When two or more charities choose to join as one organisation or group, this is called merging or amalgamating.

Merging with another organisation is different to winding up your charity. It is also different to charities working together but staying legally separate, or charities reporting to the ACNC as a group.

Charities may choose to merge because they:

  • think that it would benefit the groups of people they help
  • have the same or similar purposes, cultures and values
  • conduct the same or similar activities
  • already work together
  • want to share resources and funding, or
  • think that they would be more effective if they worked together.

There has been much debate about whether charities that do similar work in the same area should merge. In some cases merging will bring efficiencies and expand the breadth of a charity’s service, but it may be not be the right answer for every charity.

The responsibility to decide to merge sits with a charity’s Responsible Persons - its committee or board.