Q&A: Tom Dente on mergers in the development sector

Tom Dente, CEO at Humentum. Photo by: Doug Via

Three organizations officially merged today to create Humentum, a new nonprofit focused on providing operational capacity-building services for development, humanitarian, civil society and other international social sector organizations. The two U.S. organizations, InsideNGO and LINGOs, will be registered as one NGO, with the U.K.-registered charity MANGO as a legal affiliate.

Humentum plans to integrate the core capabilities of each organization into its new operations. InsideNGO is made up of 330 international NGOs and experts providing advice and trainings to the sector. LINGOs, also a capacity-building organization, focuses on eLearning. MANGO is a charity aimed at improving financial management and accountability for development and humanitarian NGOs and their partners.  

The new organization hopes to leverage LINGOs’ foundation in digital learning to scale its training content and curriculum. MANGO will meanwhile provide expertise in navigating DfID funding sources, which will complement InsideNGO’s expertise in USAID.

The three organizations have previously collaborated — an experience that both inspired and facilitated their merger, according to Tom Dente, who served as the president and CEO of InsideNGO since 2016 and will become the new CEO of Humentum.

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