Charity Mergers

Advice, commentary and case studies on charity mergers for chairs, trustees and senior managers.

Most charity mergers should be classified as takeovers, report says

Most charity mergers should be classified as takeovers, report says

The consultancy Eastside Primetimers looked at 189 charity mergers occurring between January 2013 and April 2014 and found that in only 23 per cent of cases did two or more organisations form a new one

Analysis: Is it a good idea to merge fundraising and comms?

Analysis: Is it a good idea to merge fundraising and comms?

Some charities have found that combining the two departments has improved their effectiveness. Susannah Birkwood asks experts about the pros and cons

Interview: Graham Willmington of Community Matters

Interview: Graham Willmington of Community Matters

The chief executive tells Annette Rawstrone that the failure of merger talks proved to have its advantages

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

Caron Bradshaw: Charitable endeavour is more than just a numbers game

In a perfect world, every charity would achieve maximum impact and there would be no inefficiency; but our world is populated by wonderfully imperfect people, writes our columnist

Consolidating military charities won't help their beneficiaries

Consolidating military charities won't help their beneficiaries

Lord Ashcroft's Veterans Transition Review recommended that armed forces charities merge - but diversity is essential in a sector that serves such a broad range of needs, according to Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway

Are forces charities too 'old-fashioned' to change their ways?

Are forces charities too 'old-fashioned' to change their ways?

Lord Ashcroft's blunt review of military charities calls for greater consolidation and collaboration. Annette Rawstrone looks at the report's proposals and whether they will be implemented

Analysis: Charity mergers - Finding a shared vision

Analysis: Charity mergers - Finding a shared vision

The pace of mergers has accelerated since the recession began four years ago. The consultant Richard Gutch, who has managed the merger of three disability charities, describes the key stages of the process and flags up the benefits and pitfalls

Peter Gilheany: How to manage the message when two organisations decide to merge

Peter Gilheany: How to manage the message when two organisations decide to merge

The director of the social change PR agency Forster sets out his key steps to managing merger communications

Cathy Pharoah: Consolidation or growth? The sector struggles to resolve the contradiction

Cathy Pharoah: Consolidation or growth? The sector struggles to resolve the contradiction

Under the current pressure for survival there are two different cultures emerging, says our columnist

Kevin Curley: Mergers can eliminate good charities for ever

Kevin Curley: Mergers can eliminate good charities for ever

For example, there's nothing to cheer about in the combination of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteering England, says our columnist

Checklist: How to handle charity mergers

Checklist: How to handle charity mergers

By governance expert Judith Rich

Trust between people is the key to successful merger

Trust between people is the key to successful merger

Peter Gotham says it takes time and effort to make a merger work, but it can be worth the effort

Trust between people is the key to successful merger

Trust between people is the key to successful merger

Peter Gotham says it takes time and effort to make a merger work, but it can be worth the effort

Analysis: RNIB and Guide Dogs reach a stalemate

Analysis: RNIB and Guide Dogs reach a stalemate

Sight-loss charities don't share the same vision on mergers, writes David Ainsworth

Peter Stanford: Merger really appeals only when closure is beckoning

Peter Stanford: Merger really appeals only when closure is beckoning

The prospect of joining with another charity often produces an instinctive "no", says our columnist

A third of largest charities 'are interested in merger'

A third of largest charities 'are interested in merger'

Richard Litchfield of merger specialist Eastside Consulting wrote to the top 100 charities asking if they wanted advice, and 30 expressed interest

The first move in mergers should be communication

The first move in mergers should be communication

Rumours about mergers can cause uncertainty among staff so it's best to get a communications plan in place first, says Valerie Morton

Craig Dearden-Phillips: Names do matter and they don't have to disappear when two charities merge

Craig Dearden-Phillips: Names do matter and they don't have to disappear when two charities merge

Names carry important messages about values, heritage and identity, says our columnist

Analysis: Mergers - What do they consist of?

Analysis: Mergers - What do they consist of?

As more and more charities move towards merger, Richard Gutch describes the stages they will have to go through, the costs involved, and the chicken-and-egg questions they will have to answer

More charities should say 'I do' to full-blown mergers

More charities should say 'I do' to full-blown mergers

Helen Simmons of the Diocese of London says she's got married, complete with name change. It's time more charities tied the knot.

Craig Dearden-Phillips: The rewards of merger

Craig Dearden-Phillips: The rewards of merger

Our columnist says the amalgamation of his organisation with another has resembled a long and gruelling road trip - but has been worth it

Mergers: Who's the leader of the brand?

Mergers: Who's the leader of the brand?

The merger of Cancerbackup and Macmillan Cancer Support has produced good results, but the former chairman of Cancerbackup has some regrets. Jenny Cornish finds out why.

Merge, ally or avoid?

Merge, ally or avoid?

Organisations can look at many structures for joint working, but it is important to do due diligence whichever you choose, says Helen Verney

Notes on a charity merger

Notes on a charity merger

Last week two disability charities, Speaking Up and Advocacy Partners, agreed to merge. Speaking Up chief executive Craig Dearden-Phillips (pictured left, with Advocacy Partners chief Jonathan Senker) kept a record of the key events leading up to the decision