Strategies for survival – a virtual event for charity leaders

January 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


The Covid-19 crisis has placed new pressures on charities. In an environment of uncertainty with scarce resources, what strategies can allow organisations to survive, thrive and meet users’ needs more effectively? ‘Bumping along from crisis to crisis isn’t sustainable long term.’

Join legal expert Lawrie Simanowitz and long-time charity adviser Ben Cairns for a 90 minute exploratory discussion.

What we’ll cover

·         Starting with simple questions

·         Exploring your options – including closure

·         A collaboration spectrum

·         A closer look at merger: drivers, success factors and legal requirements

Our workshop is designed to help you consider your options if your organisational survival is at stake. It will draw on  IVAR and Bates Wells’ recent free-of-charge publication Thinking about… Merger, during Covid-19.

‘What should matter most is the preservation of the work, not saving the organisation. And if the work is still needed, your job is to find a way of delivering it.’

Who is this session for?

The session is aimed at CEOs, COOs, FDs and trustees of voluntary organisations who are concerned about organisational survival.

Meet your co-hosts

Lawrence Simanowitz

Partner at the law firm Bates Wells. Lawrie has advised on many charity mergers, from small charities to major national organisations and international NGOs.

Ben Cairns

Director of IVAR. Ben has more than 25 years’ experience of work in and around the voluntary sector as a volunteer, manager, trustee and researcher. He has supervised over 200 projects ranging from small organisational reviews with grassroots groups to national programmes of support and learning. He has direct experience of leading a merger process, and has supported more than 50 voluntary organisations thinking about and going through mergers.

This event is currently fully booked. Please email [email protected] to register your interest in attending.