Walking the Line

// Thursday, June 13, 2013

Walking the Line

I recently found myself rediscovering the Johnny Cash song I Walk the Line. It was, in Cash’s own words, a “pledge of devotion” to his first wife, written soon after they were married. I thought of this song this morning when I read the just-released article on America’s Worst Charities.

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: donors, funders, fundraising, resources

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

David La Piana // Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits are stressed and need help; they want new ideas, and they must develop new skills. The need for high-quality training and consulting, and for investment in ongoing innovation in management practices, is at its most acute. But these needs have risen just when our capacity-building resources for the sector are at their weakest.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Leadership, Trends
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting

Client Spotlight: NAACP

La Piana Consulting // Monday, June 10, 2013

Client Spotlight: NAACP

In 2011, the NAACP launched a strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of a powerful vision for the future and set organizational goals to guide its work in the 21st Century. These five goals — Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights and Political Representation — are its “Game Changers.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Luis Vergara

// Friday, June 07, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Luis Vergara

This interview with Senior Manager Luis Vergara is part of our ongoing series featuring members of the La Piana team.

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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

Building Adaptive Capacity

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Building Adaptive Capacity

Strong organizational capacity can’t be imported or taught; it has to be built over time by nurturing and encouraging the organization’s strengths over its weaknesses. What can be taught are the skills and habits that help organizations understand and develop sound strategies. Adaptability is a quality that organizations can develop to position themselves to succeed.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Leadership, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture, technology

When Merger is Not Enough

David La Piana // Thursday, May 16, 2013

When Merger is Not Enough

Marywood, Inc. was in its tenth decade of providing Austin, Texas with adoption and foster care services when it realized it was in a financial crisis. The economics of its field had changed: the number of newborns in need of adoption had decreased, and while this was a very good thing, as a result the organization was bleeding cash.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: mergers

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

It's time to reinforce the message Latinos sent during the 2012 elections: we are a power and force to be reckoned with! While momentum was gained during the election, I would say that some of the energy has been lost.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Trends
Tags: civic engagement, diversity, volunteerism

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Doing Good in the 21st Century

This April, La Piana Consulting launched a joint project with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)  aimed at examining what “doing good” means in the 21st Century and how the sector can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Trends
Tags: civic engagement, volunteerism

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

Vance Yoshida // Sunday, May 05, 2013

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

One of the more common challenges in building strong nonprofit partnerships comes when bringing one or more small or modest-sized organizations together with a very large organization. The power differential that exists among the partners can be a significant barrier to building the level of trust needed for real collaboration to develop.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: mergers
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