You share the ride with others and together build economies of scale and purchasing power by jointly choosing and contracting with a service provider.

Executive Summary

Joint Contracting involves two or more nonprofit organizations that collaborate to issue a shared request for services and contract a service provider. Alternatively, one organization may convene a cohort of organizations, with similar service needs, to establish a joint contract with a service provider. Jointly contracted services may be provided by private sector firms, individual consultants, public agencies or nonprofit organizations with a mission related to offering shared services.

Joint contracting requires the development of a written agreement to describe the scope of work, timeline for completion, compensation and benefits, staffing model and other details that define how the work will be completed. Organizations engage in joint contracting to develop economies of scale and purchasing power, gain from operating efficiencies and increase access to higher quality services.

What is Joint Contracting?

Learn how joint contracting is structured, and how it functions as a shared service.

Joint Contracting in Action

The Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) offers the opportunity for its members to opt into joint contracting cohorts to use their collective buying power to access higher quality services. 

Participating Organization Perspective

Ann Gaash, Executive of Family Wise, describes the organization's experience with shared services and as a member of MACC.

Discussion Questions

Learn what questions you should ask about your organization and community to know if joint contracting is an appropriate option for you.

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