What is a Coalition?
A coalition is a group of organizations and individuals working together for a common purpose. There are two types of coalitions:
1."One issue" or event coalitions only have to agree on one particular issue. The coalition is dissolved when the issue has been solved or the event has been coordinated.
2. "Multi issues" coalitions have related issues, such as nutrition and health, child care needs, elderly health care, or the environment. This more permanent type of coalition recognizes the value of mobilizing together for action over a longer time. To be effective the "multi issues" coalition should have a date set for work to be completed. The coalition can always be reorganized if there is still a need.
The Value of Coalitions
Coalition building is needed when one organization recognizes it alone does not have the technical capability or people power to have a real impact on an issue.
Coalitions assist in:
Analyze Your Own Organization Before You Begin
The self-interests of your own organization should be analyzed before asking other groups to join a coalition.
Ask yourselves these questions:
If You Join a Coalition, What Are You Promising?
Troubleshooting problems as an ongoing effort increases the chances for successful coalition building. The following rules for commitment should help keep all groups on the same track.
Getting Started with a Plan
Certain tasks must be carried out by a coalition, regardless of the type, in order for it to function efficiently.
from "A Process for Building Coalitions" by Dr. Georgia L. Stevens
with modifications by the editor.]
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