The New York City affiliate of the Alzheimer's Association is splitting off from the parent group after rejecting a proposal to formally consolidate the charity's independent chapters into a single legal and financial entity, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Under a longstanding federation arrangement, the New York office operated largely on its own but contributed 40 percent of unrestricted donations to the Chicago-based association in exchange for the use of its name and logo. The national group's board approved a proposal in October to merge its 54 affiliates into a single structure that association leaders termed the best way to ensure unified programming and execute a strategic plan to address Alzheimer's nationally.
Leaders of the New York chapter said the consolidation risked alienating donors and volunteers and could jeopardize programs for local clients and caregivers. Its board voted Nov. 18 to disassociate from the national organization, and its staff is now planning for a new name, brand, and Web presence.