CSE is a small organisation with 6 full time workers. It relies on being apart of many coalitions that help us fight different aspects of the same problem. Unlike bigger product corporations most nonprofits look for ways to tackle the everyday problems of people and the environment.
One of the things I have been struck by since joining CSE is seeing the importance of networks and coalitions. All nonprofits exist to serve a specific function or purpose. This can range from those that were started by a student who saw a need in their community and decided to fulfil that, all the way to a think tank that seeks to influence specific policy within a city. CSE is one of the latter.
Despite having a smaller staff, CSE leverages its network that consists of numerous allies and memberships in other coalitions in order to come at an issue from a wholistic perspective. I have observed how small nonprofits come together and have different goals and purposes, but work together in order to influence an issue or organisation to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Other larger organisations may even buy into to the work of nonprofits and support them through grants and consultation opportunities to help impact their customers and communities. One of the key take aways from my experience at CSE is seeing that you don’t need 100 people working for you to make huge difference in your community. Often times, nonprofits are zoomed into issues and aren’t able to cater to the needs of everyone. By being cognoscenti of this, CSE and other nonprofits are able to identify their purpose and goals and those of others in order to pool their resources and make a bigger and longer lasting impact in policy changes.