Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Drawing from our unparalleled experience helping nonprofits build relationships for greater impact, we have developed an array of tools, articles, and research on nonprofit collaboration and nonprofit mergers and alliances. Explore these resources to learn how you can use collaborative strategies to expand your reach, deliver more effective programs, create administrative efficiencies, and advance your mission.

If you’re new to nonprofit collaboration and strategic restructuring, or for a look at our core materials on the topic, see “Getting Started.” Check “Digging Deeper” for more detailed perspectives on nonprofit partnerships.

Getting Started

The Collaborative Map  Collaboration can take many forms, from casual cooperative relationships to more integrated partnerships

Nonprofit Collaboration Infographic – An infographic showing how funders can support strategic collaboration and how nonprofits can engage in these kinds of partnerships. (Developed by the Foundation Center, with La Piana Consulting and the Tides Center.)

Meeting Your Match: How to Identify, Assess, and Engage a Potential Merger Partner – A brief outlining practical advice and specific steps for early-stage exploration of nonprofit collaboration

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring Podcast Series – A series of short podcasts answering common questions about nonprofit strategic restructuring

The Nonprofit Mergers Workbooks, Parts I and II – Our two ground-breaking, practical guides for nonprofits on all aspects of the strategic restructuring process

Merging Wisely – A thought-provoking article helping nonprofits and foundations weigh merger as one of many strategic options

Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration – A blog post suggesting three first steps for nonprofit leaders just beginning to consider collaboration

Mergers: A Cautionary Note – A brief article comparing nonprofit mergers with for-profit mergers and asking: When is merger the right choice?

The Strategic Restructuring Self-Assessment Tool – An introduction to our self-assessment tool helping nonprofits gauge their readiness for strategic restructuring

Digging Deeper

Federated Nonprofits  A series of articles exploring the strengths and challenges of large, geographically-dispersed nonprofit networks

Reimagining Service: A Case Study in Cross Sector Collaboration – How a time-limited, multi-sector campaign helped change the narrative on volunteer engagement

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative – Case profiles from the Los Angeles multi-funder collaborative to help nonprofits use strategic restructuring to increase their impact

Mergers That Make a Difference – A co-curated collection of case studies and blogs exploring effective nonprofit mergers

Models of Strategic Restructuring Case Studies: Chattanooga Museums – A case study on an administrative consolidation featuring finalists for the 2009 Collaboration Prize

Models of Strategic Restructuring Case Studies: Ready, Set, Parent! – A case study on joint programming featuring finalists for the 2009 Collaboration Prize

Models of Strategic Restructuring Case Studies: Crittenton Women’s Union – A case study on a merger featuring finalists for the 2009 Collaboration Prize

The Human Services Strategic Restructuring Pilot Project – A report summarizing a funder initiative of 18 grantmakers supporting nonprofit partnerships in Ohio

Strategic Restructuring among Domestic Violence Organizations – A series of reports developed for the Blue Shield of California Foundation – Blue Shield Against Violence

Strategic Restructuring for California Community Clinics – A collection of reports developed for the California HealthCare Foundation

Arts and Culture Mergers – A brief article highlighting trends in mergers and strategic restructuring among arts and culture organizations

Why Nonprofits Should Explore Shared Administrative Services – A brief article on some of the benefits of administrative consolidation among nonprofits

Funder Collaboration in Support of Strategic Restructuring – A summary report from a March 2012 convening of funders with experience in supporting strategic restructuring

Which Comes First, the Partnership or the Plan? – A brief article on how various planning processes can support and inform nonprofit collaboration

SAGE/Task Force LGBT Aging Leadership Initiative: A Case Study in Collaboration – Shared leadership leads to shared success in advancing the field