Best Partnership Lightning Round: What It Means to Be a Good Partner

November 1, 2012

Great partnerships take a long time to build up. Today, on Day 4 of the Best Partnership Finalist Lightning Round, we learn what it means to be a good partner. Meet the respondents.

Remember -- the winner in this awards category is selected by people's choiceThis is the last week of voting so don't miss the chance to vote.

Q: List five words that describe what it means to be a good business partner with a nonprofit organization.


  • Harmless
  • Open
  • Passionate
  • Learning
  • Supportive

When you are working with a nonprofit organization, you have to be open and available especially when it comes to understanding what they can and cannot do. We didn’t want to have overarching expectations, but instead to be supportive in the space that can be covered. General Mills gets that and Merck gets that. That’s why Join My Village works so well. We didn’t spend time trying to change the program, but instead embraced its progress and set common goals for the future.

More on Merck, General Mills and CARE


  • Mission
  • Collaboration
  • Strategy
  • Communication
  • Results

More on WellPoint and Boys & Girls Clubs of America


  • Communication – Listen to what the nonprofit organization really needs and do your best to accommodate.
  • Flexibility – The landscape changes quickly when serving the less fortunate. You have to be ready for a change of plans.
  • Integrity – Be sure you’re providing support for the right reasons.
  • Generosity – You have to be willing give of your time, money and expertise to ensure a truly successful partnership.
  • Sustainability – Make sure you are helping make your nonprofit partner successful over the long term.

More on Caterpillar and First Response Team of America

Hilton Worldwide

  • Invested
  • Goal-oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Enabling
  • Communicative

More on Hilton Worldwide and Global Soap Project


  • Creative
  • Honest
  • Knowledgeable
  • Open
  • Patient

More on Intel and World Vision

Meet the Lightning Round Respondents

Michele Sullivan, VP, Caterpillar Foundation
Partner: First Response Team of America (Learn more)
Hilton Worldwide: 
Jennifer Silberman, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide
Partner: Global Soap Project (Learn more)
Luke Filose, NGO Marketing & Engagement Manager
Partner: World Vision (Learn more)
Ellen Lambert, Executive Director, Corporate Contributions and EVP, Merck Company Foundation, Merck & Co., Inc.
Partner: General Mills and CARE (Learn more)
Lance Chrisman, Executive Director, WellPoint Foundation
Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Learn more)