Entries for 'La Piana Consulting'

Make "Big Bets" Better Bets with Business Planning for Grantees

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Make "Big Bets" Better Bets with Business Planning for Grantees

As the importance of bold grantmaking continues to grow, business planning offers a tool for funders and nonprofits to inform decision making and set the stage for success.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning
Tags: business models, capacity building, funders, grantmaking, philanthropy, planning

How Business Planning Can Guide Change and Bolster Funder Confidence

La Piana Consulting // Monday, November 13, 2017

How Business Planning Can Guide Change and Bolster Funder Confidence

Increasingly, nonprofits and funders are turning to business planning to help them turn their strategies into action. This post, the first in a series, explores how organizations can use business planning to adapt to sector trends, engage funder partners, and achieve success.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning, Change Management, Trends
Tags: business models, funders, grantmaking, implementation, philanthropy, planning, scale, impact, social sector, strategy

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

La Piana Consulting // Monday, October 16, 2017

"I Hate Strategic Planning"

If you have heard this sentiment before, or if you share it yourself, perhaps it's just time to try a different approach.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: strategy

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Get What You Need from an Organizational Assessment

Organizational assessment is a critical component of capacity building, but different approaches present different advantages and limitations. Before investing time and resources, it is important to consider these relative to your specific needs. Here, we compare three common types of organizational assessment to help you in your decision making.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Change Management
Tags: assessment, capacity building, funders, organizational learning

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Four Lessons for Effective Strategy Implementation

Developing sound strategy is not enough -- strategic priorities must be translated into action. Here are four lessons from one client's experience moving from strategy to success.

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Categories: Leadership, Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: case study, implementation, management, organizational culture, planning, strategy

Funder Initiatives Open New Doors to Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, May 11, 2017

Funder Initiatives Open New Doors to Nonprofit Collaboration

How foundations and other capacity builders are using a three-phase process of education, assessment, and exploration/negotiation to support nonprofits in implementing collaborative strategies.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: capacity building, collaboration, mergers, philanthropy, strategic restructuring

How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Competitive Advantage Translates to Nonprofit Strategy

Identifying — and using — a competitive advantage is not about “winning” against other nonprofits in the field. It is a strength-based approach to strategy development, ensuring that your organization puts its best foot forward on behalf of its mission and those it exists to serve. This post draws from real examples to show how strategy can be about leveraging or deepening an existing competitive advantage, creating one where none could be identified, or combining strengths with another organization to further mutual goals.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning
Tags: competition, planning, strategy

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

In nonprofit collaborations, alliances, and strategic restructuring, effective communications can significantly improve the process and outcomes, while poor communications can sabotage success. Make sure your collaboration avoids common pitfalls with these ten key characteristics of effective communications in nonprofit partnerships.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, implementation, mergers, strategic restructuring

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

Over the past six months, we’ve had the good fortune to partner with more than 100 client organizations of all sizes, located across the nation, and serving a diverse array of social missions. Although each engagement is unique, a few common challenges and opportunities have surfaced that we believe are influencing the sector more broadly.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, diversity, implementation

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

As a leader, are you ready to help your organization navigate a possible merger or similar strategic restructuring opportunity? Readiness is an important success factor in nonprofit partnerships. This post poses a few key questions to help executives anticipate and prepare for what will be demanded of them when navigating a strategic restructuring process.

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