Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CharityVillage� Research: Mergers: Not a Four-Letter Word

CharityVillage� Research: Mergers: Not a Four-Letter Word: "Mergers: Not a Four-Letter Word
By Viola Dessanti and Jenn Miller, Ontario Trillium Foundation
May 17, 2011

Mergers have long occupied a complicated place within the not-for-profit sector. On one hand, not-for-profit organizations may pursue them to increase impact and improve service while increasing efficiencies over the long term. On the other hand, mergers have often been perceived as funder driven and emblematic of a loss of identity and autonomy — even a sense of failure.

In the face of increased competition for resources, however, and particularly since the recession, more nonprofits are seeing mergers as necessary and even valuable.

Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation�s (OTF) Challenging Times research, community roundtables, collaboration symposium, and research project, we�ve engaged the sector in a dialogue around its response to the economic downturn and the future of the sector."

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