22NTC Session: Program
Navigating Power Dynamics: How to Foster Equity in Corporate Partnerships
Submitted by: Emily Patrick | Common Impact, Inc.

Description

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 Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Target Audience

Anyone dealing with uncomfortable power dynamics who wants to foster fairer, more open, mutually beneficial partnerships
Details

Day

Wednesday
March 23, 2022

Time

9:45am – 10:45am PST