Global Partners

global(×) partners with organizations that seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of at-risk children and families. We call these organizations “Global Partners.” Currently, our Global Partners focus on areas including sustainable water, medical, and hygiene solutions; holistic community development; and caring for orphans and vulnerable children, to name a few.

We believe that there are no quick-fix solutions to meeting the needs of these individuals and communities. However, as we partner with organizations that build long-term relationships with the local community, we can be intentional about lasting change both physically and spiritually.

Characteristics of our Global Partners

  • Apply the principles found in the book When Helping Hurts. See our blog post about those principles here.
  • Work alongside locals to help them contextualize a sustainable approach to reach the next generation. Through leveraging our relationship, we seek to help them go further, faster.
  • Have a clear plan for development and think long-term when it comes to relationships.
  • Facilitate short-term missions without doing long-term harm.
  • Drive the strategy of the organization. Example: global(×) doesn’t determine what kind of trips to send to a particular area. Our partners determine this and we recruit the teams necessary to meet their objectives.
  • Think steps, not programs. They have developed a plan to achieve their goals and objectives.
  • Walk alongside the local church.
  • Combine meeting physical needs with meeting spiritual needs.
  • Seek to move a community out of its poverty conditions.
  • Have a proven ministry: meet physical and spiritual needs and are efficient and effective at what they do.
  • Are one of the best at what they do.
  • Have a good reputation in the community and from those we trust.
  • Have opportunities for our people to get involved.
  • Have leaders worth following.

 Finding Potential Partners

We rely heavily on the recommendations of individuals and organizations that know us and how we think. It is rare to have a partnership develop through a contact we, or those we know, have no prior relationship with.

 The Vetting Process

Over the past two years, we have created a 10-step system for vetting potential partners. This system is constantly evaluated and often changes. Our goal is to streamline the process for global(×) and all potential partners.

Step 1: Investigative Questions
Potential partner answers our investigative questions. This helps us determine if there are adequate points of intersection between our organizations.

Step 2: Conference Call Questions
global(×) and the potential partner will spend time talking via phone, Skype, or in person to further develop the relationship and determine if we are a potential fit with one another.

Step 3: global(×) Reference Questions
global(×) seeks to understand how others view the potential partner by contacting multiple references.

Step 4: global(×) evaluation
The global(×) team will discuss the organization and determine if next steps are necessary.

Step 5: Investigative Trip Questions
The global(×) Partnership Development Director, or other global(×) staff, will do a site visit to meet the organization’s leadership and to learn more about the organization.

Step 6: global(×) evaluation
The global(×) team will discuss the organization and determine if next steps are necessary.

Step 7: global(×) Beta Trip Questions
A team of experienced leaders with global(×) will serve on a trip to the potential location to learn more about the organization and its ability to host teams.

Step 8: global(×) evaluation
The global(×) team will discuss the organization and determine if next steps are necessary.

Step 9: 6–12 Month Trial Partnership
global(×) will send two to three teams to serve alongside the potential partner.

Step 10: Formal Status Identified
global(×) will make a decision with the potential partner to establish a formal partnership.