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The right partnerships can make your nonprofit that much more successful. This session will provide an overview of the different kinds of partnerships that exist within the nonprofit sector and the role that partnerships play in collective impact.

You’ll receive practical advice on hatching partnerships and leave with strategies and tools to increase the partnership capacity of your organization.

This session will be co-led by Paddy Morton, an attorney experienced in nonprofit partnerships, and Melissa Sines, a governance expert. Both presenters are with Maryland Nonprofits and Standards for Excellence Institute. They will outline steps for implementing partnerships within a collective impact game plan, including identifying partners, completing due diligence, outlining expectations, and writing MOUs and contracts.

Optional box lunch is included with your registration.

Before July 6: $90
After July 6: $125.00



Paddy Morton
Paddy MortonConsulting Attorney, Maryland Nonprofits

Padraic (“Paddy”) McSherry Morton has been providing legal services to Maryland Nonprofits’ members since 2002. Prior to her work with Maryland Nonprofits, Ms. Morton was an Associate with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP and a Law Clerk to the Honorable William M. Nickerson of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Legal consulting includes startup corporate work, transactions, contracts, mergers and structural reorganization.  Ms. Morton has served in a leadership capacity on numerous boards and community activities. Ms. Morton gained her law degree at the University Of Maryland School Of Law, J.D., 1991.  She holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown University. She is a licensed consultant with the Standards for Excellence® Institute.

Melissa Sines
Melissa SinesDirector of Education and Accreditation, Maryland Nonprofits

Melissa Sines is the Director of Education and Accreditation at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute. Melissa is responsible for developing strategy and content for Maryland Nonprofits’ and the Institute’s learning community in order to promote excellence in nonprofit management and governance and provide substantive opportunities for nonprofit leaders to connect. Melissa is an adjunct professor at Hood College in Frederick, MD, teaching nonprofit management. Melissa serves on several nonprofit learning committees, including the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit at the local level to support her Frederick nonprofit community, and at the national level, the NGEN Experience to support the leadership development programming at the Independent Sector conference. Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and is passionate about organizing people and projects to create positive social change. Melissa received her MPA from the University of Baltimore and her BA from Hood College.