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Partnerships, Mergers, & Acquisitions: What to Know About Where to Start

September 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

Partnerships, Mergers, and Acquisitions

We’re online! This training will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email before the event.

Working together with other nonprofits for community good

More than 1.5 million nonprofits are at work in the United States today, pursuing missions and community programs that often overlap and complement one another. Opportunities abound for nonprofits to build relationships with one another — and for grantmakers to play a role in that process — that can help them do the most community good while limiting personal and organizational burnout.

This workshop, led by Leslie Starsoneck and Kevin Peterson with special guest Sean Pattison, will explore options for working together that fall along a continuum from loose partnerships to formally combining organizations. The session will examine how to maximize organizational resources and impact — including consolidating human and financial resources, sharing administrative and/or program space and administrative costs, and developing integrated service delivery systems.

A confidential pre-session survey of participants will focus the content and prioritize the most pressing questions participants have about ways to partner.

Following the session, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the continuum of options available to nonprofits in pursuit of more formalized working relationships with other nonprofits.
  • Understand the rationales and some technical aspects behind these options.
  • Reflect upon and analyze participants’ own partnerships.


Price: $79
Current GVSU students/staff/faculty: $25
Deadline to Register: Sept. 24

Photo: Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson joined the Johnson Center in 2015 and currently serves as a program associate, helping manage and deliver nonprofit and grantmaker capacity-building efforts. Kevin is a board member of the national Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and also serves as board co-chair for the Grand Rapids chapter of YNPN. Learn more about Kevin.

Photo: Leslie Starsoneck
Leslie Starsoneck, M.S.W., is the director of Learning Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. In this role, she oversees the center’s educational and professional development offerings for foundation and nonprofit practitioners. Previously, Leslie provided consulting services to a wide variety of nonprofits, foundations, and for government agencies focusing on the assessment and enhancement of organizational and system strengths. Learn more about Leslie.

Photo: Sean Pattison
As a leader on Plante Moran’s restructuring and transformation team, Sean Pattison works with manufacturing and distribution companies to solve their most challenging and difficult problems, enhance their profit margins, and get them back on the course to success. He also specializes in strategy and operations, supply chain, and process improvement. Learn more about Sean.


September 30, 2021
2:00 pm–4:00 pm EDT
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