Entries for June 2014

Building More Powerful Organizations

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, June 26, 2014

Building More Powerful Organizations

Every day, we get to work with nonprofits that are dedicated to creating a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Many of these organizations are reaching a kind of midlife crisis, or at least an inflection point at which the old rules seem to no longer apply. That prompts us to reflect on where we have been and what comes next.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Trends
Tags: competition, social justice, strategy

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Lester Olmstead-Rose

// Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Lester Olmstead-Rose

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Lester Olmstead-Rose. Lester joined La Piana Consulting in 2005 and is based in San Francisco, CA.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Brenda de Santiago-Stewart

// Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Brenda de Santiago-Stewart

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Brenda de Santiago-Stewart. Brenda joined La Piana Consulting in 2011 and is based in Providence, RI. 

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

I strongly recommend Elevate to any nonprofit leader, worker, or funder. As always when reading a business book, you have to translate it into the nonprofit context, weigh which ideas are relevant or helpful, and then look for a few ideas that were new to you and that you can apply in your work. This book survives that test.

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Categories: Business Planning, Commentary, Strategic Planning, Trends
Tags: business models, nonprofit consulting, innovation, resources, strategy

Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

The Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy recently issued its National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles. In the introduction to the study the authors say, “Governments and nonprofit organizations partner to provide needed services in communities across the country. Contracts and grants are the mechanisms governments use to fund these partnerships.” Reading the report, one can only conclude that government at all levels is a lousy partner.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends
Tags: government, grantmaking, human resources