There is a wide array of ways in which nonprofit organizations can combine, affiliate, or otherwise come together. Some involve a complete integration of programs, activities, membership, donors, volunteer leadership, and staff, while some provide for maintaining varying degrees of separateness and autonomy. There are pros, cons, and considerations to take into account for each option. And sometimes one option can be a stepping stone to a fuller combination. Often the decisions are based on legal, tax, or economic concerns, sometimes power and politics will dominate the decision-making process, and usually it is a combination of all of these factors.
This article lays out some of the primary means by which nonprofit organizations frequently combine, affiliate, and otherwise come together in various ways. It explains what they each mean, and also highlights some of the primary considerations that come into play with each option.
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