Community Partners: Making a Difference Together

Family Advocates will spend the month of October recognizing and thanking our community partners. Why are community partners so important to Family Advocates’ mission?

One way a company can engage with a nonprofit is by having a member of their team sit on the nonprofit’s board of directors. A board brings together leaders, thinkers, and doers that can provide a breadth of talented support to the organization. Family Advocates is blessed to have board members from Citi, D.L. Evans Bank, Hewlett Packard, St. Alphonsus, and others. Each board member brings different skills, connections, and ideas to the table.

Nonprofits also engage with other nonprofits, civic groups, and educational institutions. As nonprofits are often tight on funds, it is important to have partners that work together to pool resources and leverage them to support the community. Family Advocates loves working with local school districts, higher education institutions, local municipalities, and civic groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, and parent-teacher associations. Often these groups have something to offer (such as extra supplies, or volunteers), but at the same time, are able to engage in a priority area of focus for their group by engaging with a nonprofit. Family Advocates works with many groups who focus on the support of children and families.

For a nonprofit, reputation is vital. When working with corporate partners, civic partners, local schools, and other nonprofits, it validates their efforts and increases credibility. For Family Advocates, trust is tremendously important to our mission. If children, families, and volunteers do not trust us, we cannot serve them to full capacity. By having their school, or local company that would not risk engaging with a disreputable organization partnering with us, we are able to start with a level of trust from the beginning.

More than anything, community partners increase the value of the work we are doing! The more we have involved in the work, the more valued it is… and the more help our community receives. We are able to educate more than just those we serve. We are able to increase visibility of issues within our community and take action steps towards improvement. It’s a level of engagement that only comes through partnership.

Family Advocates is always looking for ways to partner…

  • Resources
  • Advocacy
  • Funding
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Shared Services
  • Education
  • And more!

If you’d like to discuss the possibilities of a partnership with Family Advocates, please reach out to our Director of Advancement, Le Ann Edwards at  leann@familyadvocates.org.