Trends

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

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

David La Piana // Monday, October 30, 2017

Leadership Lessons from the "Corner Office"

Leadership is full of paradoxes, and other takeaways from interviews with over 500 corporate CEOs. How do these findings resonate for nonprofit leaders, or how is nonprofit leadership different?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Commentary, Leadership, Trends
Tags: cross-sector, current events, research, private sector

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

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Building Resilience with Strategic Restructuring: An Interview with HI USA’s Russ Hedge

HI USA is a nonprofit whose purpose is to inspire a genuine understanding of people, places, and cultures to create a more tolerant world. In this interview, CEO Russ Hedge speaks with us about his organization’s transformative experience of restructuring, leadership lessons, and the value of advocacy.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership, Trends
Tags: advocacy, market awareness, strategic restructuring, strategy

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

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

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

La Piana Consulting // Monday, February 02, 2015

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

When we recently sat down with David La Piana to interview him for a staff profile, we thought it a timely opportunity to ask him about his reflections on the past year and what he anticipates in the year ahead for the nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, impact

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Feral Board Member: Tapping Untamed Talent

Building a pipeline of young leaders who have the capacity — or willingness — to give time, talent, and treasure to nonprofit boards is one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit organizations. The fact is that these individuals are, by nature, feral in their outlook on life and work. Less structure is more, and commitment is fleeting. So, how might the nonprofit sector adapt to capitalize on the considerable talents of feral board members — of any age? Perhaps it’s time for a new board paradigm….

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Trends
Tags: board development, generational shift, innovation

Betting on Bold Change

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Betting on Bold Change

The nonprofit sector is a tough place to take risks, but we believe the trend toward thinking bigger and acting bolder will define the future of the sector. For nonprofits, not taking the right risks can mean losing out on becoming stronger or growing, asserting leadership in the field or community, or increasing mission-driven impact. But how do you work through the fear of taking the risk?

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Categories: Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Trends
Tags: decision making, innovation, social sector

Resets, Balance, and the Future of Philanthropy

// Thursday, July 24, 2014

Resets, Balance, and the Future of Philanthropy

In a recent article for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Barr Foundation’s Jim Canales challenges fellow foundation leaders to reset their default attitudes. Touching on key issues such as data and metrics, and the tension between being a leader and being part of something bigger, he encourages funders to consider new ways of thinking, doing, and being. We saw similar themes emerge in a project we undertook with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, where we found that the philanthropic sector must master the art of balance, as they are increasingly challenged to manage two seemingly contradictory ideas or approaches simultaneously.  

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Categories: Foundations, Change Management, Trends
Tags: organizational culture, philanthropy
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