Foundations

Frameworks That Can Help Your Nonprofit Manage Change

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Frameworks That Can Help Your Nonprofit Manage Change

Managing change is a critical competency for nonprofits, their staff leadership, and their boards. While organizational change is never easy, we have found frameworks such as the three highlighted here useful in making it more manageable for nonprofits for whom constant change is the new normal.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Change Management, Leadership
Tags: management, organizational culture, planning, social sector

What to Expect from Nonprofit Business Planning: An Inside Look

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What to Expect from Nonprofit Business Planning: An Inside Look

Why should nonprofits even care about business planning? What are some of the pitfalls? What are the payoffs? In this post, we talk with two of our expert team members about how business planning for nonprofits can be not only practical but powerful, delivering meaningful value in ways you might not even expect.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Business Planning
Tags: business models, coaching, financial model, fund deveopment, funders, planning, strategy

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

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

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

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

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

Six Strategies for Sustaining a Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Six Strategies for Sustaining a Collaboration

We often talk about the essential elements of forming a strong nonprofit partnership, but what about the important work of sustaining a collaborative effort, once established?

In this post, we suggest six strategies to maintain momentum and institutionalize the collaboration beyond its initial group of champions so that it delivers lasting value over time.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, networks, joint programming
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