November 9, 2023

Episode #83: Make the Most of Corporate Partnerships with Alyson Gallaher

In this episode, Tobi and guest Alyson Gallaher dive into the world of corporate-nonprofit collaborations. They shed light on the changing dynamics of corporate partnerships, emphasizing the significance of demonstrating impact, preparing for successful partnerships, and building lasting relationships with corporate partners for mutual benefit. Tune in as they share practical insights and provide tips for engaging volunteers through corporate partnerships. Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, a corporate professional, or a volunteer enthusiast, this episode will provide valuable strategies for creating impactful collaborations and maximizing the benefits for both parties involved.

Corporate Partnerships – The Potential for Win-Win Collaborations

Forging strong partnership between a corporation and a nonprofit be mutually beneficial, both in terms of achieving social impact and advancing the corporation’s business goals. The benefits non-profits are vast including cultivating long-term relationships with volunteers for potential committee or board roles, donor development and long-term relationships, and aligning missions and goals for shared community impact that can have greater reach for both entities.

Corporate Partnerships – Preparing to Succeed

When preparing for a potential corporate partnership, it helps for nonprofits to adopt a realistic mindset and a  long-term perspective, be willing to learn and understand resources and planning, recognize the importance of having organized and clear communication for engaging volunteers, and be prepared with a wish list for immediate volunteer contributions.

If you’re ready to explore new ways to engage the business community in your mission, this episode is for you.

Corporate Partnerships – Show Highlights

00:22.8  Tobi introduces Alyson Gallaher
09:14.8  How did Alyson get into volunteering?
13:02.7  Defining corporate partnerships
17:25.0  Some highlights of corporate partnerships
26:57.5  The mindsets are helpful when developing and maintaining corporate partnerships
34:44.2  How nonprofits can better prepare for corporate partnerships
43:42.8  On the nonprofit side, what questions should be asked or what should be looked for to decide if it is a good fit
48:12.6  Advice for starting with corporate partnerships
50:20.4  Demonstrating the impact of corporate partnerships
54:33.5  Where are corporations at and where are they headed?
57:39.5  What is Alyson most excited about in the year ahead?
59:11.3  How to find Alyson

Corporate Partnerships – Quotes from the Episode

“Know what your ongoing needs are. So, what do you need a regular volunteer for? Have a running list of that.”

“Having an Amazon wish list which a lot of organizations already have…is something you can connect them to immediately.”

“Does your mission and your work align with their pillars? Like, does it make sense? Are you aligned? You know, if you’re not, I think that’s a tougher that’s a really tough sell to a workforce to get involved with an organization that doesn’t make any sense for them.”

“Start with the people that you already have relationships with. So start with a corporate, you know, if you already have a company that’s sponsoring your luncheon or your Halloween event, start there.”

“Ask as many questions of the company as you can because you want to know where they are. You want to know what can I craft for them that makes the most sense that it delivers on what they’re looking for? But within reason for you. You have to be able to deliver on it, too.”

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