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Launch of NPC’s report on mergers and other collaborative models in the charity sector

Price: Free
Event Organiser: Rebecca Goodbourn
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

NPC will present its analysis of the benefits and costs of mergers, and a balanced assessment of in which situations a merger (or similar) may be beneficial or otherwise.

About this event

Mergers sometimes get a bad rap—too hard, too time consuming, cost too much, too many reasons not to.

NPC’s research, funded by a group of philanthropists, finds that successful mergers and collaboration models benefit causes—reaching more beneficiaries, increasing the range of services, stronger voice for users, greater heft in policy influencing and contract negotiations. Valuable services, that might otherwise be lost if charities fold, can find a stable home with a more secure organisation. Cost savings can be recycled into services. A range of merger and sharing models offer enticing options for brave leaders.

Despite this, mergers are not as common as might be expected, and charities often leave it too late to find merger partners when they need to. So why are charities not liking them, or doing them?

At the evening event on 19th April, kindly hosted by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, NPC will present its analysis of the benefits and costs of mergers, and a balanced assessment of in which situations a merger (or similar) may be beneficial or otherwise. We propose action to overcome barriers by trustees, charity leaders, funders and the Charity Commission.

The event will feature a panel discussion to discuss the role of mergers in the charity sector. Speakers include:

  • Iona Joy, Head of Charities, NPC
  • Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications, Charity Commission
  • Chris Martin, CEO of the Mix
  • Peter Kellner, Chair, NCVO
  • Richard Litchfield, Chief Executive, Eastside Primetimers

The Venue

Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
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