Nurturing Partnerships



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Austin's Urban Forest is Healthy, Thriving, A Mix of Trees and Vegetation, Contiguous, Valued, Protected, and Cared for.

Adapted from the Austin Urban Forest Plan {link}.
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." – Henry Ford 

Community Tree Division Mission

OUR MISSION is to support an improved quality of life for Austin community members, and we do this through the lens of trees and urban forest ecosystems which provide a multitude of services and benefits to our community. 


  • Build stronger community connections.
  • Support a culture of stewardship.
  • Increase trees planted and cared for in Austin.


  1. Leverage natural partners to amplify community engagement. 
  2. Use mutually beneficial programs to increase community access to resources. 
  3. Support and develop contractual partnerships to increase community access to resources.  

Strong Partnerships = Success 

                                            Strong partnerships amplify our ability to reach our goals and successfully                                                   meet our mission. Strong partnerships are mutually beneficial. 
This guide to partnering and supporting assessment surveys are adapted from Imagine Austin Partnering Guidebook. 


The Community Tree Program seeks to nurture partnerships in order to reach our community's vision better communication and connection between the City and private sector, governmental, non-governmental, nonprofit and community-based entities with the aim of achieving common objectives that advance the Plan’s vision, and goals. Yikes. Help with this one. 


  • Mission aligned 
  • Mission compatible 


  • Mutually Beneficial | Leverage resources and maximize the impact of both City and Partner efforts.
  • Mission Alignment | Engage in partnering opportunities with organizations and individuals who have compatible missions and goals.  
  • Maximize Efficiency | Increase efficiency and reduce costs through sharing, coordination and streamlining efforts between partners.
  • Collaborative | Strengthen relationships and foster collaborative action to advance shared goals. 


  • Commitment to collaboration and creating mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Clear communication and transparency.
  • Foster shared understanding, mutual accountability, and continuous learning.
  • Respect and value external partners and internal leaders and staff.
  • Follow through on commitments and persevere in overcoming obstacles.
  • Focus on the long term.
  • Proactively strengthen relationships between partners.

Partnering Continuum

The different levels of partnering fall on a continuum of informal with low inputs up to the most formal which are highly structured and rigorously managed. 
For full descriptions of the types of partnering see Appendix B. ImagineAustin Partnering Guidebook page 6.

Partnering Assessments

Partnering is an ongoing process of relationship building and can be an iterative process as an organization’s mission and resources grow and change with time. Partnerships should, ideally, be fully assessed beforehand for readiness but should also be assessed for alignment once a partnership has already formed.  Assessments of established partnerships are used as a continual improvement tool.  
From collaboration to contractual it's all a type of partnership. Find the survey that's right for you and give us your thoughts on what's going well and what could be better. We're listening. 

Community Tree Established Partner

Take this survey if you're a current partner. It will help us evaluate what's working well and what could be improved. 
This survey will take up to 5 minutes. 

Community Tree New Partner

Take this survey if you're considering partnering with us. It will help us get on the same page with our expectations for partnering. 
The survey will take up to 5 minutes. 

Urban Forest Grant Satisfaction Survey

Take this survey if you have ever applied for an Urban Forest Grant. It will help us understand what is working well and what can be improved. 
The survey will take up to 5 minutes. 
Questions or feedback on our partnership assessment? Email Leah Haynie at 
This guide to partnering and supporting assessment surveys are adapted from Imagine Austin Partnering Guidebook. 

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