Be-Atzmi fosters collaborations and partnerships, some of which are short-term and others long-term (See list of partnerships).
Such widespread collaborations enable us to pool the partners’ existing knowledge and experience, increase and develop the financial resources available to our different activities, and create an impact sphere comprised of all the agencies and organizations involved in employment promotion. The participants in our employment programs also see the value in working together and benefit from the enhanced and more broad-based solutions we offer them.
The principles underlying partnership management at Be-Atzmi
Identifying a need and recognizing value: collaborations or partnerships are forged as a means to advance Be-Atzmi’s objectives and those of its partners. When exploring a potential partnership, it is necessary to define the need it is destined to meet as well as the added value that each partner brings to the table.
Shared responsibility: the parties share responsibility for managing the partnership and for addressing challenges and results. Be-Atzmi considers itself responsible for the professional aspects of the partnership based on the designated target audience, as well as the professional outcomes.
Control, evaluation and reporting mechanisms: to maximize our shared responsibility, notification, control and reporting mechanisms are apllied. Output and result measures and professional evaluation of the programs are examined regularly and at forums held for this purpose.
Work methods and management mechanisms: these include, among other things, setting up professional forums, drafting work procedures for making systemic decisions, oversight processes, control and evaluation reports, and steering committees.
Professionalism, transparency and mutual respect: ascertaining that these values are not compromised facilitates the development of optimal and productive work relationships and the investment of personal and professional resources to advance the participants in our programs.
The types of partnerships that Be-Atzmi maintains
Partnerships with local authorities
Our programs are run in partnership with municipal agencies (in over 90 cities, local councils, and regional councils). These partnerships aim to augment and streamline the services provided by the local authority to its residents, in which all the relevant professional agencies in the city/town are involved (e.g. social services, employment services, youth centers, citywide roundtables, etc.).
Partnerships with social change organizations
To offer enhanced solutions to our program participants. Be-Atzmi partners with interfacing and complementary organizations, such as Paamonim (who work on improving financial management skills) or Latet Atid (who enhances the entrepreneurial skills). Be-Atzmi also partners with other organizations in order to introduce or amend policies. This includes our leading role in the Israeli Forum for Diversity Hiring, which is engaged in promoting workforce diversity in the business community, or the Collective Impact initiative, which seeks to create a fundamental change in how prominent employers view the hiring of Arabs.
Be-Atzmi is adept at managing partnerships between the public sector, philanthropic foundations and partner associations, and promotes cross-sector partnerships. Our partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services and the Ted Arison Family Foundation is a prime example of an effective cooperation, currently implemented in the Employment Empowerment program spearheaded by the Ministry. Another example can be found in the Hevra LeMa’an Hevra project (initially developed by Be-Atzmi and OREX-Carestream Ltd. in Yokneam), under which a business organization helps the community by facilitating, mentoring and supporting our program participants during their job search.
Partnerships with donors from the corporate and philanthropy sectors
Be-Atzmi spearheads collaborations with several donors from the corporate sector in Israel, as well as private donors and philanthropic foundations from Israel and abroad. In addition to ongoing reporting of results and evaluation outcomes, we also view the donors and their representatives as our partners: we familiarize them with the key elements of our professional operations, and update and consult with them about matters of shared concern, either when reaching significant professional crossroads or at steering committee meetings.
Partnerships with government offices in the framework of public bids and RFPs
Much of our work is the result of winning government bids. For example, Be-Atzmi was entrusted with the professional management of two of the most important employment programs in the country, Eshet Chayil and Employment Empowerment, after winning government bids. We also view these bids as another means to develop the professional services provided to our program participants. Furthermore, they broaden the awareness that government offices have about employment issues, and can potentially impact policy initiatives at the different levels. Thanks to winning the Employment Empowerment bid and our joint work with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Be-Atzmi was also able to promote occupational social work as a practice specialization in Israel, which has now been incorporated in a variety of social services.
The Prime Minister’s Office
Be-Atzmi belongs to a select group of social change organizations that were chosen to participate in a cross-sector roundtable at the Prime Minister’s Office, mandated with formulating policy ideas and shaping the relations between the three sectors – public, corporate and social. The roundtable discussions join representatives from the tri-sectors: one-third from the public sector, one-third from the social sector, and one-third are associated with the corporate sector. The discussions also examine the optimal way to incorporate the unique capacities of the different organizations in broad-based and diverse initiatives.