OPGS facilitates the establishment of collaborative charitable and philanthropic relationships between District agencies, nonprofit, private and public sector entities and other stakeholders to advance the Mayor’s One City Action Plan and related public policy priorities. OPGS collaboration and partnership building services focuses in three areas:
- District government grantmaking agencies and their prospective grantees or sub-grantees, as well as other funders and stakeholders;
- Local and national nonprofit capacity building academic, advocate and technical assistance experts and organizations; and
- Federal, State, and White House officials who provide executive leadership and organizational development support and training to nonprofit, faith and community-based organizations.
OPGS approach to collaboration and partnership building is partially based on the four principles described by Michael Winer and Karen Ray including bringing groups together, establishing the collaboration foundation, taking action and evaluating, and allowing for creating and continuity.
OPGS plans to create and sustain a “nonprofit hub” where local nonprofits that provide work force development services can collaborate more effectively, obtain technical assistance and training, and share space in a manner to better serve the residents of the District of Columbia.
"Collaboration is working jointly with other people or organizations with which you are not immediately connected, in order to achieve a common goal." - By Michael Winer and Karen Ray authors of Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey.