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New Car Words

January 22, 2013

PARTNERSBuying a new car is super fun, but it’s an endeavor that requires a little prep.

Before you meet your enthusiastic salesman, you might arrive armed with a set of words describing what you are not willing to compromise on with your purchase.

Automatic. Safe. Fuel efficient. Dark seats to cover up inevitable spills.

Are you just as deliberate about choosing a new nonprofit partner?

Let’s face it, you also want a partnership to be fun. It’s more likely to be that way when you know the “new car words” that are right for your nonprofit before you get too far into the exploration.

The best nonprofit collaborations are carefully crafted with those who share similar values, but clearly, that’s not enough. Mutual trust is also a biggie. Clear expectations can be just as important. And the act of partnering itself should make each player more than it could be alone.

We’re hoping your organization will consider working with a business or another nonprofit to build awareness, funding and capacity during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge.

Discover or revisit your “new car words” and use them. It’s a good discussion to have, and one that will help you make a great decision when others approach you as well.

The Giving Challenge can offer the right circumstance for a test drive with a local business or nonprofit you haven’t worked with in the past. Be intentional and then enjoy a smooth drive down the highway of possibilities! It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

-Susie Bowie
Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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