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Cooperation Opportunities

Whether as a Collaborator, Partner, Grantor,
Donor, or Volunteer, there are many
cooperation opportunities.

After all , if there is plenty of work yet to be done
...then doesn't somebody have to do it!

FHT values the contributions of others.


No one non-profit, educational institution, laboratory, or other entity can claim to have "cornered the market" on cultural understanding. Certainly, the Folk Heritage Trust will never claim that it can do everything on its own or that it doesn't need to consider other people's input.

In some respects, FHT is just a gateway for others to express their ideas and develop their own potential.

Additional detail will be added to the web site and other publications to describe the programs and activities of the Folk Heritage Trust. From this, individuals or groups can potentially identify areas that they would like to consider collaborating with FHT. See below for definitions of the types of cooperation.






Collaborators engage in the technical and development aspects of the FHT. This will include formulating the technical objectives of the programs, investigating innovative solutions, preparing technical proposals when seeking funding from Grantors, and managing the performance of the programs. While Collaborators may be associated with other institutions, their efforts in association with FHT are focused on furthering FHT core programs. Collaborators might also be a Resident or Exchange participant at another Partner for a period of time to facilitate program activities. Unless explicitly documented in advance in writing, collaborators are not compensated for labor or expenses related to their participation.




Partners are those with common interests who work along side FHT for common goals. In general, FHT's policy is that it will not solicit funding from Partners. The Partner's main contribution is expertise and access to the original cultural related holdings (properties, items, records, images, printed materials) in their possession. Some labor by the Partner's staff is required to facilitate access to holdings and collections, but assistance with the technical survey, collected information management, and other program work is only as required. Occasional hosting of meetings or other events is another contribution that Partners can make. Joint management of programs by FHT and a Partner is not anticipated. It is FHT's experience that one entity should take the lead for management responsibilities, with formal definition of the supporting roles provided by the associated entities. However, FHT, at its discretion, may provide technical support and advice to Partners to aid in their preparation of select proposals—that are being prepared by the Partner (for submission to a Grantor for prospective funding).




Grantors contribute the major working capital to underwrite the programs of the FHT, and nearly always require a formal proposal outlining the program to be performed with the funding.




Donors usually are individuals (with possible matching contributions from their employers) or for-profit enterprises that make smaller capital contributions, usually without stipulation as to the category of expense that they will cover. Nor do Donors typically require a proposal whereby FHT would solicit the funds. This allows the FHT to engage in the day to day work that allows it to seek resources for technical projects, activities, and services.




Volunteers may be employees of companies with liberal policies for supporting their employee's participation in non-profit and community service activities. Check with your company to see what their policy is regarding volunteer service. Some allow that support can be provided by the employee during business hours, and even utilize pre-authorized company resources (such as use of analytical lab equipment or performance of specialized technical services). Other volunteers are engaged under their own cognizance. Much of the volunteer work is performed in the volunteers normal sphere of influence, as opposed to being located on the premises of the FHT or a Partner. This may involve Mentoring of youth in the community or providing Internships opportunities at the volunteer's place of work. (If the volunteer is engaged in continuing and substantive program support to the FHT, in an area of needed expertise, then that could qualify the person as a Collaborator.)


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