Health / Nonprofit Sector

Connecting with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs): Learning from Failure and Success

April 5, 2024

Erin Heilman connected with NFF's Meadow Didier and Brian Kellaway about the challenges many community-based organizations (CBOs) face when partnering with hospitals, as well as solutions and tools for more effective partnerships between CBOs and health systems. 

Among the challenges cited were:

  • Newer, smaller CBOs led by people of color are often excluded
  • Because of how they're funded, CBOs often lack data and technology expertise 
  • A lack of funding for indirect costs means tough choices for CBOs

NFF's Partnership for Assessment Tool for Health (PATH) can help establish and strengthen relationships between CBOs and health systems as they navigate these challenges.