October 4, 2016; St. Paul Pioneer Press

A nonprofit leader’s retirement or resignation can cause a board of directors to reevaluate organizational purpose and community impact. For that reason, the leadership of MAP for Nonprofits, a St. Paul-based organization, decided to undertake those steps.

“When I announced to my board of directors last November that I was planning to retire, they did what all good boards of directors do,” said Judy Alnes, MAP for Nonprofits’ executive director for 19 years. “They paused and asked, is it right for us to look at a potential merger process or is it it right for us to go straight into a search for a new executive director?”

Last week, MAP announced it is exploring a merger with the Minneapolis-based Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Both of these organizations, to fully disclose, are contributors to NPQ in any number of ways; they are valuable members of our network, producing content that has been enormously popular with NPQ readers. Specifically, MAP has produced one of the more interesting research projects on merger motivations that we have ever seen. Alnes covered this in her article, “Creating Fertile Ground for the Merger Option,” from 2012.

While each organization offers different programs, both hav