Entries for October 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Claudette Goldberg

// Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Claudette Goldberg

This blog post is part of our ongoing series highlighting the La Piana team.  This week I sat down with Claudette Goldberg, Operations Manager, community organizer, and former wholesale bakery owner.


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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Courageous Closure: In Search of Nonprofit Happy Endings

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, October 31, 2013

Courageous Closure: In Search of Nonprofit Happy Endings
In this time of unprecedented growth of nonprofits, and correspondingly alarming shrinkage of resources, I would like to issue a challenge. Help us capture the stories of successful nonprofit dissolution--stories where the decision to go out of business was intentional, thoughtful, planful, and ultimately in the public interest. Share with us so that others might learn my example that courageous closure does not equate to failure.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Change Management
Tags: business models, decision making, market awareness, planning, social sector

Leadership is Not a Person

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Leadership is Not a Person
Leadership itself is changing: the future of the sector depends on an evolving concept--and practice!--of leadership that goes far beyond individual "leaders." We need a leader in every chair, so that we can draw on different kinds of leaders for different kinds of problems. Collaborative leadership is a concept that resonates for many of us intellectually, but we are still learning what it means to put it into practice. Are our organizations ready? Are we ready? 

 

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: diversity, organizational culture, organizational structure, social sector, workplace

When Bigger Isn’t Better

David La Piana // Thursday, October 17, 2013

When Bigger Isn’t Better
Americans like things big. Everything from our kitchen appliances to our cars seems to be bigger than what is considered normal in the rest of the world. So we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that our nation’s democratic traditions require big boards. But do bigger boards really lead to better governance, truer representation of constituents, and more effective fundraising—or do they produce just the opposite effect?

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting

Nonprofit Partnership: Are You Ready?

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Nonprofit Partnership: Are You Ready?

Asking and answering some key questions about what your organization wants from a collaboration or strategic restructuring  is part of a “readiness” phase that is important for laying a strong foundation for the rest of the partnership process.

This post explores how the following questions – Why? When? Who? and How? – can be helpful in readying your organization for a nonprofit partnership.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: nonprofit consulting, mergers, strategic restructuring

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Doing Good in the 21st Century

Earlier this year, La Piana Consulting joined Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to explore how emerging trends are changing how we “do good” and in what ways the social sector must adapt to meet these 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

Our shared goal is to inspire open dialogue and bold action about how nonprofits and philanthropies can begin to think differently and work differently to lead social change.

We are pleased to share our Voices from the Field report, an analysis of what we learned, and a companion to a series of video highlights speaking to key themes. 

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Categories: Change Management
Tags: generational shift, innovation, research, sustainability