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 can be achieved when community organisations join forces, the legal landscape is 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, costs, and risks involved.

Our 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)

We have also developed the checklist below to help your organisation work through the issues outlined in our guide above. Download the checklist here:

Planning ahead can set and document the expectations of all parties and help to manage risks and potential costs.

As a first step - read our guide above. You can then find more information about the different arrangements that organisations can use to work together on the pages under this topic.