Tips for Building Partnerships for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 17, 2009
Below are some tips and ideas on how to build partnerships with other organizations for your National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event or activity. Creating a partnership will give you access to resources that may not be available through your own organization. Collaborating with another organization may also help you reach more people and gain greater media attention. For example, an organization that focuses on HIV/AIDS may want to partner with a local hospital to offer free screenings. Partners can help you publicize your event, provide an event venue, offer additional HIV/AIDS resources, disseminate information and provide volunteers at your event. Here are some organizations you may want to consider reaching out to:
How Do I Find Organizations in My Community to Partner With?
Go online and do some research! You can also check your local newspapers for organizations that are holding events similar to the event that you want to hold. Or ask coworkers if they have contacts outside of your organization that may be interested. Attending conferences and fairs to gauge what other organizations are in your community is another idea.
How Do I Reach Out to Other Organizations?
Once you have done some research and identified organizations in your community to team up with for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it's time to reach out to them. Find contact information on their Web site or in the phone book and give them a call or send a letter or e-mail explaining why they should be a part of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Mention your event and why you think they would fit as a partner (refer back to the possible partner's mission statement, past activity, etc.). Following-up with a phone call is essential.
If the organization expresses interest, set up a call or face-to-face meeting to discuss the possibilities. Make sure you have some ideas already thought out and don't forget to provide background about you/your organization and a fact sheet about the event and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to educate the potential partner on the mission and objective of the partnership. Remember, this is a mutual partnership, so both organizations should be benefiting from the relationship.
Once an agreement has been made, keep clear communication as the event approaches. Monthly, weekly, or daily phone calls, emails, and/or meetings should be arranged to make sure all tasks are completed and everyone is on the same page.
Once the event is over, make sure you thank your partner and keep the door open for future partnership opportunities (if all goes well!).
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This article was provided by U.S. Public Health Service's Office on Women's Health.