Trends

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

Building More Powerful Organizations

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, June 26, 2014

Building More Powerful Organizations

Every day, we get to work with nonprofits that are dedicated to creating a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Many of these organizations are reaching a kind of midlife crisis, or at least an inflection point at which the old rules seem to no longer apply. That prompts us to reflect on where we have been and what comes next.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Trends
Tags: competition, social justice, 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
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