Entries for June 2013

Hit “Refresh”: Organizational Restructuring

Scott Cotenoff // Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hit “Refresh”: Organizational Restructuring

“Organizational restructuring” is a phrase that can inspire dread in the hearts of nonprofit staff and board members alike. New org charts, titles, roles, and responsibilities…Who has the time to think about all this, when our real work demands full attention? Endless meetings and planning sessions, not to mention staff anxiety, is what usually comes to mind when thinking about retooling your nonprofit to adapt to changing times and new goals.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

Bob Harrington // Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

As a life-long skier, one of my greatest joys is skiing the back country — out of bounds of a ski resort on a fresh powder day. This is where a skier finds fresh, untracked snow that has not been groomed by the ski resort. But this is also where there can be significant danger of avalanches. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture

Is Your Nonprofit Disaster-Ready?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Is Your Nonprofit Disaster-Ready?

Nonprofits and foundations play a pivotal role in helping communities respond to and recover from natural disasters and other tragedies. But in order for local service providers and philanthropies to be there for others in times of great need, they must first successfully weather the storm themselves.

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Walking the Line

// Thursday, June 13, 2013

Walking the Line

I recently found myself rediscovering the Johnny Cash song I Walk the Line. It was, in Cash’s own words, a “pledge of devotion” to his first wife, written soon after they were married. I thought of this song this morning when I read the just-released article on America’s Worst Charities.

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: donors, funders, fundraising, resources

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

David La Piana // Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits are stressed and need help; they want new ideas, and they must develop new skills. The need for high-quality training and consulting, and for investment in ongoing innovation in management practices, is at its most acute. But these needs have risen just when our capacity-building resources for the sector are at their weakest.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Leadership, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting

Client Spotlight: NAACP

La Piana Consulting // Monday, June 10, 2013

Client Spotlight: NAACP

In 2011, the NAACP launched a strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of a powerful vision for the future and set organizational goals to guide its work in the 21st Century. These five goals — Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights and Political Representation — are its “Game Changers.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Luis Vergara

// Friday, June 07, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Luis Vergara

This interview with Senior Manager Luis Vergara is part of our ongoing series featuring members of the La Piana team.

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The Power of Smart Questions

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Power of Smart Questions

I could be a poster child for the phenomenon known as “growth through resistance.” It is not a pretty process, fraught with needless pain and suffering. Yet the lessons that I have learned by conquering my own resistance have proven to be the indelible ones. My journey from resisting to embracing the power of “smart questions” is paramount among these.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: coaching, evaluation