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. So instead of trashing the stories, I am going to send you the links to the more interesting alerts and let you decide which ones to read. I will still post blog entries about the evens I find interesting, too. If you like, let me know what you think of this new feature by sending me a comment. Also, let me know if you found a story particularly interesting, and I'll check it out. Happy reading!"Thinking like Businesses," by, an editorial supporting the decision by some nonprofits to start considering mergers. An overview of some notable examples in the state of Connecticut. "Anxiety on the rise at area's nonprofits," by Warren Wolfe,, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. An overview of merger activity in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area due to the decline in finances for nonprofits."Area nonprofits feel urge to merge," by Laura Crimaldi, An article covering a report by the Boston Foundation detailing the financial woes of the Boston nonprofit sector and their efforts to get organizations to consider mergers."Nonprofit Mergers: Putting the Best Foot Forward," by Scott Russell at the; an overview of Minnesota mergers and one merger in particular between COMPAS and Young Audiences of Minnesota. The article goes on to talk about a free publication on mergers, among other things interesting."Merge Ahead," by Bruce Boyd, On Philanthropy. A balanced opinion piece about nonprofit mergers by a consultant in the field, which begins by citing a recent study by the Nonprofit Finance Fund on nonprofit collaboration activity. "Social services agencies ACHIEVA and Arc of Westmoreland County merge," by Kris B. Mamula, Pittsburgh Business Times. An article covering the decision by two notable social service agencies in the Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania community, to merge."Nonprofits Forced to Think Differently," by the An editorial lauding the decision by two Northampton-based nonprofit organizations to merge: Seacoast Visiting Nurse Association and the Massachusetts-based Home Health VNA."Literacy Nonprofits Merge" by Pam Allen, The Business Review (Albany). An article about two nonprofit literacy organizations in new York state which decided to merge: Literacy Volunteers of America/Mohawk/Hudson and Literacy NENY."A Merger that will Assist the Area's Jobless," by the News & Advance, Lynchberg, Va. An opinion piece supporting the potential merger of two nonprofit organizations providing services to unemployed individuals in Central Virginia: New Lands Jobs and Lynchberg Community Action Group.