The funding, skills, and experiences required to significantly improve our world are segmented and/or not fully tapped. The vehicles through which resources are joined and applied toward critical societal concerns are varied, often embodied in philanthropic giving, voluntarism, and community relations initiatives. These approaches have built goodwill, and strengthened nongovernmental organizations that provide various services and initiatives. However, vast global inequities remain, and social challenges have become increasingly complex.
In the face of this complexity, ideas and approaches to philanthropy have become more strategic, placing greater emphasis on the actual changes resulting from funded efforts. Additionally, the roles and expectations of the corporate sector and various industries have expanded. Today, greater global impact requires a strategic combination of philanthropy and partnerships that includes the coordinated participation of government, foundations, corporations, universities, and any range of other institutions and industries.
A flattening, shrinking world has made interdependence a reality of the twenty first century. We see growing agreement that it takes a coordinated effort, involving multiple actors, to successfully address shared global concerns, such as poverty, disease, hunger, and climate change. For example, we know that, in any major city, wide networks – government, universities, corporations, hospitals, community-based organizations, and others – are required to forge a vibrant environment. As such, strong partnerships are necessary in order to effect significant positive change.
While our shared interests are evident, the instruments and vehicles needed to promote collaborative efforts are not well understood and, in many cases, have yet to be formed. Forging partnerships, much less sustaining them, remains difficult. Since we are all accustomed to working within our defined sectors and fields, we are not automatically capable of engaging in cross-sector partnerships. Despite the challenge, the beauty of partnerships is that once they are formed, they stand to produce continuously.
In the role of a partnership catalyst, Marga brings both expertise and an informed set of eyes to the task of seeding, growing, and nurturing partnerships and alliances that last. Marga provides guidance, strategic thinking, facilitation, research, coordination, and administration. Marga helps make the most of what we have for purposes greater than any one of us.
The resources required to make vast societal improvements are all around us. How to make those resources work together for the greater good is the most challenging piece of the puzzle. Marga helps its clients navigate this complex terrain and arrive at pathways sensible to all parties involved. By helping a wide variety of stakeholders – from foundations to businesses to nonprofits and universities – strengthen common bonds and shape mutually beneficial strategies in order to produce results, Marga is playing a central role in connecting pathways for the common good.