[PODCAST] Moving from Nonprofit Competition to Collaboration

Moving from Nonprofit Competition to Collaboration

In this episode, we speak with Peter Greer about the power of collaboration in the nonprofit space.

Peter shares insight from his book Rooting for Rivals: how nonprofits can multiply their impact by collaborating rather than competing with others:

Ray Kroc (the founder of McDonald’s) and Robert Mondavi (“the father of Napa Valley”) modeled two starkly different attitudes toward industry rivals. One favored ruthless competition while the other valued open-handed collaboration. Lessons from these for-profit leaders, combined with insights from the nonprofit sector, offer wisdom for those who lead and work within the nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector can be a surprisingly competitive sphere. Still, Peter argues that nonprofits’ needs demand good collaborative solutions. Nonprofits in any sector will benefit from the reminder that their fellow nonprofits are their co-laborers, not their rivals.



Peter Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE International. Peter’s favorite part of his job is spending time with the entrepreneurs HOPE serves—whether harvesting coffee with farmers in Rwanda, dancing alongside savings groups in Haiti, or visiting the greenhouses of entrepreneurs in Ukraine. Prior to HOPE, he worked in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe and received a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. In his spare time, he has co-authored 14 books, including Mission Drift, Rooting for Rivals, and most recently, The Gift of Disillusionment. He lives with his wife, Laurel, and their four children in Lancaster, PA.

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Delaney Mullennix, MPA

Delaney joined the Nonprofit Hub team in 2021, leading strategic partnerships, and now serves as the Executive Director. She helps to manage and sustain the organization's growing national presence, modern partnership profile, and highly trafficked educational media platform. Delaney plays a major role in curating and creating educational content with a network of innovative nonprofit service, product providers, and professionals that empower organizations to go from good to growth. Delaney got her master's degree in nonprofit management and administration from Grand Valley State University, where she served on the executive board of the Nonprofit Professionals Graduate Student Organization. She's an alumna of Michigan DECA and serves as a competitive event judge to help evaluate high school students' marketing and management skills. You can find her jet-setting to a new place in her free time, volunteering for a good cause, and exploring the great outdoors.

February 10, 2023

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