Best Partnership Lightning Round: What It Means to Be a Good Partner
Q: List five words that describe what it means to be a good business partner with a nonprofit organization.
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.
- 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.
Meet the Lightning Round Respondents
Michele Sullivan, VP, Caterpillar Foundation
Partner: First Response Team of America (Learn more)
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)