The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) launched the Brokering Better Partnerships initiative in 2018 and will support it through to the end of 2020. The purpose of the program is to create professional training and networking opportunities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) that contribute to helping cities achieve their climate goals while also supporting other important public goals. Leveraging world-class training capacity represented by the international Partnership Brokers Association, TAF is offering an opportunity for practitioners to gain partnership brokering training and to connect with a solid regional network of peers working to support multi-sectoral partnerships.
The GTHA Partnership Brokers Community of Practice, launched in December 2017, provides quarterly opportunities to bring together partnership and collaboration practitioners to share experience and challenges and hone their own partnership efforts. Participants co-develop the findings from these meetings into a living set of Partnership Brokering resources informed by local insights and actions.
Partnership Brokering Training: In collaboration with the Partnership Brokering Association, TAF will host in-depth, four-day training intensives twice annually in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The sessions will be taught by two accredited trainers. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will become Partnership Brokering Association alumni and gain access to leading edge online resource materials.
Partnership Brokering Accreditation: Graduates of the Partnership Brokering Training will be eligible to access follow-on sessions to gain professional partnership broker accreditation. TAF will seek out and support candidates to broaden the roster of accredited trainers in the GTHA in order to create more cost-effective training opportunities for climate solutions practitioners.
TAF’s Social Innovation Skills Fund: Approved for 2018 and 2019, this special funding opportunity offers partial bursaries to climate-focused organizations interested in partnership brokering and other training opportunities.
We seek collaborators to:
- Co-host and support our quarterly Community of Practice events, providing space and/or supporting the cost of refreshments and supplies;
- Enhance the Social Innovation Skills Fund to help offset the cost of training for climate solutions collaborators who lack the resources to pay the full cost;
- Gather and share good local examples of how partnership and collaboration create improved outcomes;
- Help identify or create useful partnership evaluation metrics, and
- Enable ongoing professional partnership brokering training opportunities in the GTHA.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to contribute to one of the above collaboration opportunities.