San Francisco is offering a good example of how nonprofits and their donors (at least the Community Foundation) are coming together, literally. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, nonprofits facing the weight "of state funding cuts, smaller foundation grants and an alarming drop-off in donations" are looking at mergers as one answer. And the Community Foundation is playing a major role in providing the financial support for mergers.
After all, "The Bay Area is home to 25,000 nonprofits - one of the highest concentrations in the nation. There are 7,000 in San Francisco alone, although nearly half are small, with budgets below $25,000. The combined budgets of all the region's nonprofits account for 14 percent of the Bay Area's gross national product - twice the national average."
San Francisco is definitely a model to be observed for the future of the nonprofit sector.