Collaboration – Beginnings and Endings

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 1:00‒2:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute; Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute; and Linda Mollenhauer, Ignite NPS


Collaboration has become a core way of working for non-profit organizations, requiring diverse organizations and individuals to come together and agree to work on a common issue or approach. There is typically a convening organization that hosts the initial conversation about collaboration or takes the lead in inviting others to the table. Engaging in collaboration, however, is often done with little consideration about the resources or impact on the organization.

In this webinar, Linda Mollenhauer of Ignite NPS joins Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy to explore considerations for effectively launching, sustaining, renewing and ending collaborations. The conversation will consider how non-profits can build readiness internally to be effective collaborators. This webinar will also focus on tools and strategies for effectively ending a collaboration and highlight the importance of rituals, reflection processes and celebration to ensure partners feel their contributions have been honoured.

You will be invited to share your collaboration success stories and, together, we will review tools to enhance effective collaboration efforts including the collaboration spectrum, partner recruitment strategies and how to build a compelling common and shared agenda. Join Linda, Liz, and Sylvia for a lively hour of dialogue as we explore the importance of beginnings and endings as part of the collaboration cycle. 


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Linda Mollenhauer, chair, Ignite NPS

Linda Mollenhauer is the Chair of Ignite NPS, a foundation committed to igniting new ways of working in the nonprofit sector and was co-lead of the Reimagining Governance Lab, a collaboration with the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN).

Linda led a consulting practice for over 20 years working with funders and non-profit organizations. In collaboration with others, she has published several resources focused on non-profit excellence and collaboration. These include Trends and Forces Reshaping Nonprofit Organizations; Board Oversight of Not-for-Profit Collaboration (CPA); Benchmarks of Excellence for the Voluntary Sector; A Framework for Success for Nonprofit Federations; and Collaboration Coach.

Prior to her consulting practice, Linda was CEO of Imagine Canada. She has a master’s degree in communications from Boston University.


Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver, co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute, where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre focused on advancing community change leadership.

The Tamarack Learning Centre promotes five strategic interconnected practices including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact.

Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum. Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues.


Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia Cheuy, consulting director of Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia Cheuy is the consulting director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future.

Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected, they become powerful drivers of community change.

Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding executive director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. This experience gives Sylvia practical knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to engage and mobilize positive community change. 


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