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edition: 11.11.2015

In this special edition: Tough talk from Not for Profit  peak body and sector leaders warning that hundreds of charities should merge or close as too many of them waste valuable resources competing with each other.

In an Australian exclusive, read the opinion pieces from social sector leaders, Tim Costello, David Crosbie, Paul Ronalds and Jayne Meyer Tucker on why mergers matter.

In the UK new research has found that most charity mergers are “rescues” of failing organisations in a brutal environment.

And check out our special NFP Kneebone cartoon on mergers HERE.

EXECUTIVE WEBINAR: Join us on November 12 for our next webinar on MOUs and Mergers with Kate Fazio from Justice Connect to learn more about this sector trend.

Impact 25, 2015: Pro Bono Australia News readers can again decide on the 25 most influential people in the social sector. Nominations for Impact 25 are now open!

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Merge or Shut Down, Australian Charities Told
The Not for Profit sector is facing an efficiency dilemma and hundreds of charities should merge or disappear altogether because too many of them are wasting valuable resources competing with each other, the Community Council for Australia has warned.
OPINION Mergers & Collaborations - Honouring Community Trust
As a sector we need to be honest about the level of duplication in Australia and whether it is beneficial to the community, writes the CEO of World Vision Tim Costello.
OPINION Less Division, More Collaboration
Despite a year full of hurdles, the Federal Government has yet to destroy the spirit of the charity and Not for Profit sector, which despite challenges remains committed, vibrant and full of variety, writes Greens Senator, Rachel Siewert.
Politicians Divided on Charity Mergers
Australia’s federal politicians have mixed views on the call for charities to merge or close.
OPINION Put Ego Aside in Favor of Mergers
Too few sector leaders are challenging themselves to put organisational ego aside and focus on whether they are most effectively achieving their mission, writes CEO of Save the Children Australia Paul Ronalds.
OPINION Merging - One Plus One Can Equal Three
Mergers in the Not for Profit sector are not all about monetary growth options but more about growth in outcomes, writes Jayne Meyer Tucker, the former CEO of Good Beginnings Australia.
Most UK Charity Mergers are ‘Rescues’ in a Brutal Environment
Most charity mergers in the UK are “rescues” of failing organisations in a brutal environment, rather than strategic moves intended to improve services and outcomes, according to new research.
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General Manager Uniting Financial Services
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Future of Families: Preparing for Change - National Conference 2015 Conference | Brisbane
10 - 12 November 2015
Future of Families: Preparing for Change Conference | Australia 10 - 12 November 2015
Australian Communities Forum Forum | Melbourne, Sydney  13 November 2015 - 03 December 2015
COLLABORATION FOR IMPACT CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 2015 Conference | Melbourne 19 - 20 November 2015
Lifting the lid on Marketing Automation Workshop |  Melbourne 19 November 2015 
Policy & Pulse: Australian Community Sector Policy + Research Forum 2015 Forum | Sydney 23 - 24 November 2015
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