What is a Coalition

What is a coalition and how is it different than an advocacy organization?
A coalition is an alliance of separate organizations that work toward common interests and goals. Each participating organization maintains its independence, mission, and autonomy while working cooperatively on initiatives that benefit the community. Coalitions may either be formal (include a governing body) or informal. C-EOS is an informal coalition focused on advancing common advocacy and research interests. 

What are the benefits of forming a coalition? 
A unified coalition can increase credibility for a cause and can have a greater impact than an individual organization working on its own. Participating organizations can advocate more effectively when they share ideas and resources. Communications between the organizations are also improved, minimizing duplication of effort on shared advocacy goals. A coalition provides cohesive and comprehensive focus for a cause, ultimately accelerating change. The operating principle of C-EOS is: Together is better.