Integral to the CNL World mission is the concept of partnerships. CNL World leverages its resources and expertise in partnerships with Federal and State agencies, local and tribal governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Over the past 15 years partnerships have produced many accomplishments that contribute to several very successful programs, for example, WETMAAP and Back to the Basics. CNL World programs have provided thousands of formal and non-formal educators with valuable classroom materials and professional development.

CNL World focuses on cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships with partners through the development of agreements and grants to support map and imagery education and dissemination. Partnerships are the foundation of CNL World and its programs because they leverage funding across organizations, foster further collaboration, provide complementary support, and ensure availability of information and materials to a broad range of users and applications.