Entries for 'Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs'

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Building a pipeline of young leaders who have the capacity — or willingness — to give time, talent, and treasure to nonprofit boards is one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit organizations. The fact is that these individuals are, by nature, feral in their outlook on life and work. Less structure is more, and commitment is fleeting. So, how might the nonprofit sector adapt to capitalize on the considerable talents of feral board members — of any age? Perhaps it’s time for a new board paradigm….

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Trends
Tags: board development, generational shift, innovation

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

In 2009, La Piana Consulting began exploring transformational forces in the social sector from multiple perspectives.  With support from the James Irvine Foundation, we first conducted research and interviewed thought leaders to identify five emerging trends, the ways that they will reshape the social sector, and the core competencies of social sector organizations that will thrive in the convergence of those trends. Earlier this year, as an extension of that exploration we partnered with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to capture in Doing Good in the 21st Century the perspectives of young leaders in philanthropy on what social sector organizations will need to succeed in the 21st Century. Not surprisingly, we found echoes of some of the same themes continuing to reverberate five years after our first study – one of these is sector blur. 

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Categories: Trends
Tags: business models, cross-sector, sector blur

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

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

Changing Organizational Habits

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Friday, April 05, 2013

Changing Organizational Habits

One of the greatest impediments to moving forward after restructuring or adopting a new business strategy is organizational entrenchment in old habits—the source of comfort, familiarity, and certainty that ensures homeostasis and predictability.

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: nonprofit consulting, implementation, strategy

Flawed Philanthropy: Seven Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy