Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

In this latest installment of our series getting to know the La Piana staff, we talk with Amia Grashin, Shaquile Coonce, and Trish Fisher, three key members of our project services team. In this interview, they tell us about their professional journeys, role models, observations about the sector, and commitments to social change.

Amia, Shaquile, and Trish each contribute thought partnership, communications support, and superhuman organizational skills to our work with nonprofit and foundation clients across the country. Read on, and get to know the people who help keep a dozen consultants in line (no easy feat)!

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Categories: Our Team

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

The past week has seen a flurry of dialog about foundation life spans, highlighting the choice between permanence and planned spend-down. In this post, we've gathered an array perspectives and resources on the topic, and invite you to voice your own thoughts. 

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Categories: Foundations, Trends

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

As consultants, we welcome the opportunities we have to help organizations come to appreciate their diversity and to understand how marshalling their differences behind a shared goal can create greater impact.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, March 21, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

This blog post is part of our series getting to know the La Piana team. This week we spoke with Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant, about her approach to consulting, what inspires her, and her advice for emerging leaders.

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Categories: Our Team

New Data on Success Factors in Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Friday, February 26, 2016

New Data on Success Factors in Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting’s Strategic Restructuring Self-Assessment Tool (SRAT) supports board and staff discussions about partnership opportunities and readiness. In this first-ever compilation of aggregate data from the SRAT, quantitative analysis confirms and gives texture to much of what we know anecdotally about success factors leading to meaningful collaboration. 

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, February 18, 2016

Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

Business planning can help nonprofits make their strategy real. Consider these three questions to assess whether the timing may be right for your organization to use business planning to get where it needs to go.

 

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Categories: Business Planning

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

Board members play a unique and integral role in identifying collaboration as a strategic option, exploring opportunities, and negotiating meaningful partnerships that can advance the organization's mission.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Governance, Strategic Planning

The Collaborative Map: Making Sense of Nonprofit Partnerships

La Piana Consulting // Monday, December 07, 2015

The Collaborative Map: Making Sense of Nonprofit Partnerships

The Collaborative Map illustrates the diversity and fluidity of mission-driven collaboration, reflecting the many ways nonprofits can, and do, work with other nonprofits, for-profit firms, unincorporated groups, and government entities to advance common goals.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

With the competing demands nonprofits face, there is no sense in spending precious time and energy on a collaboration unless there is a clear and compelling purpose for doing so. This post offers guidance to help organizations get clear on where they want a partnership to take them so that they can select the best path to get there.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Vance Yoshida // Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Boards set the tone for overall nonprofit performance. Great boards add significant value that can be measured in terms of organizational resources, organizational performance, and organizational influence. But it isn’t easy. In this post, we outline seven practices that help boards excel.

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Categories: Governance
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