Bob Harrington // Tuesday, January 7, 2014
When two or more nonprofits decide to merge, there is generally a lot of interest, inquiry, and work regarding the integration of staff — and staff cultures — of the organizations. The integration of the boards of the merging organizations can be equally critical, though it often does not receive the level of attention it deserves. The integration phase of bringing the organizations together must include establishing mutually agreed upon expectations and responsibilities for both the board as a whole and for individual board members coming onto the merged board. A board assessment framework can assist in the evaluation of potential changes that can enhance the functioning of the merged board and the organization as a whole, ensuring strong integration and setting the stage for success.