Nonprofit Mergers: Pros and Cons
Continuation of the public discourse on the issue of nonprofit mergers from 4/11/12 forum co-hosted by YNPN Cleveland, Civic Commons, and the Mandel Center.
Here's an article from the Huffington Post, released the same day as this forum, discussing five different levels of nonprofit mergers (some novel).
Such a great dialogue last night; a lot of information to digest.
I know Mike briefly asked us for a few take-aways at the end of last night's forum and I am interested in continuing that here. What points are you bringing to the leaders of your organization from the forum? Or, if you are one of the many nonprofit leaders in who attended the forum, what action or research or dialogue might you now look to initiate?
As someone who works for an organization that officially began a formal affiliation one year ago, I found it interesting to hear from the panel that the financial benefits of mergers are not likely to be seen for a few years. I have no idea if that's the reality at my organization right now but it's an interesting framework to view new organizational initiatives.
On Wednesday April 11, 2012 YNPN Cleveland co-hosted an interactive forum on nonprofit mergers with the Civic Commons and the Student Leadership Committee of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
A crowd of over 60 young professionals, graduate students, nonprofit leaders, professors and consultants participated in a robust dialogue with our expert panel: Diane Beastrom of Koinonia Homes, Inc; Leah Gary of the O'Neill Foundation; and Elizabeth Newman of the Center for Families and Children.
The forum was moderated by Civic Commons President Mike Shafarenko.