Community-based organizations serve as the partner to higher education programs focused on academic learning objectives. The kinds of community-based organizations engaging in service-learning are also varied and can include, social service and other non-profit providers, community-based youth development organizations, after-school programs, and faith-based organizations.
In many cases, partnerships start small and informally and grow in both size and formality over time. This incremental process helps to avoid the situations in which efforts to create ambitious partnerships from the outset results in an immense amount of time- and resource-consuming efforts to build a representative leadership group (or groups), which can, in turn, immobilize the partnership efforts. Many people have found that it is important to keep partnerships fluid, adding new people as relationships develop.
Source: Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Search Institute and Lawrence N. Bailis, Associate Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, December 2007