Business Planning

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

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

Your Nonprofit Is In Competition

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your Nonprofit Is In Competition

As beneficial as it has been for nonprofits and foundations to embrace collaboration, it has also made it difficult for the sector to have open conversations about competition. But the fact is, nonprofits are in competition on numerous fronts and on an ongoing basis, not just at grant time.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: competition, market awareness, strategy

What Do You Read to Lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Do You Read to Lead?

I strongly recommend Elevate to any nonprofit leader, worker, or funder. As always when reading a business book, you have to translate it into the nonprofit context, weigh which ideas are relevant or helpful, and then look for a few ideas that were new to you and that you can apply in your work. This book survives that test.

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Categories: Business Planning, Commentary, Strategic Planning, Trends
Tags: business models, nonprofit consulting, innovation, resources, strategy

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

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps
What do you get when you combine Experience Corps, a lauded child literacy program utilizing adult volunteers age 50 and over, with AARP, the nation’s preeminent organization representing adults in that same age demographic? In 2011, the two sat down to the table to ask–and answer–that very question.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients
Tags: civic engagement, collaboration, nonprofit consulting, education, scale, volunteerism

Nonprofit Business Plans: The Funder Perspective

David La Piana // Thursday, September 06, 2012

Nonprofit Business Plans: The Funder Perspective

How can business plans be useful in the context of grantmaking?

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Categories: Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: funders, grantmaking, strategy

Nonprofit Business Planning: Test Your Assumptions (Podcast)

// Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Categories: Business Planning
Tags: business models, planning, podcasts, strategy

How Can Business Planning Help Nonprofits?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Categories: Business Planning
Tags: business models, nonprofit consulting, research