships can be viewed at http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/npEnterprise/message/2657 . Note: you'll need a yahoo ID (free) to access this posting from npE's archives.]