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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

The Dark Side of Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Dark Side of Collaboration

These “dangers” of collaboration constitute a dark side that we sometimes don’t want to admit to, that there are in fact serious hurdles when nonprofits seek to join together in the spirit of partnership. Often, joint focus on a shared mission will help overcome them. But we should not pretend that these very real obstacles don’t exist. After all, take it from Yoda: “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership
Tags: collaboration

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

The past week has seen a flurry of dialog about foundation life spans, highlighting the choice between permanence and planned spend-down. In this post, we've gathered an array perspectives and resources on the topic, and invite you to voice your own thoughts. 

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Categories: Foundations, Trends
Tags: donors, funders, grantmaking, philanthropy, resources, strategy

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

As consultants, we welcome the opportunities we have to help organizations come to appreciate their diversity and to understand how marshalling their differences behind a shared goal can create greater impact.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, impact

New Data on Success Factors in Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Friday, February 26, 2016

New Data on Success Factors in Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting’s Strategic Restructuring Self-Assessment Tool (SRAT) supports board and staff discussions about partnership opportunities and readiness. In this first-ever compilation of aggregate data from the SRAT, quantitative analysis confirms and gives texture to much of what we know anecdotally about success factors leading to meaningful collaboration. 

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: assessment, collaboration, mergers, research, strategic restructuring

Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, February 18, 2016

Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

Business planning can help nonprofits make their strategy real. Consider these three questions to assess whether the timing may be right for your organization to use business planning to get where it needs to go.

 

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Categories: Business Planning
Tags: business models, decision making, planning, strategy

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

Board members play a unique and integral role in identifying collaboration as a strategic option, exploring opportunities, and negotiating meaningful partnerships that can advance the organization's mission.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategy
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