Ken Goldstein, MPPA

Ken Goldstein has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies from Santa Cruz, to Sacramento, and back to Silicon Valley, since 1989. He's been staff, volunteer, board member, executive director, and, since 2003, a consultant to local nonprofit organizations. For more on Ken's background, click here. If you are interested in retaining Ken's services, you may contact him at ken at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Question: Seeking merger funds

From my email:
There are two nonprofits in my community that are considering a merger/acquisition scenario. I have advised them to bring in a consultant, which they will consider. Do you know of any capacity-building or other grants available that could help with the consultant and other costs of this major strategic move?
Redmond, Oregon
From my reply:

Usually funds for something like that are best sought locally. I can't think of any national foundations, off hand, that are interested in funding merger type activity.

Your best bet is to have honest (and confidential) conversations with the local community foundation, the local United Way, and some of the local funders who are already involved with one (or both) of the organizations.

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