Turning Four Cs Into a Straight-A Consulting Experience

Scott Cotenoff // Thursday, January 17, 2013

After 25 years of working on the "inside" of nonprofit organizations as an ED, senior leader, and manager, I have recently joined the world of consulting. While I'd never be so bold as to paraphrase a famous athlete who, infamously, "brought his talents" to another place, my experience working with consultants as the organization's staff contact has taught me a few things about how to ensure that consultancy projects produce positive outcomes. These lessons can be summarized by four "Cs"--clarity, commitment, communication, and collaboration.

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Scott Cotenoff

// Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Scott Cotenoff
Scott Cotenoff is one of two new consultants to join the La Piana team in 2013.  To learn a little bit more about him, Scott and I sat down for a mini interview of sorts.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Recession’s Lingering Impact and the New Abnormal

David La Piana // Friday, December 21, 2012

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: government

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 14, 2012

While most strategic plans include goals like growing the organization by 5% more money or 10% more clients, when the opportunity is there and leaders have the insight and tenacity to seize it, much greater magnitude change is a real possibility.

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Tags: impact, strategy, vision

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

While most strategic plans include goals like growing the organization by 5% more money or 10% more clients, when the opportunity is there and leaders have the insight and tenacity to seize it, much greater magnitude change is a real possibility.

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Tags: impact, strategy, vision

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Prepares Nonprofits for Partnership

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Prepares Nonprofits for Partnership

On April 24, 2012, La Piana Consulting partnered with the Weingart Foundation, the California Community Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Luskin School at UCLA to launch the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, designed to support Los Angeles area nonprofits interested in pursuing partnerships as a way to strengthen their organizations in difficult times.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, strategic restructuring

Wishful Thinking is Not a Fund Development Strategy: A Tale of Two Boards

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership
Tags: board development, fund deveopment, fundraising

Purple Pajamas and the Power of Change

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Purple Pajamas and the Power of Change

 Is your organization prepared to see the world with a fresh set of eyes?  

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Categories: Change Management
Tags: nonprofit consulting

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

Is Your Board Ready to Lead Change?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, September 06, 2012

Is Your Board Ready to Lead Change?

How do you know your board is ready to lead change? Even good boards can get stuck in a rut. It is easy to settle into the status quo and to forget that the board itself is an organizational asset that must be developed, tended to, and mobilized, just like any other. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: assessment, board development, nonprofit consulting
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