Work with other organisations

Not-for-profits often work with other organisations when limited resources, funding or tender requirements drive a need to pool resources and expertise or strategically align to access tax concessions.

Working with other organisations
Sometimes the sum of two not-for-profits is greater than the parts. Working together can help where funds and support are limited. This video explains some of the different ways that organisations can work together, from informal collaborations through to amalgamation or merger.

The ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively is one of the great strengths of the community sector. However, while much great work has been achieved when community organisation join forces, the legal landscape is becoming increasingly complicated, and choosing and implementing an appropriate arrangement for your plans can be a challenging process.

There are many ways that organisations can work together, with different levels of formality, different costs involved, and different risks raised. Our new Guide to Working With Other Organisations sets out:

  • different arrangements that organisations can use to work together, from informal MOUs through to full mergers
  • the due diligence process, and
  • legal issues that can arise when working with other organisations such as governance, tax and charity status, real property and intellectual property, people and safety and privacy.

The checklist below has been developed to assist your organisation to navigate all the issues outlined in the Guide above. Download the Checklist here:

With a little prior planning the expectations of all parties can be clearly documented and many risks and potential costs can be effectively managed. First read the Guide above, and then you can find out more about particular arrangements on the pages under this topic. 

Please note that the Working With Other Organisations Guide is the intellectual property of Justice Connect. The Guide can be used by not-for-profits at no cost for non-commercial purposes (for more information see our copyright page).

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