“We believe that through collaboration with Strategic Partners, we can do more to impact the lives of the vulnerable. When we partner with other organizations that share a mutual vision and mission to empower the poor, we’re able to expand our work to reach more communities and help more people escape the generational cycle of poverty.” -Thrive For Good
At The Charis Foundation, we regularly think about what we can do beyond granting that will allow our partners to become all God has called them to be and accomplish all He wants them to do. Often, this involves introducing partners to each other and encouraging collaboration and sharing best practices. With this in mind, we would like to introduce you to Thrive for Good who is a trusted organization with a partnership model that we believe could benefit many existing charities all around the world.
Thrive for Good is a not-for-profit working in 17 countries across East Africa, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia. Their mission is to train communities to grow high-nutrient, disease-fighting foods and herbs all year round, with scarce rainfall, utilizing small land plots available to community members. The Thrive model for ending hidden hunger and poverty has been proven in over 1,700 communities changing the lives of over 160,000 people forever.
Thrive has a progressive model that is simple in its methodology, yet produces incredible yields with a bio-intensive, soil regenerative approach. Over the past few years Thrive for Good has become known as a catalytic organization forming over approximately 50 partnerships with charities and organizations who can add on their train-the-trainer approach to existing initiatives. For example, Thrive has partnered with schools to cultivate nutritious gardens so that children in rural communities who are under-nourished can be fed healthy food in school. Their partnership strategy has aided in their ‘scaling for impact’ which has fueled them to 4x their impact the last 3 years. It is the growing need for food security that passionately drives them.
In one of the weekly episodes of IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders’ Podcast, James Woller, the International Executive Director for Thrive For Good, spoke about partnerships in the nonprofit sector and the impact they can have on organizations. Among other topics covered, James discussed the steps to finding the right partner, indicators of a successful partnership, why nonprofits are hesitant to partner with other organizations, how you can optimize your nonprofit to work with others, and what you need to know if you want to get started right now.