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What should you consider in building coalitions? This NebGuide offers guidelines.

What is a Coalition?

1. A coalition is a group of organizations and individuals working together for a common purpose. There are two types of coalitions:

2. "One issue" or event coalitions only have to agree on one particular issue. The coalition is dissolved when the issue has been solved or the event has been coordinated.

"Multi issues" coalitions have related issues, such as nutrition and health, child care needs, elderly health care, or the environment. This more permanent type of coalition recognizes the value of mobilizing together for action over a longer time. To be effective the "multi issues" coalition should have a date set for work to be completed. The coalition can always be reorganized if there is still a need.