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Building and Maintaining Partnerships - Documents to Download

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Building and Maintaining Partnerships

Overview  |  Guides  |  Campus Examples  |  Documents to Download






Handouts and Resources 








  • Community Engagement Opportunities Form — this is a four-page form to be used with community partners to brainstorm possible community engagement opportunities.  The first page asks basic information on the community partner organization.  The second page provides space for describing two direct service opportunities.  The third and fourth pages provide space for identifying and describing possible capacity building project opportunities grouped in five categories:
    • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
    • Program Development and Training
    • Fundraising
    • Communication
    • Research


  • Capacity Building Project Request Profiles Form (draft) — this form contains a series of questions to help you to:
    • define more specific capacity building project being requested, including the due date;
    • assist in recruiting faculty and students who can take on these projects as part of a course or internship or Bonner placement; and,
    • provide additional project parameters that will clarify the project type, requirements, and support structure. 





University–community (U-C) partnerships have the potential to respond to society’s most pressing needs through engaged scholarship. Despite this promise, partnerships face paradoxical tensions and inherent contradictions that are often not fully addressed in U-C partnership models or frameworks, or in practice. This article seeks to explore the root causes of tensions from a historical and structural perspective, reexamining traditional models of U-C partnership collaborations. Organizational ideas of paradox and strategic contradiction are then presented as a new lens through which to see and influence collaborative work. A framework for modifying current U-C partnership models is introduced, along with a discussion of limitations and implications for research and practice.


  • Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit OrganizationsThis report may interest some of you who are thinking about moving towards assessing impact on organizations and communities. It includes several case studies of nonprofits and a Capacity Assessment Grid (page 77).   


  • Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer.  (published in Stanford Social Innovation Review).  This article covers the framework for collective impact, which we are utilizing for the High-Impact Initiative and which addresses the creation of social and community impact measures across organizations.


Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education demonstrates how colleges and universities can enhance the engagement of their students, faculty, and institutional resources in their communities. This volume features strategies to make this work deep, pervasive, integrated, and developmental, qualities recognized by the Carnegie Classification guidelines and others in higher education as best practice. The chapters share perspectives, frameworks, knowledge, and practices of more than a dozen institutions of higher education that practice community engagement in sustained ways, drawing on their connections to more than two decades' experience in the Bonner Foundation network. Perspectives from these campuses and respected scholars and practitioners in the field present proven models for student leadership and development, sustained partnerships, faculty engagement, institutionalization of campus centers, and changes to teaching and learning.




This article delves into some strategies for colleges and universities to address the economic, employment, and development needs of neighboring communities.  The ideas here may particularly help campuses who are working on creating community centers and hubs for linking high-impact practices and community engagement.





This article explores the challenges of working collaboratively with community partners to reframe scholarship, teaching and learning.  It presents many helpful critiques and considerations for language.  This article may be especially helpful as teams explore how to bring partners and faculty together on projects.