13th September 2015Alistair Lomax
Why do funders like mergers?
Funders and philanthropists often complain about how hard it is to make grants or gifts because (they say) there are too many similar organisations doing overlapping work.
If only more of them would get together. After all, an organisation (to them) is only a channel. They want to help a cause or a beneficiary and will choose the most efficient means. More organisations are going through mergers and striking up closer collaboration and partnership. This may start off in response to cuts in statutory funding. But it can also lead to opportunities for funders to leverage impact and for organisations to widen their reach.
I wrote a piece for Governance Magazine based on the 2013 Charity Merger Survey. They asked me to dust it off for a pull-out edition. The conclusions are even more relevant today.