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To Merge or Not to Merge

Charity leaders scanning the external landscape will inevitably encounter the tempting concept of ‘merger’. Mergers are not for the faint-hearted, but neither are they necessarily to be avoided
— Mary Chadwick, Cass Business School

To mark the first anniversary of the merger that formed Charities Institute Ireland, we hosted a breakfast event for Chairpersons and CEO’s to focus on charity mergers - the opportunities, the challenges and practical guidance on how to ensure a successful outcome.

Opening remarks were made by Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director, Ireland, The Ireland Funds.

Setting the Scene for Charity Mergers - Trends in the charity sector: Patricia Quinn, Managing Director of Benefacts provided insights from the Database of Irish Nonprofits.

Merger Process - A guide on ‘How To Merge’: Niamh Callaghan, Partner at Mason Hayes & Curran, specialising in Governance and Restructuring of Charities, has worked with charities of various sizes that have merged. Niamh took guests through the legal methods that can be used and highlighted the main legal stages in the process.

Successful Rebranding: Margaret Gilsenan, Partner and Head of Strategy at the award winnning creative agency Boys and Girls Ltd spoke about the process of successful rebranding and the importance of bringing all your stakeholders on the journey.


Scott Kelley