Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, February 18, 2016

Three Questions to Assess Your Need for Business Planning

Business planning can help nonprofits make their strategy real. Consider these three questions to assess whether the timing may be right for your organization to use business planning to get where it needs to go.

 

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Categories: Business Planning
Tags: business models, decision making, planning, strategy

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Ways Boards Advance Nonprofit Collaboration

Board members play a unique and integral role in identifying collaboration as a strategic option, exploring opportunities, and negotiating meaningful partnerships that can advance the organization's mission.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Governance, Strategic Planning
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategy

The Collaborative Map: Making Sense of Nonprofit Partnerships

La Piana Consulting // Monday, December 07, 2015

The Collaborative Map: Making Sense of Nonprofit Partnerships

The Collaborative Map illustrates the diversity and fluidity of mission-driven collaboration, reflecting the many ways nonprofits can, and do, work with other nonprofits, for-profit firms, unincorporated groups, and government entities to advance common goals.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, strategic restructuring, strategy, administrative consolidation, joint programming, joint venture, management services organization, parent subsidiary

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

With the competing demands nonprofits face, there is no sense in spending precious time and energy on a collaboration unless there is a clear and compelling purpose for doing so. This post offers guidance to help organizations get clear on where they want a partnership to take them so that they can select the best path to get there.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, decision making, strategic restructuring

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Vance Yoshida // Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Boards set the tone for overall nonprofit performance. Great boards add significant value that can be measured in terms of organizational resources, organizational performance, and organizational influence. But it isn’t easy. In this post, we outline seven practices that help boards excel.

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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development

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

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, February 19, 2015

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

In this post, we explore three practices that distinguish strong nonprofit and cross-sector partnerships. They’re common-sense tips, but you might be surprised at how difficult it can be to consistently live up to these principles — and how damaging it is to collaborative efforts when they are absent. Take a look and judge for yourself whether your collaboration incorporates these hallmarks of success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, cross-sector, organizational culture

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

Some time ago we posted a blog on how nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs can partner more effectively, and learned that there’s a real appetite for resources on this topic. That’s why we’re looking forward to this weekend’s launch of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Read our mini-review here, and be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Governance, Leadership
Tags: resources, social sector

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

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with David La Piana

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with David La Piana

This blog post is part of our series introducing the La Piana team. This week we spoke with firm founder and Managing Partner, David La Piana, about changes in the social sector, his advice to new leaders, and (wait for it...) his secret life as an introvert.


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Categories: Our Team
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