The collaboration, currently nameless (although the "Bronx Social Profit Coalition" has been floated), is the brainchild of Verona Greenland, president and CEO of Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC), and Fritz Jean, president of Mount Hope's board of directors.
"My intent is not to create a single, broad non-profit," Jean
told attendees at the first meeting in March.
"We cannot afford to lose the [identity] of our individual organizations."
said, the idea is to share resources, and to work together on certain projects to create leverage.
"It can be as little has buying from the same vendors," he
"It strengthens our buying power."
(Like CHNY, Mount Hope
has had a tough few months.
Recently they were forced to lay off seven staff members, as well as implement some salary cuts, says Jean, who became president in February.
, though, in a later telephone conversation, gave a few examples of how the collaboration might pan out.
said certain organizations might agree to apply for grants together, rather than competing for the same dollars.
Or landlords might team up to buy heating oil in bulk, he
said, so they can cut costs, and potentially pass the savings on to tenants and other homeowners in the communities they serve.
"I think the potential is tremendous," Jean