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Affiliation Solutions for Nonprofits

Strategic Affiliation
Solutions for Nonprofits
Facilitated by NYCON Staff Experts

Click below for a list of NYCON completed Strategic Affiliations

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The Process: We Educate, Guide & Support Your Organization through Decision-Making
NYCON currently provides many practical training sessions on affiliation and collaboration solutions. When specialized assistance and consulting is needed, we can help you:

  • Assess your readiness and opportunities

  • Identify and screen compatible partners
  • Design, facilitate and support the due diligence and negotiations process, including drafting of all necessary documents
  • Assist in readiness preparation including any corrective actions needed (accounting, compliance, etc.)
  • Arrange for all the necessary legal work to effectuate the affiliation

Note: Sometimes it is necessary or determined to be best that an organization dissolve or simply go out of business. NYCON provides a full range of services in support of a responsible dissolution and can assist in the winding down of programs and business affairs.

Cost-Effective, Practical & Efficient Solutions
NYCON offers a unique service to our nonprofit clients and members. We work with you via a coordinated package of integrated professional services delivered by our own in-house staff through a proven multi-phased approach.

NYCON’s expert services include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance in determining & developing your nonprofits “readiness” to explore & maximize the benefits of affiliation
  • Assistance in exploring partners & options
  • Facilitation, documentation & logistical management of the negotiating process
  • Financial analysis & “pro-forma” budgeting
  • Direct accounting assistance if there are “fix-it” items important to the process
  • Program inventories, assessment & planning
  • Human resource planning, including comparative personnel policies & compensation/benefits analysis and developing staffing models Cost savings analysis
  • Strategic advice regarding messaging, communications and funder engagement
  • Legal support services: preparation and filing of corporate documents, review & amendments (Certificates of Incorporation, Charters, Bylaws, etc.)
  • Analysis & advice as to legal options
  • Preparation of board and/or membership resolutions
  • Analysis of contracts, state and national affiliation arrangements, and regulatory or licensing requirements that may impact on affiliating
  • Legal representation (via the law firm of Watson & West, PLLC) including issuance of legal opinions, preparation of dissolution & merger documents, etc.

    For further information contact:
    Doug Sauer, CEO, at 518-434-9194, ext 103 or
    Or Melissa Currado, Executive Assistant to the CEO at

2010 NYCON Assisted Affiliation Opportunities Achieved

  • Capital Rep Theatre and Proctors (Capital Region)
  • Capital District Community Loan Fund and Albany Center for Economic Success (Capital Region)
  • Literacy Volunteers of America, Mohawk-Hudson, Inc. and Literacy NENY, Inc. now Literacy New York Greater Capital Region (Capital Region)
  • Newburgh Performing Arts Academy and Glenn Hines Boys & Girls Club (Orange County)


2011 NYCON Assisted Affiliation Opportunities Achieved

  • ArtPeace and Young Audiences (Rochester)
  • Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (Dutchess County)
  • Dutchess County Regional Chamber Foundation, Inc. and the Chamber Foundation, Inc. (Dutchess County)
  • Northeast Area Development Corporation, Inc. and 14621 Community Association, Inc. (Rochester)
  • Rainbow Sage and Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley (Rochester)
  • Rundel Library Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Rochester Public Library, Inc. (Rochester)
  • United Way of Eastern Orleans County, Inc. and United Way of Western Orleans County, Inc. (Orleans County)
  • Volunteers of America, Western New York, Inc. and Step-by-Step of Rochester, Inc. (Rochester)
  • WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, Inc. and The Little Theatre Film Society, Inc. (Rochester)
  • Workers´s Right Law Center and Farmworkers Legal Services of New York (Monroe & Ulster County)

Online Resources


  • Subisidary Service Agreement (NYCON)
  • Task Force Agreement (NYCON)
  • Helpful Websites

    The New York City Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund ("NYMAC") is a new initiative to encourage and enable mergers, acquisitions, and other types of formal, long-term collaborations between nonprofit organizations working in New York City.

    Mergers, Collaborations, and Partnerships As nonprofits consider strategies for the future, it is not unusual for a board or staff to explore the possibility of collaborating or partnering with another nonprofit or even a for-profit entity. Your nonprofit may actively seek out collaborations and partnerships or be sought after as a potential partner. Before plunging into a potential collaboration or partnership, it is helpful to be familiar with common pitfalls and challenges. The National Council of Nonprofits has assembled some helpful resources to get you started.

    Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions: More Than a Tool for Tough Times The troubled economy has put merging with or acquiring another organization front and center on the radar for the senior managers of many struggling nonprofits. Indeed, a Bridgespan Group poll of nonprofit executive directors found that 20 percent of 117 respondents stated that mergers could play a role in how they respond to the economic downturn.

    Merging Wisely-Stanford Social Innovative Review With the economy in turmoil, funders are increasingly pressuring nonprofits to merge. Yet mergers are not always the right path for nonprofits in financial distress. For a healthier nonprofit sector, funders should consider a wider variety of partnership options


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