The second goal we intend to achieve in 2013 is to invite and engage leading U.S. businesses and nonprofit organizations with like-minded objectives to serve as strategic partners in this endeavor.

As Act #16, we commit to finding partners in line with the following:

  • Action: We will engage at least 2 strategic corporate partners and 2 strategic nonprofit partners (4 total) by June 30, 2013.
  • Rationale for Timing: This timing is based on the fact that our work undertaken in Phase I (Walk), as outlined in Act #15, involves developing key elements of our initial foundation (e.g., overall plan, funding targets, website, brochure, presentation) essential to discussions with prospective partners – and this work will not be completed until April 30. Once these are in place, the first two months of Phase 2 (Run) will be dedicated in part to introducing the program to prospective partners – and engaging these entities by June 30.
  • Business Partners: This program will offer corporations and businesses of varying sizes several avenues, channels and structural options to engage and participate in preventing school violence – in terms of factors that may include (a) type of support provided, (b) program element or campaign supported, (c) geographic area receiving the benefit of this support, (d) methods of having their employees personally involved in key program activities as part of company-sponsored pro bono engagements, and (e) opportunities for recognition. Our plan will outline several levels of corporate partner participation including the following: Corporate Contributors (100 to 500 entities), Corporate Sponsors (6 to 100 entities) and Strategic Corporate Partners (2 to 5 entities).
  • Nonprofit Partners: Our program will also form a range of formal and informal relationships of unilateral and mutual support with nonprofits whose missions relate in one way or another to preventing school violence in the United States. These areas of focus include, for example, education, mental health, law enforcement, school safety and emergency preparedness, social services, and other school-focused goals pursued by unions, research institutions, special focus groups and associations and other entities. Types of collaboration and support will range from financial grants and contributions to collaboration in grassroots organization and advocacy and policy development as well as training and awareness. This category – nonprofit partners – does not include outreach to government organizations as this represents the subject of tomorrow’s Act and blog.