Entries for 'Jo DeBolt'

In Forging Partnerships, Avoid Putting Form Over Function

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Forging Partnerships, Avoid Putting Form Over Function

Figuring out where you want to go and determining all of the things you’ll need to get there is the smart beginning point in forming strategic partnerships. Rushing to the decision on structure may leave you with your bags packed only to discover you can’t get where you want to go on the vehicle you chose.  

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategic restructuring

Nonprofit Merger Myths

Jo DeBolt // Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nonprofit Merger Myths

Merger can be a powerful choice for nonprofits, but like any strategy, it has its utility as well as its limitations. We must be rigorous in testing our assumptions and expectations about what merger is, and what it isn’t. This post takes on three of those most common assumptions, or myths, and counters with real-world experience from helping scores of nonprofits use mergers (and other collaborative strategies) to achieve lasting social impact.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: mergers, strategic restructuring

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

Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Strategic Planning in Idaho Public Schools: What if schools led change?

The state of Idaho now requires all school districts and public charter schools to develop and maintain strategic plans, as one of several recommendations from a Governor’s Task Force to improve student performance. On May 6, 2014, La Piana's Jo DeBolt joined the ED Sessions 2.0, a monthly speaker series for Idaho educators, for “What if schools led change?” a discussion about strategic planning for schools. 

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Categories: Strategic Planning
Tags: innovation, strategy, sustainability

Building Adaptive Capacity

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Building Adaptive Capacity

Strong organizational capacity can’t be imported or taught; it has to be built over time by nurturing and encouraging the organization’s strengths over its weaknesses. What can be taught are the skills and habits that help organizations understand and develop sound strategies. Adaptability is a quality that organizations can develop to position themselves to succeed.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Leadership, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture, technology

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

Part 2: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Part 2: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

This is the second 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: collaboration, funders, mergers, strategic restructuring

Part 1: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Part 1: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

For nearly six years, we've been working with individual grantmakers and funder collaboratives to develop and implement strategies to support nonprofits in strategic restructuring. There are three primary strategies: prizes, initiatives, and funds. We'll share a little about each of these in this three-part blog series throughout the coming month.

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