Advice, commentary and case studies on charity mergers for chairs, trustees and senior managers.
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
Some charities have found that combining the two departments has improved their effectiveness. Susannah Birkwood asks experts about the pros and cons
The chief executive tells Annette Rawstrone that the failure of merger talks proved to have its advantages
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
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
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
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
The director of the social change PR agency Forster sets out his key steps to managing merger communications
Under the current pressure for survival there are two different cultures emerging, says our columnist
For example, there's nothing to cheer about in the combination of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteering England, says our columnist
Sight-loss charities don't share the same vision on mergers, writes David Ainsworth
The prospect of joining with another charity often produces an instinctive "no", says our columnist
Richard Litchfield of merger specialist Eastside Consulting wrote to the top 100 charities asking if they wanted advice, and 30 expressed interest
Rumours about mergers can cause uncertainty among staff so it's best to get a communications plan in place first, says Valerie Morton
Names carry important messages about values, heritage and identity, says our columnist
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
Helen Simmons of the Diocese of London says she's got married, complete with name change. It's time more charities tied the knot.
Our columnist says the amalgamation of his organisation with another has resembled a long and gruelling road trip - but has been worth it
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.
Organisations can look at many structures for joint working, but it is important to do due diligence whichever you choose, says Helen Verney
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
Trustees: Housing, Communications, Social Care
ScotsCare London (Central), London (Greater)
Canine Partners Heyshott and Osgathorpe
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Saferworld London (Central), London (Greater)
Chair of Trustees
Shaftesbury Young People Bromley, Kent
Richmond Fellowship England
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