The Stride Center is fortunate to work with of some of our sector’s most discerning and supportive partners. Our funding partners provide essential financial support and, in some cases technical support; our training partners collaborate with us to deliver our programs to their communities and our business partners work with us on multiple levels, from funding to employment. We recognize that our expanding partnerships reflect the respect and strong reputation the Stride Center has earned.
Since 1999, The Stride Center has built a value chain to transform lives of the underserved. Its value chain is built through collaboration with partners, including enrollment, community, professional development, training and employer partners to create shared values for our clients who can make a commitment to participate in ICT workforce of 21st Century.
Partnerships among nonprofits, and between for-profits and nonprofits, are among the best innovations that are driven by in tough economy. The benefits include cost efficiencies, revenue opportunities for nonprofits, more sustainable nonprofit organizations, and better services for communities in addressing vital issues in education, healthcare, and economic development. Furthermore, according to a study from Cone Communications, a public relations and marketing agency specializing in cause branding and corporate responsibility, an overwhelming 94 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands, about equal in price and quality, to one that supports a social issue. Cone’s research also shows that:
62% of consumers say they already have purchased a cause-related product in the past year.
81% of consumers say they would donate to a charity supported by a company they trust, if given the opportunity. In other words, the endorsement factor works both ways.
Americans expect companies to address issues that affect the quality of life locally and advance economic development, such as Starbucks’Create Jobs for USA campaign, this campaign has differentiated Starbucks from the competition and given it an edge to communicating brand values during a struggling economy. For companies, the message is clear with consumer expectations higher than ever, it is critical for brands to support causes and demonstrate meaningful impact on important social issues.
Through its partnerships The Stride Center plays its role in the value chain that benefits from everyone’s effort, and adds depth and breadth to our community impact. Our definition of a partnership is “a collaborative relationship between entities working to create shared values, and distinguishes its partnerships from other forms of aid relationships.
The Stride team activtely participates in numerous partnerships that provide support to our students from safety net services to long term self sufficiency. Partnerships include SparkPoint Centers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Wardrobe for Opportunity, Progress Richmond, Success Concord, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Richmond and Oakland WIBs, Oholne Community College, The English Center, San Pablo Economic Development Corp., West Contra Costa Reentry Resource Center and many more.