There are many reasons why voluntary sector organisations decide to work together. It could be to achieve a similar aim, jointly working on a specific campaign, or to save costs.
You need to be aware of the potential advantages and risks associated with working with another organisation before you take any decisions. Each organisation should undertake their own risk assessment and seek professional advice before entering into an agreement with another. Outlined below are some of the issues to take into consideration:
Here are some of the main ways in which voluntary sector organisations can work together:
The Institute for Voluntary Action Research have produced a guide Thinking about Merger during Covid 19 for senior staff and trustees of small and medium-sized voluntary organisations, bringing together the experiences of a wide variety of voluntary organisations and advisers that have contemplated or carried out merger.