Saturday, June 19, 2004
11:05:00 AM EDT



Many nonprofit organizations form and participate in coalitions to accomplish objectives that would be difficult to achieve by themselves. There are significant advantages and considerations to forming a coalition, and the fact that they flourish is indicative of their value. The tapestry of advocacy efforts at the international, national, state, and local levels is replete with collaborative initiatives that bring together diverse interests to accomplish a common goal. As a nonprofit organization seeks to accomplish its mission, its leadership often finds the value of creating formal and informal partnerships among like-minded organizations.


A coalition is a group of diverse organizations that join together to accomplish a specific set of objectives that are likely to be achieved more quickly and effectively than if the organizations acted independently. There are many types of coalitions, and the structure is often dictated by political as well as financial considerations.


The USCF has a working coalition with the U.S. Chess Trust and is investigating the beginnings of a partnership with the AF4C. Exploring this concept further could be of use to the USCF in itsí strategic planning process if the organization wishes to reconsider itself as a federation of nonprofits allied to achieve the growth of chess in America.