Entries for 'Melissa Mendes Campos'

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Five Quick Reads to Give Your Nonprofit a Midsummer Boost

A collection of resources to spur fresh thinking for nonprofits, federations, and foundations.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Trends
Tags: business models, innovation, resources, social sector, strategy, vision

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, January 30, 2017

There Are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

Nonprofits have never had so much to do with so much at stake, so we understand the impulse to respond and act quickly. But we also know that the wrong shortcut can put you on a road to nowhere. That's why it is critically important to balance action orientation with the thinking and preparation to give strategic direction to that action.

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Categories: Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting, decision making, implementation, planning, strategy, vision

Streamlining Board Committees

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, November 14, 2016

Streamlining Board Committees

Client Experiences with the “Three-Committee” Board Structure
Streamlining your board committees can result in reduced demands on board members and staff, closer ties to board leadership, and more intentional links between committee work and board agendas. But there's more to it. In this post, we caught up with three nonprofit leaders to learn from their experiences with the "three-committee" structure and what it has meant for their organizations — including its place as a part of larger efforts around board development and effectiveness.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, committee structure

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Mike Allison

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Mike Allison

In this edition of our staff interview series, we talk with Mike Allison, Senior Manager, about the parallels between community organizing and organizational development, as well as nonprofits’ growing advocacy role, and the latest book informing Mike’s ongoing inquiry and practice of strategy.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: advocacy, nonprofit consulting

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, August 18, 2016

Consolidation in National Networks Takes Heat

In the past week, news articles about two major national networks have raised the question of whether consolidation among their respective councils and chapters has done more damage than good. The concerns are real, but there's also always more to the story.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Commentary
Tags: current events, networks, organizational culture, strategic restructuring, strategy

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

ln this latest post in our series of interviews with the La Piana team, we spoke with Doug Green, Senior Consultant, about his experience in the sector, how nonprofit financials tell an important story, and his own storytelling pursuits.

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Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

In this latest installment of our series getting to know the La Piana staff, we talk with Amia Grashin, Shaquile Coonce, and Trish Fisher, three key members of our project services team. In this interview, they tell us about their professional journeys, role models, observations about the sector, and commitments to social change.

Amia, Shaquile, and Trish each contribute thought partnership, communications support, and superhuman organizational skills to our work with nonprofit and foundation clients across the country. Read on, and get to know the people who help keep a dozen consultants in line (no easy feat)!

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Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, March 21, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

This blog post is part of our series getting to know the La Piana team. This week we spoke with Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant, about her approach to consulting, what inspires her, and her advice for emerging leaders.

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Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

With the competing demands nonprofits face, there is no sense in spending precious time and energy on a collaboration unless there is a clear and compelling purpose for doing so. This post offers guidance to help organizations get clear on where they want a partnership to take them so that they can select the best path to get there.

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

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, February 19, 2015

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

In this post, we explore three practices that distinguish strong nonprofit and cross-sector partnerships. They’re common-sense tips, but you might be surprised at how difficult it can be to consistently live up to these principles — and how damaging it is to collaborative efforts when they are absent. Take a look and judge for yourself whether your collaboration incorporates these hallmarks of success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, cross-sector, organizational culture
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