Members Only Free, Members-Only Webinar: Partnerships, Mergers, and Acquisitions – The New Vocabulary for Social Service Agencies


If your organization is like many social service agencies, you are witnessing a transformation from pay-for-performance to value-based reimbursement. Shifts in reimbursement models are aligned with heightened funder expectations of robust customer service, high satisfaction rates, and active stakeholder engagement. How will this shift affect your operations, employees, and constituents — and are you prepared for such change? This webinar will explore different organizational structures — partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures — and what to consider when preparing to make changes. We will also discuss the financial, operational, technological, and cultural issues your organization should consider as you embark on this process. Finally, the webinar will focus on the framework your organizations will require for moving forward, including your decision-making processes.


Through participation in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize key contributors to the changing human services landscape;
  • Distinguish between different organizational structures, including partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and join ventures; and
  • Identify key financial, operational, technological and cultural considerations when exploring a new organizational structure.

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.

Price: Free for Providers’ Council members

Presented by: Alison Glastein Gray, President, Pear Associates

Alison Glastein Gray, President of Pear Associates, is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations expand their operations and programs. After demonstrating her ability to lead and grow a number of nonprofit organizations, Alison launched Pear Associates in 1999 to share her expertise with others. Working with a range of health and human services organizations, Alison helped her clients consider new strategies and services to boost their mission. She also worked with her clients to solicit the necessary resources that would allow the realization of the vision, with a focus on institutional and government funders.

In 2008, Alison returned to full-time employment. Her positions further developed her skills and experience in nonprofit management and advisory services. With the demand for her expertise in grant writing, strategic planning, program development, and communications ever-present, Alison enthusiastically relaunched Pear Associates in 2018. Through Pear Associates, Alison is excited to support a wide range of nonprofits, providing much-needed expertise and resources to help nonprofit organizations grow.

Alison received a Master of Education degree with a focus on adult learning from Suffolk University. She enhanced her finance skills through Babson Executive Education and her program development proficiencies through the Institute of Communication Improvement. Alison is a member of Boston Business Women, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nonprofit Consultants Network, and Grant Professionals Association. She is a Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children with the CASA Project Of Worcester and serves on the Rise and Shine Planning Committee for Project Hope. She lives with her wife, two teenage children, and six fur babies in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Daily, Education and Membership Associate, by email or phone: (508)-598-9679