2011 Semifinalists

Twenty outstanding collaborations were selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Collaboration Prize.

Adoption Coalition of Texas, Austin, Texas, Working with the Austin Community Foundation and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, five child-placing agencies join forces to increase the number of children moved from foster care to permanent homes.

Aris Solutions, White River Junction and Springfield, Vermont, An administrative services corporation is formed to provide back-office support to two founding member agencies and six contractual partners in Vermont and New Hampshire, and fiscal intermediary services to the State of Vermont.

Chicago Cultural Alliance, Chicago, Illinois, Twenty-seven core members and 11 partner institutions create an organization to provide programmatic and administrative services to its members and to promote social change and public understanding of cultural diversity.

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Community Voice Mail Federation, Seattle, Washington, This national collaborative of human services organizations helps people living in crisis, poverty, or transition rebuild their lives by connecting them via telecommunications services to jobs, housing, and information.

Feed More, Inc.
, Richmond, Virginia, The merger of Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Central Virginia Food Bank expands services and more effectively and efficiently fights hunger.

Genesee Valley Health Partnership, Dansville, New York, Two major health networks merge to create partnerships among 42 rural health and human services providers in order to improve health care and health status of residents of Livingston Co.

Graduate! Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, This collaboration among workforce and economic development organizations and institutions of higher education is marshalling resources to create lasting systemic change and increase the number of adults completing a college degree.

Gulf Coast Consortia, Galveston and Houston, Texas, University partners tackling human health challenges design a collaborative approach to initiate and maintain multi-institutional training programs, purchase and share costly equipment and facilities necessary for advanced research, and encourage and facilitate exchange of novel scientific knowledge.

ideastream, Cleveland, Ohio, This merger of public radio and television organizations leverages technical, creative, and financial resources to apply the power of public media to education, culture, and citizenship in Northeast Ohio.

MACC CommonWealth Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Six human services providers form a shared management services organization (MSO) to provide financial, human resources, and information technology services, and promote efficiency and best practice principles among its members. This MSO is now serving an additional 13 members and moving “upstream” from administrative services to core mission activities.

MARC Custom Medical Products, Fletcher, North Carolina, Community rehabilitation organizations serving western North Carolina create a self-sustaining, socially responsible, and innovative medical manufacturing partnership providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Merger of Network for Good and Groundspring
, Bethesda, Maryland, A merger of two nonprofits combining complementary strengths to increase charitable giving and efficiency through a robust platform for online giving and associated support services for users.

Northern Sierra Partnership, San Francisco, Truckee, and Quincy, California, Five local and national conservation organizations join forces to leverage their strengths and expertise to more effectively protect the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada.

Plays for Young Audiences, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and Seattle Children’s Theatre create an organization dedicated to developing quality scripts that bring relevant, topical, and timely material to young audiences.

Sunset Park Alliance for Youth, Brooklyn, New York, Youth serving organizations serving the Sunset Park neighborhood join together to create an integrated service-delivery model, a centralized database to track services, and coordinate training for teachers, caseworkers, and job developers.

The Children’s Trust of South Carolina, Columbia and Chapin, South Carolina, Four agencies merge to consolidate operations, mobilize resources, and form one unified voice for children and families in South Carolina.

The Tessitura Network, St. Petersburg
, Florida, Early arts and culture adopters of Tessitura software create an organization to further the support and development of this robust platform designed to create a fully integrated database for ticketing, fundraising, marketing, reporting, customer relationship management, and web transactions.

The WAICU Collaboration Project, Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Kenosha, Ashland, Ripon, and De Pere, Wisconsin, Twenty private colleges and universities involved in the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) create the WAICU Collaboration Project to perform all administrative support functions of the member institutions, improving efficiency and yielding millions of dollars in cost savings for its members.

Well City Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, A partnership among nonprofits that pools human and financial resources to motivate and support employers in delivering result-oriented wellness programs, manage health care expenditures through disease prevention, and create a new norm of wellness throughout the community.

Westside Infant-Family Network
, Venice and Culver City, California, Organizations serving children and families fill a significant service gap and forge a collaborative approach to provide culturally sensitive, bilingual mental health care for children (prenatal through three) and their families.