Date of Graduation

Summer 8-11-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III


This research paper aims to evaluate the role of organizational values in partner selection for nonprofit collaboration and cross-sector partnerships. In today's complex social landscape, organizations increasingly recognize the need to collaborate across sectors to address multifaceted challenges effectively. Partner selection is a critical process in establishing successful collaborations, as it determines the alignment of values, goals, and working approaches between participating organizations. Drawing upon existing literature on collaboration and organizational values, this study seeks to investigate whether organizational values influence the partner selection process in nonprofit collaboration and cross-sector partnerships. The research will employ a single method approach to gather comprehensive data and insights. The qualitative interviews will be conducted with a select group of participants to gain deeper insights into their experiences and decision-making processes related to partner selection. By analyzing the interview transcripts, this research aims to uncover patterns, themes, and trends regarding the role of organizational values in partner selection. The findings of this research will provide valuable insights into the factors influencing partner selection decisions and shed light on the importance of organizational values in fostering successful and sustainable collaborations. It will contribute to the existing knowledge and understanding of effective partnership formation in the nonprofit and crosssector contexts. Ultimately, this research aims to contribute to the advancement of crosssector collaboration theory and practice by highlighting the significance of organizational values as a key determinant in partner selection.