Shared Services

Space isn’t the only resource that can be shared. Across North America, organizations are emerging to help reduce the burden of back office functions on nonprofit organizations.

Shared services come in many shapes and sizes and may go by many names. Some are management support organizations, providing capacity building and professional development. Others are full service fiscal sponsorship or shared platform models, enabling nonprofits to share everything from HR and Accounting to a Tax-ID number. These high-quality, efficient service providers enable smaller nonprofits to focus on executing their mission.

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Rethinking Overhead

Through Rethinking Overhead: Daring to Share Resources, you will not only learn about the latest theories and strategies for sharing back office services. You will also read about real organizations, from across the US, that offer shared accounting, shared data management, fiscal sponsorship and more. You will hear directly from shared services customers, organizations like yours, that are finding new ways to access essential services and use their precious resources more effectively.
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A Guide to Collaborative Solutions for Nonprofits eBook

This is the first comprehensive guide for nonprofit leaders looking to create shared services programs. The topics and case studies explored in this guide are based on interviews with executives of shared services programs and knowledge we gathered through field research across the United States and Canada. Shared services and programs are a major example … Read more
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Streamlining Social Good Report

By overcoming nonprofit leaders’ fears of failure and the risks of resource sharing, organizational dynamics should shift from “doing things right” to “doing the right things”. In a world of overwhelming social problems and limited resources, nonprofits need to work differently. Resource sharing is a method to enable nonprofit leaders to get the business of … Read more
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