Collaboration

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
-Helen Keller

There is a common perception that nonprofit organizations don’t do a very good job of working together. This idea has presumably emerged from the argument that nonprofits are competing against one another for the same limited funding, and therefore perceive each other as rivals. Although there may be some truth to this perception, my experience has shown me quite the opposite–that different groups and organizations are actually very excited to work with one another.

The kind of work that Arc Solutions does is just one aspect of a bigger goal that all nonprofits and many for-profits are shooting for: the betterment of the world. If we all have the same vision that we are working towards, doesn’t it actually make the most sense to work with one another? We can share the lessons we have learned in our work, helping each other to make wise decisions. We can share resources and increase our positive impact on the people we serve. We can avoid duplicating our activities, and instead allow each organization to play to it’s own strengths. In short, collaboration can become more than the sum of it’s parts when we are willing to give up a little bit of our own autonomy and share the process with others.

At Arc Solutions, we love our project partners and know that we couldn’t do the work we do without them. They allow us to do broader and more effective work. They have taught us and inspired us to continue to work towards our vision. And they are especially important in conflict zones. We work with groups on the ground who have an extensive knowledge of the country and are already doing fantastic work, allowing us to tap into their expertise and get great results.

We are grateful each day for the various partnerships we have formed with nonprofits, for-profits, and individuals, and we thank you for working with us to do much more than we could ever do alone.

-Erin Boettcher