When should charities merge? Is merging always a sign of failure? What are the advantages of merging? What are the risks?
The unprecedented challenges from coronavirus will have thrown these questions to the front of many people’s minds. We don’t think merging is anything to be scared of. The important thing is that they should be the result of strategic thinking, and not a damage limitation exercise.
Different charity merger models offer a range of options. And with the right strategy and approach, you can boost your scale and performance, achieving significant social impact.
We’ve been researching how mergers could help charities achieve their mission. If you’re considering a merge as part of your strategy, our consultants can help you ask the right questions to decide whether merging is the right approach and how it should be handled.
Featured resources on charity mergers
Let’s talk mission and merger
This research has found that mergers can be a powerful tool achieving more for causes.
There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 1
Charity mergers are a divisive topic—viewed by some as a silver bullet, others as taboo. But both camps often overlook the myriad of reasons mergers can happen, and the form such consolidation takes.
There’s more than one way to merge a charity: Part 2
Here we talk through the different types of mergers that can help a charity at various stages of its development, giving real-world examples along the way.
Can mergers help us rebuild from Covid-19?
Here's how properly resourced mergers can help us rebuild from Covid-19.
Should charities collaborate or merge to maximise their potential?
At NPC Ignites conference we discussed whether working together meant formal and informal collaboration.
Let’s have more collaboration and less merger
Duncan Shrubsole, argues that talk of mergers in the social sector is detracting from the value of collaboration.