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Common Good Ventures & Institute for Civic Leadership Announce Intent to Merge

Portland, ME – Last week the Board of Directors for both the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Common Good Ventures (CGV) held meetings and voted to merge the two organizations.  Over the next few months, board and staff will work toward merging operations by July 1, followed by a more public launch of the new organization in early fall, 2014. 
The merger will result in a dynamic new organization whose purpose is to strengthen communities in Northern New England by strengthening the effectiveness of organizations and leaders who are working together for the betterment of those communities. This new organization will offer a combination of services and programs that will: build the capacity of nonprofits; develop and promote leaders in businesses, municipalities and nonprofits; facilitate collaborations; and convene conversations within and across all sectors to meet the needs of communities in Northern New England. 
“CGV and ICL have provided outstanding service to the nonprofit sector,” affirms Meredith Jones, President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation. “This merger holds the exciting promise of increasing their ability to help build the organizational and leadership capacity in communities across the state and beyond.  It’s a match made in Maine.”
It is intended that current ICL Executive Director Jan Kearce will serve as President of the new organization, with support during the transition from Andrew Watt, CGV President.  Watt, who will conclude his six-year tenure as President in July, announced his decision to move on from CGV.  He will remain active in support of the merger during the transition, helping to facilitate this exciting project as part of his legacy to CGV.
Watt shares, “This is a most opportune time for CGV and ICL to strategically join forces to significantly benefit communities. This merger brings together the expertise, focus and passion of two successful organizations with complementary strengths and a shared mission. By combining ICL’s focus on building civic leaders with CGV’s expertise in strengthening non-profit organizations, the new, blended organization will serve as a more sustainable foundation to create lasting social impact across the communities of Northern New England.”
Both ICL and CGV assert they will keep clients, partners, key stakeholders and the community updated during their move forward as a single organization. 
Kearce adds, “Together as one entity, we will be better able to strengthen organizations, leaders and relationships that are critical for them to collaboratively work toward measurably improving communities. Through this real-life merger, ICL and CGV are modeling what we teach in our leadership programs and consult with our clients – that no one leader or organization can consistently accomplish great things alone. Each must do their part. Collectively and individually, we build capacity for success.”
About ICL: 
Founded in 1993, the Institute for Civic Leadership develops, inspires, convenes, and engages a network of diverse leaders and community members to foster collaboration and drive transformational change to address community concerns. In 2006, ICL merged with The Board Network to develop effective nonprofit board training to its leadership development programming. As the premier Maine organization that teaches collaborative leadership skills, ICL has graduated nearly 700 alumni who lead, innovate and strengthen communities in over 250 businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods and municipal sectors.
About CGV:
Founded in 2000, Common Good Ventures builds a stronger, more effective nonprofit sector for the common good. We enhance the ability of nonprofits and their supporters to execute on their missions. We blend a passion for helping people and communities with business savvy and in-depth knowledge of the nonprofit sector.

Posted on: May 21, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Expansion | Something New

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