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Non-profit merger: An uncommon journey toward a Common Future

Emily Mochizuki Lutyens July 7, 2022

Nonprofit mergers are rare; in fact, most attempted mergers fail. Yet if we are tackling big missions (e.g. how to reimagine and rebuild an economy that works for everyone), we need as much power as we can get.

In 2022, Uncharted and Common Future successfully merged, combining decades of experience and valued staff into one.

Learn from the CEO of Common Future and former Managing Director of Uncharted how these two mission and culture-aligned organizations merged to become a more powerful entity together focused on economic and racial justice.

How did we do it, what were the big take-aways, what have we learned after 6 months of integration, and what are the prerequisites and components that are most important in beating the odds?



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Power and Capital


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Purpose: a case study that provides visibility into our how, what resulted in terms of exponential impact, our big learnings and failings 6 months out, so more organisations can benefit from non-profit mergers. Desired outcome: for more organisations to consider mergers and to understand the prerequisites/components that are most important in beating the odds (where 90% of mergers fail), There will be interactive Q&A and dialogue.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Academia

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Service Providers


  • NameRodney Foxworth
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCommon Future
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameEmily Mochizuki Lutyens
  • TitleVP of Portfolio Strategy
  • OrganizationCommon Future
  • StatusConfirmed
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