Networking happens when individuals or groups come together to share information or resources or get to know each other. It is a gathering of information and people all for a common purpose. For non-profit advocates with limited resources, networking helps to expand the available resources. Coalitions are similar, but they’re more action oriented. A coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest working together toward a common goal. To help disability advocates network and build coalitions, the Disability Advocacy Support Hub (DASH) has put together a resource toolkit on networking and coalition building. DASH is a project of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania through a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.
Most of the links take you to publications developed by other organizations. Inclusion does not constitute endorsement of any other organizations. We hope these publications will help you to become actively involved in making a difference for people with disabilities in your community and on the state and national levels.
For questions or concerns about this toolkit, please contact Lan Do, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, at Ldo@drnpa.org, 800-692-7443 ext. 312 (voice), 877-375-7139 (TDD).
The What, Why, and How of Coalition Building
Community Organizing Video by DASH
Maintaining a Coalition
Other Resources for Coalition Building
Advocacy University documents and links to Coalition Building from American Library Association
Coalition Building Blocks Worksheet by Englin Consulting, LLC
Community Organizing by Disability Rights Network of PA
Action Strategies for Effective Coalitions from the National Council on Disability
IMPORTANT: This publication is for general informational purposes only. This publication is not intended, nor should be construed, to create an attorney-client relationship between the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) and any person. Nothing in this publication should be considered to be legal advice.
PLEASE NOTE: For information in alternative formats or in a language other than English, contact DRN at 800-692-7443, Ext. 400; TDD: 877-375-7139; or email@example.com.