Pulling Together Building Coalition

Teamwork and collaboration are the essential elements of any successful project outcome. Humanity & Health Foundation (HHF) welcome businesses, companies, organizations and non-profit organization in the community, medical. education, healthcare, pharmaceutical, religious, government and the private sector. To sustain our communities, we need to work together to achieve common goals and objectives.

Benefits and Uses

Collaboration enables us to accomplish jointly something that one agency alone could not. Many funding agencies have recognized the power that collaboration can bring and are now calling for interagency collaboration as part of the criteria for grantee selection.

The following is a list of collaboration benefits:

  • Better use of scarce resources conserves limited capital.
  • Cost and effort are not duplicated. Fragmentation among services, programs, and initiatives is reduced.
  • An agency can create something in the collaboration that it could not create on its own.
  • Higher-quality, more integrated outcomes for end users.
  • Integration of diverse perspectives to create a better appreciation and understanding of the situation.
  • Improved communication among agencies, and between agencies and their constituents.
  • Increased trust and understanding among individuals and organizations.
  • The potential for organizational and individual learning.
  • Better ability to achieve important outcomes.

HHF Commitment

  1. Building understanding by fostering an exchange of information and ideas among agencies, organizations, and the public and providing a mechanism for resolving uncertainty.
  2. Providing a mechanism for effective decision making through processes that focus on common problems and build support for decisions.
  3. Generating a means of getting necessary work done by coordinating cross-boundary activities, fostering joint management activities, and mobilizing an expanded set of resources.
  4. Developing the capacity of agencies, organizations, and communities to deal with the challenges of the future.
  5. Work in collaboration with existing non-profit agencies to maximize their potential and the community overall well being
  6. Serve as a reliable resource organization in the promotion of the public’s health
  7.  Offer promotional programs that will increase the community’s awareness, prevent disease, and create a client-centered holistic care that cannot be duplicated.
  8. Offer skills enhancement development seminars and workshop for our audience, public workforce, our clients, public healthcare staff, and partner agency’s staff on a regular basis.

“Trust and confidence form the soil from which collaboration grows. The essence of collaboration is a joint effort towards a common goal, which means we are reliant on each other. If we don’t trust the other to follow through, if we don’t have confidence in the other’s abilities, it won’t work. It is as simple, and important as that.  Detailed memos of understanding won’t replace mutual trust and confidence.”  Russell Linden, 2002

HHF Checklist For Success

HHF offers the following checklist for evaluating partner’s collaborative efforts; We will,

  • Discuss the parties” interests and goals regarding the collaboration?
  • Agree that there is a compelling, shared interest that the parties want to pursue, now?
  • Feel comfortable asking questions, discussing doubts and concerns?
  • Get people at the table who can speak for all of the stakeholder organizations?
  • Consider forming a smaller core group to take on certain leadership and management tasks (if the number of people involved has grown into the double digits)?
  • Spent time in the early phases getting to know one another?
  • Periodically ask if the process is clear and if the parties are comfortable with it?

Factors For Success

As stated in the introduction, the following represents a summary of perspectives on factors contributing to success:

  • Long-term relationships with each member of the team.
  • Openness and acceptance of ideas and opinions.
  • Each person appreciates the contributions of everyone else.
  • Issues and problems are identified and resolved early and continuously, as necessary.
  • Everyone works hard to continually keep the team up to date and informed.
  • Various agencies” members appreciate the differences between them as being overall necessary and helpful.
  • Support of management demonstrated by providing guidance, training, and direction to intra-agency staff.
  • Ensure all our programs are research-based and carried out in accordance with the Public Health Ethical Principles, such as conducting programs based on Respect, Benevolence, and Justice.

Tools & Resources

The Humanity & Health Foundation has a wealth of tools and resources for managing projects, communities, and staff/volunteers training. These resources include; information on grants, fundings, various community projects worksheets and etc. It is accessible to our registered partners, staff and volunteers.

Partners Application

Humanity & Health Foundation is a non-profit organization. To be a member of the HHF Network, follow the link below to access the application form. Once received, we will schedule an appointment with you or your company to finalize your intent. Thank you for your interest.

HHF Events

Members benefit from periodic training and skills development opportunities. These events are either organized by any of our global/local partners or by the HHF. Scheduled seminars, meetings and conferences are also organized for collaborative effectiveness in our committed goals and objectives.

“Poor relationships will kill almost any alliance; without strong relationships, there’s no trust, and without trust, there will be no collaboration. When trust has been built, people are usually willing to give one another the benefit of the doubt and take small risks with each other.” (Linden, p. 94, 2002)