Board Development Should Not Be an “Add-On”

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Board Development Should Not Be an “Add-On”

The board is critical to effective strategy formation and implementation, yet board development often takes a back seat when it comes to nonprofits' organizational development priorities. As we begin working with organizations on strategy or other significant change processes, it is not uncommon for the board chair or CEO to say to us "actually, we could probably use some improvement in how our board functions."


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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting, diversity

Working From...Where?

// Friday, March 01, 2013

Working From...Where?
La Piana Consulting, like Yahoo, could limit itself to hiring employees who live within commuting distance of a physical office.  If we did, however, we would lose a lot of talented – and productive – individuals.  Life is complex, and messy, and everyone is juggling.   Yes, most of us face distractions at home.  Having worked in a “traditional” office before coming to La Piana, however, I can attest to the fact that there are just as many distractions in that setting.  Working effectively in the face of distraction is a skill everyone must hone these days – as is working collaboratively with individuals and groups that aren’t close enough to pass the chocolate.

 

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Categories: Commentary, Trends
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting

Part 2: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Part 2: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

This is the second post in a three-part series exploring how individual grantmakers and funder collaboratives develop and implement strategies to support nonprofits in strategic restructuring. 

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

Flawed Philanthropy: Seven Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, nonprofit consulting, philanthropy

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps
What do you get when you combine Experience Corps, a lauded child literacy program utilizing adult volunteers age 50 and over, with AARP, the nation’s preeminent organization representing adults in that same age demographic? In 2011, the two sat down to the table to ask–and answer–that very question.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients
Tags: civic engagement, collaboration, nonprofit consulting, education, scale, volunteerism

Part 1: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Part 1: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

For nearly six years, we've been working with individual grantmakers and funder collaboratives to develop and implement strategies to support nonprofits in strategic restructuring. There are three primary strategies: prizes, initiatives, and funds. We'll share a little about each of these in this three-part blog series throughout the coming month.

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

Cold Feet: Second Thoughts in the Midst of a Merger

Bob Harrington // Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Cold Feet: Second Thoughts in the Midst of a Merger

In many merger explorations there is a time when one or both of the organizations experience some level of cold feet, usually toward the end of the process.

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

The Palate Cleanser CEO

David La Piana // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership
Tags: nonprofit consulting, executive transition

The Palate Cleanser CEO

David La Piana // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership
Tags: nonprofit consulting, executive transition

The “New Math” of Non-Merger Partnerships

Vance Yoshida // Friday, January 25, 2013

The “New Math” of Non-Merger Partnerships

As complex as mergers can be, it is important to acknowledge that joint programs and other collaborations often take just as much planning and attention, if not more so. 

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: nonprofit consulting, mergers, strategic restructuring, administrative consolidation, joint programming, joint venture, management services organization
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