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How to Implement a Nonprofit Merger

Lessons from the Connecticut Foodshare Merger

In part 1 of our series, we explored the factors and timing nonprofits should consider when thinking about a potential merger. Last month, we explored what happens once a nonprofit is ready to roll up its sleeves and do the work needed for a merger or alliance with another.

In this final and third installment, we explore what happens when two nonprofits cross the […]

2022-08-31T16:59:34+00:00August 25, 2022|

Job Opportunities | Darien Community Association



The Darien Community Association (DCA)  in Darien, CT enriches the Darien community in a welcoming, historic setting for lifelong learning, philanthropy, and enjoyment.

We do this in four distinct ways:

  • Activities: We offer a wide range of programs, classes and groups — both in-person and virtually, and attended pre-COVID by 1500 participants each month.
  • Philanthropy: As the largest provider of college scholarships to Darien […]
2022-12-01T21:14:03+00:00August 25, 2022|

The Nuts and Bolts of Doing a Nonprofit Merger

Lessons from the Connecticut Foodshare Merger

Last month, we explored the factors and timing nonprofits should consider when thinking about a potential merger. If the timing and conditions are right for the organizations (like it was for CT Food Bank and FoodShare) to explore a merger or possible alliance, here’s the process The Strategy Group (TSG) prescribes for the optimal outcome for all:

  1. Organizational Scan: TSG talks with key stakeholders […]
2022-07-07T13:46:56+00:00July 6, 2022|

Program Director | Building One Community



Building One Community (“B1C”) – Stamford, Connecticut’s comprehensive resource center for immigrants, is looking for a full-time Program Director who will help chart B1C’s strategic response to an increasing demand for its services. The Program Director will oversee departments critical to the success of B1C, including English Language Learning, Family & Individual Services, and Workforce Development, and will […]

2022-12-01T21:14:57+00:00July 6, 2022|

Why and When Should Nonprofits Consider a Merger?

Lessons from the Connecticut Foodshare Merger

Why do nonprofits typically look to merge? Nonprofit organizations typically merge to grow, to stabilize or, at times, to survive. Organizations who are not interested in a full merger may want to pursue a “strategic alliance” or “strategic collaboration” to create greater efficiencies or expand their reach. Whether looking at a merger or an alliance, organizations are often looking to:

  • increase service delivery and/or geographic […]
2022-07-07T13:46:18+00:00June 9, 2022|

How a Nonprofit Merger Led to a Bigger and Better Mission


On Wednesday, May 3, TSG’s Debra Hertz facilitated a conversation with the principals from Connecticut Foodshare on how they handled the “make or break moments” to maximize the merger’s impact and success. Some overall key learnings from the webinar:

  1. Respect the process. It matters.
  2. Leadership (both staff and board) is essential.
  3. Culture is key.
  4. Walk through the pain. The […]
2022-05-09T18:39:22+00:00May 4, 2022|

Database Manager | Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich



For over 100 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG) has offered Greenwich kids a safe place to learn and grow. Every day over 350 kids come to BGCG after school. Programs focus on academic enrichment, healthy lifestyles, and character development. In addition, the organization runs a summer program at its downtown location and at Camp Simmons.

The organization seeks […]

2022-04-25T22:57:02+00:00April 24, 2022|

Deputy Director of Programs | Fairfield Museum and History Center



Fairfield Museum and History Center is hiring a new Deputy Director of Programs. The Deputy Director for Programs will plan and implement strategies for delivering a broad range of creative programs, events, and exhibits that advance the Fairfield Museum’s educational mission, expand community partnerships, and encourage deeper engagement with diverse audiences throughout southwestern CT. The Deputy Director for […]

2022-12-01T21:08:45+00:00April 22, 2022|

Job Opportunities | Kids in Crisis


Since 1978, Kids in Crisis in Greenwich, CT has provided critical social services to more than 160,000 babies, children, teens and their families. Kids In Crisis staff serve on more than 20 children’s advocacy working groups at the national, regional, state and local levels. They have received local and national recognition for its work, and serves as a model for […]

2022-12-01T21:15:46+00:00April 5, 2022|

Strengthening Nonprofits with Capacity Building: An Investment in Success and Long-Term Impact

Nonprofit sustainability, or the ability to continue delivering relevant social impact day in and day out, has always been important to nonprofit leaders and to The Strategy Group. We see that in the strategic plans we guide our clients to create, in the people we help them hire, and in the retreats and workshops we conduct for staff and board to build strong foundational organizations. However, the work doesn’t end […]

2022-04-05T22:40:24+00:00April 5, 2022|
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