The Virtue Model rallies around virtues
such as dignity, respect, compassion, and honor.
Monty L. Hipp & Brandi C. Summers Dorsett
The significant impact that transpires when there is collaboration is unquestioned. The Care Strategy is fostering strategic collaboration across sectors. Our priority is to reduce the chasm between the challenges communities face and the effective solutions that need to be bridged by key solution providers working in partnership. No single solution provider can carry the load alone. It is with this understanding that we have developed The Virtue Model within the Care Strategy.
In order for these collaborations to be successful, a common language and shared responsibility are needed. The Virtue Model provides the framework and common ground around which the four key solution providers rally. It helps remove barriers that prevent cross-sector collaboration while building credibility and sustainability. In short, the Virtue Model creates a framework of language and agreed upon paths of travel that lead to far reaching and measurable impact with a broad range of participation.
It takes courage to step beyond your comfort zone and to look at an approach that may be different than your current course of action. It takes courage to re-examine your beliefs and through process around a topic you may have been settled on for years. It takes courage to momentarily set aside your own perspective to seek to understand someone else’s perspective. Thus, it may require courage and change to consider and embrace The Virtue Model as your strategy for community engagement.
The Virtue Model allows organizations to connect on the basis of universally accepted virtues for all people including but not limited to: respect, dignity, wellbeing, care, honor, compassion and service. Upon these virtues organizations can connect on a deeper level and help the community in need. Virtues and values may co-exist: Utilizing a virtue based model provides rules of engagement for entities to work together towards common aims – while maintaining their own deeply held individual and organizational beliefs, values, and mandates.
The Virtue Model taps into a common desire to have good deeds linked to community impact. It builds trusted pathways with appropriate boundaries and rules of engagement, creates a common language and pathway of involvement for diverse individuals and organizations, cultivates shared responsibility and aligns passions and purposes for collective efforts to meet needs in community. Further, this model opens the door for increased funding and giving towards the identified community initiatives.
We believe this model positions the Belief project to be a catalyst for bringing together organizations and entities that have previously not worked together. This framework provides a shared purpose and platform for success.
“The best non-profits realize they can’t act alone but instead must collaborate and leverage the power of individual and organizational networks – so they can align action to solve at the scale of the problem.” – Forces for Good