In today's nonprofit climate, the ability to collaborate is a key foundational skill that can be applied to program planning or strategic planning. This class will identify best practices essential to the forming of a collaboration including crafting a shared vision, identifying mutual values and principles, and agreeing on common outcomes. In addition, participants will learn the distinction between such terms as networks, partnerships, coalitions, and collaborations based on their purpose, structure, and required leadership processes. The class will be based on an adaptation of the Collaboration Framework developed by The National Network of Collaboration based at the University of Vermont and distributed by the Administration for Children and Families to its Capacity Building Grantees. The Framework includes four initial steps: 1) defining the organizational relationship; 2) evaluating the organization's current level of involvement with potential partners; 3) identifying the shared vision, mission, and values/principles of the collaboration; and 4) recognizing the desired outcome resulting from the collaboration. Classroom materials will primarily be handouts, online videos, and articles available to the public online. There will be no textbook.