Making mergers work: the role for charity trustees

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Bull, David
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
1 October 2013
Social Policy
Social welfare
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In the current climate, mergers are a subject that is on many people’s minds in the charity sector. In theory, mergers are about creating fewer, stronger organisations that are ultimately of benefit to shared beneficiaries. In the right circumstances, the business case for merger can be strong - increased public profile, strengthened fundraising capabilities and concentrated, efficient service provision. However, many still see the process as unattractive given its risk and complexity. Ultimately, the majority of mergers are carried out with the well-being of beneficiaries in mind, so it’s important that the sector draws on the help that’s available and the lessons learned by others to get the process right.