Collaborative working and mergers: an introduction (CC34)

Find out the issues and factors you need to think about when working in partnership or merging with other organisations.

Applies to England and Wales



Charities that work together can operate more efficiently, deliver better services and save money. This can happen by sharing services and staff, or by formally merging charities together.

This guidance highlights issues for charity trustees and staff. It describes:

  • ways of working in partnership
  • different types of structures
  • the processes involved

The guidance helps charity trustees decide whether they want to proceed, how to go about it. and when to involve the Charity Commission.

Published 1 November 2009
Last updated 14 June 2023 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to reflect changes introduced by the Charities Act 2022.

  2. First published.