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Analysis & Comment on Charity Mergers
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
By governance expert Judith Rich
Peter Gotham says it takes time and effort to make a merger work, but it can be worth the effort
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...
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Who merged and why?
Sajid Hashmi of Voluntary Action Stoke-on-Trent says decision to merge with Newcastle-under-Lyme CVS will mean a more unified service
Karen Weaver, chief executive of Harrogate CVS, has become head of Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services
Community Retailing Network becomes part of Plunkett Foundation under deal that will 'bring additional resources'
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, will remain in post after merger with Brain Tumour UK
The Housing and Support Alliance, to be launched next month, will be a membership charity for commissioners, housing and care providers and others
Nick Panay, chair of the BMS, says the merger will help the charity to work with more doctors and with women of all ages
The two parenting and family charities say the move will improve services and create a stronger, more influential voice
Richard Leaman, chief executive of Guide Dogs, says the skills and experience-sharing agreement is a natural progression
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chair of Volunteering England, says the merger is an opportunity to ensure the voice of volunteering remains loud
Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, says having one charity makes sense for donors
The two charities will continue to exist under the name the Helplines Partnership; MHHP chair Liz Felton says the merger will benefit members and beneficiaries
Maggie Darling, chair of the Daycare Trust, says the merger is an opportunity to bring together the strengths of both charities
Mike Martin, chair of Navca, says it's the obvious step, but their work is complementary, not competing
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