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Recruit Partners

How can you reach out to partners and get their commitment?

Partners need to understand who you are, what you do and why it's important. Be able to succinctly share your program mission and needs. Partners also need to understand how they can help and see that their time, expertise and resources will be valued and utilized.

  • Design a 30-60 second elevator pitch to use with partners that addresses the five Ws (who, what, when, where and why) as well as how they could help. See the next page for more tips on developing a great elevator pitch. The Creating a Program Elevator Pitch tool may also help. 
  • Ask partners what they want out of the experience, what type of commitment they are willing to make and what they can give (e.g., volunteer time, money, equipment, supplies or paid services). 
  • Use the Strengthening Partnerships Developing Effective Memorandums of Understanding tool to clearly define roles and responsibilities.

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Strategic Partnerships

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Strategic Partnerships