This insightful guide shows how by joining forces, nonprofits can use consolidation as a strategic tool to enhance, rather than undermine mission. As nonprofits find ways to increase effectiveness in services and fundraising and face the growing competition for limited resources, they can focus on their real goal-serving their constituents.
Arsenault explores the various options for consolidation-including joint ventures and partnerships, management service organizations, parent corporations, and mergers. She also details the negotiation process and demonstrates how to design and frame the consolidation process in a positive and constructive way for staff, donors, and constituents. Written for nonprofit managers and boards, Forging Nonprofit Alliances determines which options are right for an organization and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of all members of nonprofit board and staff in planning and implementing an alliance.
Table of contents
WHEN MISSION MATTERS MOST.
Discovering Strategic Opportunities.
Preparing for Organizational Change.
UNDERSTANDING ALLIANCE OPTIONS.
Joint Ventures and Partnerships.
Management Service Organizations.
NEGOTIATING AND IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENTS.
Conducting Exploratory Negotiations with Possible Partners.
Negotiating a Formal Agreement.
Designing the New Governance Structure.
Integrating Corporate Cultures.
Finalizing Definitive Agreements and Planning the Transition.
A. The MacMillan Matrix.
B. Outline for a Request for Proposals: Partner Search.
C. Worksheet for Constructing a Response Policy.
D. Sample Letter of Intent.
E. Focus Group Questions.
"At a time when nonprofits are developing strategic alliances at a record pace, Jane Arsenault provides a clear, straightforward road map for pursuing a variety of such alliances. Her sensitivity to the importance of corporate culture and the presentation of numerous structural options contributes to a better understanding of this important subject. Arsenault's work is instructive to both nonprofit leaders pursuing such alliances and academicians who study their development." (John A. Yankey, Leonard W. Mayo Professor, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University)
"This book is a 'must-read' for any nonprofit CEO or board member today and beyond. In an easy-to-read, well-organized format, it takes the reader step by step through the intricate process of forming alliances in the nonprofit sector. It explores how to best harness the power of corporate structure in keeping with the values and missions of the nonprofit. I have been wishing for such a book for years, and here it is!" (David S. Lauterbach, president and chief executive officer, Kent County Mental Health Center)
"Forging Nonprofit Alliances gives me exactly the kind of help I seek: engaging, real-life examples; clear, illustrative graphs and charts; comprehensive bibliography; and practical suggestions." (Analee Wulfkuhle, chief executive officer, Old Colony Hospice)