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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

Making Nonprofit Collaboration a Foundation Strategy: The Lodestar Foundation

Submitted by Jean Butzen on December 17, 2008 - 10:37

Making Nonprofit Collaboration a Foundation Strategy: The Lodestar Foundation

In my recent Internet wanderings, I came across the work of a fascinating foundation which devotes much of their giving to support nonprofit mergers and partnerships. It's called The Lodestar Foundation, and their president, Lois Savage, kindly agreed to be interviewed for this blog posting.
Mission Plus Strategy: How did the Lodestar Foundation decide to support nonprofit collaborations as a major component of their philanthropic strategy? 

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"A Trip Down Merger Lane"

Submitted by Jean Butzen on November 9, 2008 - 08:40

"A Trip Down Merger Lane"

Today’s economic troubles have taken me down memory lane. It was just after the economic turmoil following 9/11 that my own nonprofit came to terms with deciding to seek a merger for our organization. I was the president of a supportive housing corporation in Chicago that wanted very much to grow.

"Learn How to Gain Back-Office Efficiencies Through Workshop on Strategic Re-Structuring"

Submitted by Jean Butzen on September 28, 2008 - 11:42

"Learn How to Gain Back-Office Efficiencies Through Workshop on Strategic Re-Structuring"

Have you wanted to learn more about how to gain organizational efficiencies and extend program services for clients through nonprofit strategic re-structuring? On Nov. 14th I will be offering an introductory workshop on the basics of nonprofit partnerships, management service organizations, and mergers in a workshop titled Merge to Grow! at the Donors Forum in Chicago.

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"Part 2: More on Why Hawaiian Nonprofits Said 'Aloha' to Distinctive Merger'

Submitted by Jean Butzen on September 17, 2008 - 09:16

"Part 2: More on Why Hawaiian Nonprofits Said 'Aloha' to Distinctive Merger'

In August, I wrote a blog entry about three nonprofit in Maui, Hawaii who came together through a merger announced in June of this year: Maui Youth & Family Services, Aloha House

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