Forming Partnerships to Meet Administrative Needs of Youth-Serving Organizations
Youth-serving organizations have come under increasing pressure to do more with less in the wake of the economic downturn. Many organizations are using strategies such as accessing untapped revenues, cutting costs, and building administrative partnerships to weather the decline. Sharing administrative services through an administrative partnership has become a more widely used strategy in recent years. Administrative partnerships involve the collaborative use of resources, including staff, equipment, program resources, and/or physical space. This strategy is one that youth-serving organizations can use to help them become more sustainable. In this brief, the authors explore the options available to youth programs to meet their back-office needs by establishing administrative partnerships. Their discussion covers the reasons why nonprofit organizations form an administrative partnership, the different types of administrative partnerships that may be formed, the administrative services that can be shared or outsourced, and the key considerations for determining whether to form an administrative partnership.