Setting up and running a charity – research and analysis

Collaborative working and mergers (RS4)

Charity Commission research explores collaborative working and mergers.



Commission research has shown that charities who work together can bring a wide range of benefits to themselves and their beneficiaries.

Of the charities surveyed, over a third recorded an improvement with their service delivery following a merger. The most common reasons for merging with another charity are:

  • to increase efficiency
  • to rescue a charity in difficulty
  • to prevent duplication and improve services