September 18, 2018; Toledo Blade
The other day, NPQ and BoardSource presented a webinar exploring the new world of nonprofit strategic alliances. Here’s a good example of how much variety there is in combining forms, what platforms of previous relationship they are built upon, and the motivations behind them.
After nine months of negotiations, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet Association have announced that on the first of the year, they will merge and, under the new name Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), they will serve as equal partners in one organization that will also include a community education component. Zak Vassar, the president and CEO of the Symphony, will take the staff reins of the new entity.
As is often the case, this option surfaced when one of the executives decided to leave—in this case, the executive director of the Ballet. But the relationship did not emerge out of the blue. “This partnership is a natur