It’s easy for nonprofits to feel like they have less control in a corporate partnership. If the company that’s providing funding, volunteers, or resources has an idea or request, you can’t push back – right? Wrong! Successful, sustainable partnerships are rooted in mutual respect for the value both sides bring to the table. So if a corporate partner is asking for too much, trying to take a project in a direction you know isn’t right, or offering support you don’t actually need, don’t be afraid to communicate that.
In this session, Chief Program Officer Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald will share best practices for healthy power dynamics that Common Impact has honed over the course of two decades managing cross-sector partnerships. Learn how to set expectations from the start, say “no” in a way that maintains positive relationships, and feel empowered to act on your unique social sector expertise, so everyone wins.
Session Type60 minute session
- Understand common power dynamic pitfalls in corporate partnerships
- Confidently establish expectations and boundaries while also creating a culture of trust and open communication
- Know when to tell corporate partners “no” and how to do it in a way that maintains strong, positive relationships