Across North America, organizations are emerging to help reduce the burden of back office functions on nonprofit organizations. Shared services come in many shapes and sizes and may go by many names. Some are management support organizations, providing capacity building and professional development. Others are full service fiscal sponsorship or shared platform models, enabling nonprofits to share everything from HR and Accounting to a Tax-ID number. These high-quality, efficient service providers enable smaller nonprofits to focus on executing their mission.
NCN has published two of the leading e-books and white papers on the topic of shared services – Shared Services that Work: Surprise Findings from Charlotte Mecklenburg (FREE) and Shared Services: A Guide to Collaborative Solutions for Nonprofits ($). Ground your project in best practices.
Periodically, NCN convenes a gathering of practitioners to engage with each other and share the best practices of resource sharing. Most recently, we gathered for Streamlining Social Good, a cross-disciplinary exploration of the barriers to resource sharing. Check out our Events page for our next gathering.