In recent years, disability nonprofits have increasingly recognized the need to move away from a reliance on government funding and have sought out a more diverse, sustainable revenue model as they increasingly appreciate that government/public funding models alone do not have sufficient resources to fully address the needs of people with disabilities and their families.
Partnerships between nonprofit and private sector organizations can help strengthen service delivery to people with disabilities and their families and promote social inclusion. During the past few years, The Arc has created a national partnership with Comcast Universal, one of our nation’s top companies. A key part of this partnership has been working together to support Comcast Cares Day – a yearly celebration where Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer with community partners to make a lasting impact in their communities. In 2018, Comcast NBCUniversal expected more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in 1,000 projects around the world. Over the past few years, several chapters of The Arc have begun to take part in this day of volunteering.
In this session, speakers from Comcast NBCUniversal and chapters of The Arc will discuss how this partnership around Comcast Cares Day and the larger partnership between The Arc and Comcast NBCUniversal has helped each partner achieve their mission and promote social inclusion. Our speakers will also provide tips and suggestions to other professionals on how to overcome obstacles related to creating and sustaining partnerships, including:
• Finding the “right fit” with businesses so that these partnerships meet business needs and goals as well as advance social inclusion for people with I/DD,
• Developing relationships beyond simple financial sponsorship, and
• Nurturing and sustaining partner relationships over time.