There are many different ways for a nonprofit organization to invest in overhead services. Which path will create the greatest benefits for your organization and the community you serve.

Executive Summary

Shared services strategies are creating new opportunities for nonprofit organizations to access overhead job functions more efficiently. Through shared services, organizations collaborate to jointly access the expertise of staff members, contracted service providers and fiscal sponsors. Participants benefit from access to higher quality services and increased time and focus on mission-related activities.

Organizations that participate in shared services also collaborate to create positive outcomes beyond the services themselves, including community impact, capacity building, increased trust and reduced risk. Throughout Rethinking Overhead, The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) identified four emerging models of shared services: connective mechanisms, management support organizations (MSOs), joint contracting and fiscal sponsorship. These models will continue to evolve, adapt and further diversify as interest and awareness in shared services grows and more organizations seek to participate.

What is the Future of Nonprofit Shared Services?

Discussion of how nonprofit shared services have and will continue to develop and change in the future.

The Future of Nonprofit Shared Services in Action

Rainier Valley Corps (RVC) promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Participating Organization Perspective

Faisa Farole, Executive Director of Somali Doulas Northwest, describes the organization's experience with shared services and as a RVC partner organization.

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