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Coalition Building: What you need to know

Coalitions by definition are temporary alliances of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action or a common goal. Coalitions can be formed to improve issues such as alleviating hunger or homelessness to smoking cessation programs in a community.

Forming a coalition with groups outside of your organization can help expand your trajectory in the community, generate new volunteers, and bring greater attention to your project. What groups share commonalities with your organization? This could consist of similar mission statements, populations served, or geographic reach. Once you have pinpointed potential organizations with which to collaborate, you will need to build and maintain a relationship with them that is beneficial to both organizations.

How to Identify Potential Collaborators

Use the list below to start a community partners brainstorming session. What formal and informal groups would be good assets for your coalition?

Formal Groups

Informal Community Networks

Building Meaningful Relationships – Do's and Don'ts



Maintaining Partnerships with Organizations

The following four factors are among the most important factors in maintaining partnerships with coalition members. Most can be managed through clear, honest communication.

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