What to Expect from Nonprofit Business Planning: An Inside Look

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What to Expect from Nonprofit Business Planning: An Inside Look

Why should nonprofits even care about business planning? What are some of the pitfalls? What are the payoffs? In this post, we talk with two of our expert team members about how business planning for nonprofits can be not only practical but powerful, delivering meaningful value in ways you might not even expect.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning
Tags: business models, coaching, financial model, fund deveopment, funders, planning, strategy

Make "Big Bets" Better Bets with Business Planning for Grantees

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Make "Big Bets" Better Bets with Business Planning for Grantees

As the importance of bold grantmaking continues to grow, business planning offers a tool for funders and nonprofits to inform decision making and set the stage for success.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning
Tags: business models, capacity building, funders, grantmaking, philanthropy, planning

How Business Planning Can Guide Change and Bolster Funder Confidence

La Piana Consulting // Monday, November 13, 2017

How Business Planning Can Guide Change and Bolster Funder Confidence

Increasingly, nonprofits and funders are turning to business planning to help them turn their strategies into action. This post, the first in a series, explores how organizations can use business planning to adapt to sector trends, engage funder partners, and achieve success.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning, Change Management, Trends
Tags: business models, funders, grantmaking, implementation, philanthropy, planning, scale, impact, social sector, strategy

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Onuka Ibe

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Onuka Ibe

We recently interviewed Onuka Ibe, Senior Consultant, about the path that brought him to consulting and what he sees as some of the most important the issues, challenges, and opportunities that nonprofits face today.

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Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

David La Piana // Monday, October 30, 2017

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

Leadership is full of paradoxes, and other takeaways from interviews with over 500 corporate CEOs. How do these findings resonate for nonprofit leaders, or how is nonprofit leadership different?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Commentary, Leadership, Trends
Tags: cross-sector, current events, research, private sector

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

La Piana Consulting // Monday, October 16, 2017

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

If you have heard this sentiment before, or if you share it yourself, perhaps it's just time to try a different approach.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: strategy

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

Organizational assessment is a critical component of capacity building, but different approaches present different advantages and limitations. Before investing time and resources, it is important to consider these relative to your specific needs. Here, we compare three common types of organizational assessment to help you in your decision making.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Change Management
Tags: assessment, capacity building, funders, organizational learning

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Lara Jakubowski

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, September 07, 2017

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Lara Jakubowski

In this new post, we're excited to introduce Lara Jakubowski, Senior Consultant. Here, she shares a little about her passion for the sector, thoughts on trends impacting nonprofit sustainability, and the personal pursuits that connect her to family and community.

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Four-Element Leadership

David La Piana // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Four-Element Leadership

Nonprofit leaders have four principal levers for moving their organizations forward, but when any one of these receives too much, or to little, attention or prioritization, the organization cannot perform at its best.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Leadership
Tags: human resources, management, organizational culture, resources

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

A collection of resources to spur fresh thinking for nonprofits, federations, and foundations.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Trends
Tags: business models, innovation, resources, social sector, strategy, vision
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