Local nonprofits join forces

Two local nonprofits have joined forces.

CHIP of Greater Richmond has merged with Family Lifeline, creating an abuse-prevention and health services organization with 40 employees and a combined annual budget of $3.5 million.The two merged effective Jan. 1. The new organization will keep the name Family Lifeline. CHIP will now be referred to as CHIP, a program of Family Lifeline.The groups started working together in 2004, and in 2008 they began sharing a finance director and looking into other ways they could collaborate.

“We’re the only two providing home visit support in this area,” said Amy Strite, former executive director of CHIP, who is now the COO of Family Lifeline.

“Our ultimate goal is to serve the families better by coming together and position ourselves for growth.”

No programs will be cut as a result of the merger. There will also be no cuts in staff or salaries.

Grace Sparks, Family Lifeline’s CEO, said that they help almost 1,000 families a year and that with this consolidation they will be able to serve more communities.

“Both organizations were in good shape. We have similar missions, so it’s a good fit for both of us,” said Sparks.

CHIP will bring its 19 employees to Family Lifeline for a full-time staff of 40 employees.

The boards of directors of both organizations also combined to create a 32-member board at Family Lifeline.

The combined organization will be housed at Family Lifeline’s headquarters at 2325 W. Broad St. The former CHIP headquarters at 2922 W. Marshall St. will be a program site.

Before merging, Family Lifeline’s annual budget was about $2.2 million, and CHIP’s was about $1.3 million, according to Sparks.

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