Entries for March 2013

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

// Friday, March 29, 2013

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

Whenever we note that mergers are not necessarily a path to cost savings , we invariably get a few frustrated responses demanding, “Well then what’s the point?” Nonprofits are mission-driven, and the ultimate goal of a merger – like any other strategy – is an enhanced ability to advance the mission. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: case study, collaboration, mergers

How Well is Research Truly Informing the Sector?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, research

Where Good Ideas Go to Die (And How to Rescue Them!)

David La Piana // Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where Good Ideas Go to Die (And How to Rescue Them!)

In my experience working with the boards, CEOs, and staffs of countless nonprofits over many years, I have come to believe that many organizations have a well-developed idea-killing apparatus. The execution method varies, but usually falls into one of three categories.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: decision making

Part 3: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Part 3: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

This is the third and final post in a three-part series exploring how individual grantmakers and funder collaboratives develop and implement strategies to support nonprofits in strategic restructuring.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: assessment, collaboration, initiatives, mergers, strategic restructuring

Board Development Should Not Be an “Add-On”

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Board Development Should Not Be an “Add-On”

The board is critical to effective strategy formation and implementation, yet board development often takes a back seat when it comes to nonprofits' organizational development priorities. As we begin working with organizations on strategy or other significant change processes, it is not uncommon for the board chair or CEO to say to us "actually, we could probably use some improvement in how our board functions."


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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting, diversity

Working From...Where?

// Friday, March 01, 2013

Working From...Where?
La Piana Consulting, like Yahoo, could limit itself to hiring employees who live within commuting distance of a physical office.  If we did, however, we would lose a lot of talented – and productive – individuals.  Life is complex, and messy, and everyone is juggling.   Yes, most of us face distractions at home.  Having worked in a “traditional” office before coming to La Piana, however, I can attest to the fact that there are just as many distractions in that setting.  Working effectively in the face of distraction is a skill everyone must hone these days – as is working collaboratively with individuals and groups that aren’t close enough to pass the chocolate.

 

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Categories: Commentary, Trends
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting