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How to Legally Dissolve a Nonprofit

Submitted by Jean Butzen on August 20, 2009 - 10:40

How to Legally Dissolve a Nonprofit

Occasionally I get a phone call from people wondering what the process is for shutting down a nonprofit. Believe it or not, there are forms you need to fill out with the IRS and your state to dissolve a nonprofit organization. I recently ran across a great blog posting by by someone named Don Griesman, who wrote a detailed explanation about what you have to do when ending the operations of a nonprofit organization or foundation in all the various situations: mergers, transferring assets, or simply shutting the door.

"Round-Up of the Week's News on Nonprofit Collaborations"

Submitted by Jean Butzen on July 21, 2009 - 10:47

"Round-Up of the Week's News on Nonprofit Collaborations"

At the suggestion of a fellow blogger and friend, Celeste Wroblewski at studio 501c, I am going to add a new feature to my site: a news round-up. Every day google alert sends me news stories about nonprofit mergers, partnerships, and all things related to nonprofit strategic re-structuring. I have far more material than I have the space (or time) to write about.

Learning from the Nonprofit Merger Trail Blazers: An Interview with Debbie Hinde, CEO of Vital Bridges

Submitted by Jean Butzen on July 14, 2009 - 08:15

Learning from the Nonprofit Merger Trail Blazers: An Interview with Debbie Hinde, CEO of Vital Bridges

As I introduce people to the concept of nonprofit mergers and collaborations, it's hard to remember that for some people, these concepts have been around a long time. Take Debbie Hinde and Vital Bridges in Chicago, Illinois, for example.

Chicago Tribune Article on Nonprofit Mergers - Minding Your Business: Rivals Become Collaborators to Help Clients, Save Money

Submitted by Jean Butzen on April 21, 2009 - 03:43

Chicago Tribune Article on Nonprofit Mergers - Minding Your Business: Rivals Become Collaborators to Help Clients, Save Money

The Tribune wrote a piece in the business section yesterday about some local activity about nonprofit mergers and partnerships. In case you missed it, you can go here to link to the article.  The piece mentions BOC, the Back Office Collaborative, and the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. Oh, and also I get a few quotes in, as well.

An Inspiration to the Nonprofit Sector: The JCC and YMCA of Greater Toledo Area, Collaboration Prize Co-Winners!

Submitted by Jean Butzen on April 9, 2009 - 05:16

An Inspiration to the Nonprofit Sector: The JCC and YMCA of Greater Toledo Area, Collaboration Prize Co-Winners!

On March 5th, the winners of The Collaboration Prize - the national competition with a cash award of $250,000 for the best nonprofit collaboration in the U.S.

Winner of Collaboration Prize Announced: It's a Tie!

Submitted by Jean Butzen on March 6, 2009 - 06:25

Winner of Collaboration Prize Announced: It's a Tie!

Somehow it seems appropriate that the nation's first nonprofit collaboration prize would result in a tie with the two finalists sharing the $250,000 cash prize. The Lodestar Foundation and the AIM Alliance announced yesterday that they had chosen both the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, and the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas as co-winners of the first-ever national nonprofit collaboration prize.

Bridgespan Study Pronounces Nonprofit M&A a Strategic Tool for the Sector

Submitted by Jean Butzen on February 26, 2009 - 16:15

Bridgespan Study Pronounces Nonprofit M&A a Strategic Tool for the Sector

The latest, most interesting study on the impact of nonprofit mergers was just published today, Feb. 26, 2009 by The Bridgespan Group, entitled, Nonprofit M&A: More Than A Tool for Tough Times.

Chicago Panel on Strategic Re-Structuring Aims to Take the Stigma out of Consolidations

Submitted by Jean Butzen on February 17, 2009 - 15:39

Chicago Panel on Strategic Re-Structuring Aims to Take the Stigma out of Consolidations

"Straight talk about nonprofit partnerships, mergers,and other types of strategic re-structuring" is what the ground-breaking panel discussion in Chicago promises on Feb. 27th, 9:30 to 11:30a.m at Roosevelt University. Go here to get all the information.

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And the Semi-Finalists Are...Lodestar Foundation Announces 8 Finalists for Collaboration Prize

Submitted by Jean Butzen on January 15, 2009 - 05:59

And the Semi-Finalists Are...Lodestar Foundation Announces 8 Finalists for Collaboration Prize

This is an update to an earlier entry I wrote about The Collaboration Prize, being offered jointly by the Lodestar Foundation and the Arizona-Indiana-Michigan Alliance (AIM). This unique competition will award a cash prize of $250,000 to the best nonprofit collaboration in the country.

Lesson from Mergers: Pursue them When Your Agency is Healthy!

Submitted by Jean Butzen on January 13, 2009 - 09:11

Lesson from Mergers: Pursue them When Your Agency is Healthy!

In an article published in the December 2008 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Bridgespan authors discussed their findings from research examining 3,400 nonprofit mergers which occurred over a decade.  There were some very interesting discoveries they identified, including the fact that mergers happen at about the same rate in t

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