Merging with another Nonprofit: Critical Conversations for Nonprofits

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
  • 20


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When Your Powers Combine: Why Nonprofits Should Not Fear Mergers

Navigating the new reality is a fact of life for every nonprofit organization.  Covid-19 has changed almost everything about the way nonprofits work. Many nonprofits have lost income and might need to consider the possibility of dissolution.  Leadership – both staff and board – are facing greater challenges than ever before including changing community needs and priorities; staff reductions; changes in the delivery of programs and services and funding shortfalls leading some to consider the possibility of merging.

Strategic partnerships and mergers can give some nonprofits an opportunity to survive.

Nonprofit mergers and/or strategic partnerships can result in significant benefits like increased visibility and program strengthening and expansion.  On the flip-side, mergers that are ill conceived can result in wasted time, energy, loss of public trust and gaps in support services. 

This workshop is designed to assist nonprofits considering merging or strategic partnering to gain knowledge about the process and answer key questions: 

  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Do you have a potential candidate with which to merge and partner. 

Costs: Nonprofit Network Members $25
  ~Guests of Members $15

Future Members $40.00 
~Additional non-member from same organization $30

*Once registered you will receive a confirmation email, along with follow-up reminders and login info prior to the event.

*This is part of our Critical Conversations Series;

What is a Virtual Workshop?

NN will present Virtual Workshops via Zoom or GoToMeeting.  They will be a live interactive webinar presented by one or more of our facilitators. We will be replicating our in-person facilitation style and the workshop will be engaging and require dialogue. We will provide you a login link and a copy of the presentation ahead of time via email. You will also be emailed all coordinating documents in order to follow along, ask questions and provide feedback. 

You will need access to a Computer, notebook, or tablet. If you do not have a microphone or sound on your PC or tablet  you can also dial-in by phone.

How to join a Zoom meeting, click HERE


Facilitated by:

Sharon Castle
Capacity Builder

Sharon's approach to her work as a Capacity Builder is based on her commitment to provide excellent service with the highest degree of professional integrity. She enjoys working with a diverse clientele who have a passion for their mission.  Having worn many hats – Executive Director, Development Director, Board Member, Volunteer, Consultant and Donor –  in the nonprofit sector affords Sharon a unique perspective in her work as a Capacity Building Consultant at Nonprofit Network. 

She has over 30 years of experience in the sector including management, planning, coaching and fundraising and enjoys assisting organizations increase their capacity.

She credits her in-depth knowledge to her years as Deputy Director of Development for the American Lung Association of Michigan where she managed a team and was responsible for all aspects of statewide development efforts focusing on relationship building; the Michigan Historical Museum where she headed the Michigan Historical Center Foundation, worked with museum staff on setting goals with an eye to private support and completed the fundraising for the 20th Century permanent galleries; and for more than 20 years as President of Castle & Associates, Inc. a full-service organizational management firm where she assisted clients with strategic planning, coaching, and all aspects of philanthropy.  She was a long-time volunteer facilitator at Gryphon Place where she trained volunteers to utilize active listening and empathy skills when working with individuals in crisis.  Sharon recently completed courses in Cognitive Coaching Foundation and Adaptive Schools expanding her repertoire of practical facilitation tools including:  skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus; ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict; and strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful.

Regina Pinney
Executive Director

Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 

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