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The Ford Institute Rural Programs

Community Collaborations for South & Rural Benton County

Silverton United Methodist Church 203 W. Main Street

About this event

Ford Institute Leadership Program

Open to the South and Rural Benton County Community

The Community Collaborations (CC) workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of rural community leaders and organizations to leverage the power of working together. It provides practical information on strategies for effective collaboration and supports communities in building collaborations that “get things done” and infuse the community with vitality.You will learn the continuum of collaboration and key elements for sustaining collaborative efforts. You will work with local case studies to evaluate what is working and identify ways to ensure future success. We will also explore capacities in your community that support collaboration. CC is rich with practical information and opportunities for networking and peer learning.

This workshop is open to South and Rural Benton County area community members and organizations serving the South and Rural Benton County area. The workshop takes place over two Saturdays. Community Collaborations is fully funded by the Ford Institute for Community Building. There is no cost to attend and meals are provided. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. After the workshop, participants and their affiliate organizations have access to a pool of coaching hours to continue the learning from the workshop.

Standard topics covered include:

  • Definition of collaboration: what does it mean to collaborate and skills needed for collaboration
  • Continuum of collaboration: cooperation, coordination, and collaboration—key differences and why they matter
  • Best and worst experiences of collaboration: draw on wisdom in the room
  • Key elements of successful collaboration: for launching and sustaining joint efforts
  • Collaboration agreements: when, why, and how to use written agreements
  • Collaboration case study: real life example—identify what worked and how to improve it
  • Identify and assess local collaborations: learn from their successes/challenges and apply that learning to our own collaborative efforts
  • Community culture and capacities: investigate and identify opportunities to strengthen collaboration

Who Should Attend?

Community Collaborations is open to South and Rural Benton County community members who are interested in learning more about and engaging in collaborative efforts in the community! It is an opportunity to gather for rich discussion, peer learning, and networking.

  • Specifically, this is a great workshop for Board members, staff, and lead volunteers of nonprofit and community service organizations. It can also be beneficial for local government, service districts, and school, health, and other local institutions.
  • We welcome and encourage more than one person from an organization to attend! This helps participants successfully bring the learning back to their organizations.

About the Presenters

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon trainer/facilitator team:
Barbara Gibbs and Paul Lipscomb

Workshop Details

Session I

Saturday April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

Session II

Saturday May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

American Legion Hall
605 Main Street

Monroe, OR 97456

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