Be Social Change Class: Building Partnerships with Impact

Join Be Social Change for our Makers Institute Class: Building Partnerships with Impact with Emily Chong on Wednesday, July 2nd at 6:30 PM where you’ll learn how to build partnerships that are genuine, meaningful, rewarding and creative – ones that lead to real impact for your business and the world. 

Corporations are looking for ways to align their business to great causes. A 2008 Cone Corporate Citizenship study claimed that 85% of Americans had a more positive image of a product or company when it supports a cause they care about. Your nonprofit or social enterprise could be exactly what a corporation is looking for.

An effective partnership is critical in building momentum for your business. The right partnerships can make the world of a difference. It could mean avoiding the laborious task of door-to-door fundraising, having the resources to develop the programs you want, and being able to hire the staff you need. Partnerships create new opportunities you would have never dreamed of. But similar to dating, you need to find the right corporate partner that is the perfect match for your organization.

In this class we will explore the gamut of corporate partnerships ranging from sponsorships, in-kind donations, media partnerships and more. We’ll cover everything from how to build and nurture relationships with decision makers, what kinds of partnerships to pursue for what purposes, tactics for negotiation and how to close deals. 


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• How to build the most effective partnerships for your organization’s needs

• How to develop a pitch deck

• How to negotiate a deal

• Sales tools like Contactually, Salesforce and Highrise

• Tactics for outreach and follow up

• How to develop long-term relationships

• How to assess what kinds of business development opportunities are worthwhile


• Nonprofits and social enterprises looking for funding channels

• Anyone working in business development

• Anyone who wants to create revenue for their business

• Anyone who wants to learn how to build relationships



Emily Chong (@emilychong) lives and breathes partnerships. She has built partnerships with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations. Currently the VP at The Feast Conference, she works with organizations and progressive brands to create innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. She is also an advisor to, the comprehensive online resource for collaborative consumption worldwide and a network for the global community. Before joining The Feast team, Emily was on the founding team of Catchafire as their first partnerships manager, and with One Fine Stay New York where she led marketing. Emily loves facilitating, meaningful collaborations that lead to lasting social impact. She is passionately curious about the intersection of nature, innovation and the sharing economy.

You can learn about Emily’s current work here and find out more about her background here.



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Refund Policy: Refunds can be issued in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the class by contacting Be Social Change.

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  • Ivy

    Hi! Question on the venue: Is it at CSI or at WeWork? The event brite link seems to say something different than this page...

    1 · June 25, 2014

    • Marcos S.

      Hi Ivy - It was at CSI but got rescheduled for We Work.

      July 1, 2014

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