Working Together More Fund (WTMF)
The Working Together More Fund (WTMF) was established to help groups wanting to work together to achieve greater results for our communities…
…as the name indicates, working together more can achieve great things to help deliver better quality, more convenient or a greater number of services for our communities.
Representatives of funders Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, J R McKenzie Trust, Todd Foundation and The Tindall Foundation came together in 2009 to discuss how they could best help NGOs to manage through the recession and into the years ahead. The funders commissioned research and consultation into collaboration and found that:
Community groups work together a lot already
Successful collaboration takes time and is not always easy
It is unlikely to work if forced
It can add significant value to groups’ effectiveness and efficiency
In October 2009, the Working Together More Fund – He Pūtea Mahi Tahi – was launched. Two years later in 2011, The Hugh Green Foundation joined the group followed by the DV Bryant Trust in 2013 and the Len Reynolds Trust in 2018.
The Working Together More Fund supports collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.
Ways organisations can collaborate
Some of the ways in which collaboration can happen are when two or more organisations:
Share physical facilities such as office space and equipment
Share ‘backroom’ services – payroll, accounting, IT etc
Share volunteers, secondment of staff
Cooperate at a planning level including allocating activities/clients to reduce duplication
Share aspects of management and/or governance
Merge to form one organisation
While a level of working together is expected as part of normal operations for all organisations, sometimes collaboration over and above ‘business as usual’ can bring significantly improved services to clients including efficiency and effectiveness gains for the organisations involved.See more