Every data point confirms that the nonprofit sector keeps growing and all indications are that the growth is not slowing down. GivingUSA told us this week that for the second year in a row, giving in both real and adjusted for inflation dropped in 2018. Another source tells us that the percentage dip in giving increases as the amount given decreases. In other words, smaller donors are disappearing faster than those who give bigger gifts, defined as $1000 or more.
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While I frequently rail against the proliferation of nonprofits organizations, the automatic solution to this problem is not mergers. Consideration of a merger should give everyone who cares about the clients of their nonprofit pause—literally. Pause and think about who will truly benefit from a merger?
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You’re a struggling nonprofit? Find an organization with which you can merge. Retiring executive director and no internal candidate to promote to avoid a search? Merge. Add in that both of these situations are Read more