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For discussion: How Many Nonprofits?

Submitted by Jean Butzen on August 15, 2018 - 09:39

For discussion: How Many Nonprofits?

This blog post is by Jean Butzen, Founder and President; you can read more about Jean and learn how to contact her here.

I read this article and found it so interesting I wanted to ask our blog readers: do you agree with its conclusions? What do you think of how it supports its arguments?

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

Submitted by Jean Butzen on June 5, 2014 - 13:28

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

In this age of tremendous change and economic uncertainty, I am often asked by board members if they should consider a merger strategy for their nonprofit organization. Board members who work in the for-profit sector are familiar with the signs leading up to a merger in their own business arena, but not necessarily for the nonprofit sector. Have you seen these signs?

Two Disability Organizations, One Merger, One Year Later

Submitted by Jean Butzen on April 24, 2014 - 00:00

Two Disability Organizations, One Merger, One Year Later

See How Two Nonprofits Creatively Addressed the Challenge of the Ligas Decisions

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the merger that took place between United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago and Seguin Services, to form UCP Seguin Greater Chicago.

Success and Mergers: Five Literacy Organizations Combine Forces and Secure $487,000

Submitted by Amanda Wright on February 28, 2014 - 11:47

Success and Mergers: Five Literacy Organizations Combine Forces and Secure $487,000

The Literacy Volunteers of Tuscon could probably not have anticipated where they would end up when they made teaching basic literacy and the English language their mission back in 1961. However, the scope of positive change they’ve experienced in the last few years has been extraordinary, picking up traction as a result of being chosen by Social Venture Partners (SVP) of Tuscon, Arizona as their non-profit investee back in the Spring of 2007.

Nonprofit Merger Secrets to Success

Submitted by Jean Butzen on September 18, 2012 - 05:08

Nonprofit Merger Secrets to Success

A review by Jean Butzen, Mission + Strategy Consulting, of a study completed in July 2012 analyzing best practices for nonprofit mergers, completed by Wilder Research and published by MAP for Nonprofits. Research examined 41 nonprofit mergers completed between 1999 and 2010.

Local Library or Management Service Organization?

Submitted by Jean Butzen on May 31, 2012 - 09:47

Local Library or Management Service Organization?

A posting describing an example of a public library being adapted to be a nonprofit management service organization, to strengthen charitable charitable organizations in Indiana.

Sharing Nonprofit Collaboration Knowledge and Experience

Submitted by Jean Butzen on February 23, 2012 - 09:08

Sharing Nonprofit Collaboration Knowledge and Experience

One of the best outcomes of the Lodestar Foundation's Collaboration Prize (a competition to identify the best nonprofit collaboration) is the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a searchable database of nonpro

Announcing a New Blog Series on Nonprofit Co-Location by Mission + Strategy

Submitted by Jean Butzen on January 12, 2012 - 04:32

Announcing a New Blog Series on Nonprofit Co-Location by Mission + Strategy

There is a lot of exciting and creative work occurring with nonprofit co-locations around the country and I thought I would write a series on the topic in my Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. The first posting was published Jan. 11th. It's about a really interesting co-location project in Charlotte, North Carolina which houses nine separate nonprofit organizations called the Children and Family Services Center of Charlotte.

Changing the Way Nonprofits do Business by Funding Collaboration

Submitted by Jean Butzen on November 14, 2011 - 09:21

Changing the Way Nonprofits do Business by Funding Collaboration

An introduction to the Catalyst Fund, managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which provides funding for nonprofit collaborations and mergers in the Boston metropolitan area.

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