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Collaboration, fiscal sponsorship, mergers and more - what should you be considering? It has been said that we are moving from a "win-at-all-costs" economy to a "connection" economy where collaboration will be valued over competition. Learning how to navigate these new types of connections is important to nonprofits.

Four Tips for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Source: Rockefeller Foundation
Zia Khan, Vice President for Initiatives & Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, shares four counterintuitive lessons he's learned from collaborations across sectors.
Posted on: March 31, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Collaboration

Curating Change: The Merger of Two Historic Women's Organizations

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly examines the causes, successes, and failures of the merger of the International Museum of Women and the Global Fund for Women.
Posted on: March 31, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Collaboration | Strategy

How to Approach a Proposed Merger of Nonprofits

Source: NH Business Review
Don Crandlemire, shareholder at the law firm Shaheen & Gordon, writes for NH Business Review on the difficulty of nonprofit mergers and some specifics to the merger process in NH.
Posted on: November 14, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Leadership | Legal

The Delegation Dilemma: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Learn to Let Go

Source: Bridgespan
To understand why nonprofit leaders often have a hard time delegating, says Jerry Hauser, CEO of The Management Center, you need to understand the personality traits that got them where they are. Nonprofit leaders, he says, are often incredibly strong individual performers who rose to their positions by being highly talented, deeply committed to their work, and dedicated to very high standards. "They have a really high bar," he notes, "and that adds up to leaders who are often control freaks."
Posted on: November 21, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Executive | Leadership

7-Step Nonprofit Plan to Attract and Keep Corporate Partners

Source: Beth's Blog
Branding consultant and New York Times best-selling author Simon Mainwaring outlines a 7-step plan for corporate partnerships in this guest post for Beth Kanter's blog.
Posted on: September 24, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Communications | Fundraising | Marketing | Philanthropy

Open Debate Drives Nonprofit Innovation

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
In science, technology, business, academe, and elsewhere, people are encouraged—and are given forums—to express opinions and disagree with each other publicly. But nonprofits and foundations continue to embrace a culture of silence and politeness that gets in the way of their growth and vitality. This article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy explores how to regularly call into question whether a nonprofit’s or foundation’s activities are effective, ethical, and strategic.
Posted on: July 1, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Communications for Advocacy | Executive | Leadership | Philanthropy

Navigating a Nonprofit Merger: Participatory Tools for Success

This article from 2000 reviews highlights of how four groups in Austin, Texas merged in 1998 to become LifeWorks story. It discusses the methods that were employed to facilitate the merger and subsequent planning process. Download a copy of the article from MeetingSolution.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

Fiscal Sponsorship as a Nonprofit Merger Alternative

Source: Third Sector New England
Third Sector New England’s Executive Director Jonathan Spack reflects some of the problems inherent in nonprofit mergers and proposes fiscal sponsorship as an alternative option.

Read the article from Third Sector New England.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

Bridging the Organizational Divide: The Making of a Nonprofit Merger

This article from 2002 explores the merger of two nonprofit housing development corporations in Nashua, New Hampshire. Download a copy of the article from NeighborWorks.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

Making a Merger Go Smoothly for Nonprofit Workers

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article explores the anxiety experienced by staff during a merger and explores ideas for managing that stress to make the process go more smoothly for everyone. Read the article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

Tying the Knot: Why Associations Don't Merge And Why They Should

Source: The Free Library
Nonprofit associations are not immune to the forces that are causing their members to consider mergers in the face of a down-turned economy. Yet associations, in general, have been slow to consider mergers in most sectors. Thomas A McLaughlin explores some of the reasons for this slowness of response. Read the article from the Free Library.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

Is Your Organization Read for the Road?

This article from 2000 proposes that before embarking on any plan to form a partnership with another organization, it is wise to undertake a thorough assessment of your organization's readiness to be a partner and offer some points to consider. Download a copy of the article.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Organizational Assessment | Mission

Merger Myths

April 2009 - As the interest in nonprofit mergers grows, so do the myths surrounding them. While the downturn is making mergers seem like a logical choice, This article proposes that the economy is only a catalyzing agent for trends that were already under way. Author Thomas A McLaughlin looks at 6 myths about mergers. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Collaboration

IRS Facts About Terminating or Merging Your Exempt Organization

May 2009 - Most tax-exempt organizations that end their operations, either through shutting down, transferring their assets or merging with another tax-exempt organization, must inform the IRS about the details of the action. The IRS released this publication to answer some of the questions about those reporting requirements. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | IRS

Assessing and Managing Mergers, Reorganizations and Dissolutions

Source: Orr & Reno
September 2009 - Todd Fahey of Orr & Reno has given his permission for us to provide you with a copy of his recent article that appeared in the NH Bar Journal. This article is "a practical guide for counsel called upon to assist a faltering New Hampshire nonprofit organization that is considering some type of restructuring, including a reorganization, merger or dissolution," and should be helpful for nonprofit board members and executives to answer questions they may have as they consider these options.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Board | Collaboration | Mission

Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives

Source: Bridgespan
A report on long-term, collaborative initiatives to solve large-scale problems. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Collaboration
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