Community Partnerships

The many facets of partnership

For its entire history, The Junior League has played a major role in bringing about many of the social reforms that society has needed, from advocating for vaccinations for children and de-stigmatizing alcohol abuse among women, to pushing for juvenile justice and enlisting retirees in a campaign for equity for the underserved. But we have not done this alone.

Depending on the situation or the initiative under development, we, as an Association and as individual Leagues, have relied on a spectrum of friends and allies, partners and peers, to get our job done. These collaborative configurations can take many forms and may include any of the following:  local agencies with insight into a particular community's need; a national organization with operations in many states that is aligned with individual Leagues; and international associations with goals similar to those of The Junior League. 

Interested in becoming a community partner?

Please contact Laurie Dodge, Director of Marketing & Development, at 212.951.8347 or ldodge@ajli.org

Friends in the Sector

The Assocation of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) values deeply its relationships with its peers in the independent sector. Together with them it seeks not only to improve the profile and efficiency of not-for-profits but also to advocate on behalf of the interests of the sector and the millions it serves. With its like-minded collaborators, AJLI aspires to expand the capacity of charities, institutions and other agencies to meet the needs of their clients by pushing a steady stream of well qualified leaders into the not-for-profit pipeline.

Allies at the local level

Community partners are the people and organizations within a local area who partner with an individual Junior League or groups of Leagues because they share a common goal and because they can each lend knowledge, capital, credibility, volunteers, or other resources to an initiative to make it as beneficial as possible to those it serves.

In many cases, a League partners locally with an organization, such as CASA, the Red Cross or the United Way, that has a national or international reach. Often, due to an inherent affinity in mission and goals, these organizations are able to form distinct, locally focused partnerships with individual Leagues in cities all over the AJLI network.

A legacy of collaboration

To do this important work, The Junior League has partnered with hundreds of national, international, and local not-for-profits and NGOs who know the landscape, the issues at stake, or the key players who can be tapped to be part of the solution. The Junior League then works with its partners to devise a solution to a problem that benefits the community.

Why partner with us?

A partnership with The Junior League accomplishes several objectives. First, it ensures that a program or an initiative that is needed in a community—an after-school program, mentoring for foster children, a mobile pediatric clinic—has a good chance of succeeding because it takes the interests of all stakeholders into account and applies a volunteer leadership team of negotiators, collaborators, and service providers to the task. Second, it helps the partner NGO or nonprofit get closer to fulfilling its mission.

Impactful results around the world

Every day, Junior Leagues in 292 communities in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States work alone, and in partnership with hundreds of local not-for-profit organizations and NGOs, to help build stronger communities.

To find out more . . .

If you are a nonprofit or NGO interested in partnering with a Junior League in your locality, please contact that Junior League directly. Use our Find a League search which provides contact information for each League.

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