How the California R&R Network's Strength Helps Move the Agenda Forward

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, April 01, 2014

How the California R&R Network's Strength Helps Move the Agenda Forward

The R&R Network has carefully crafted a strong organization through its strategic vision, the collaborative nature of its member agencies who work to move the network forward, and a tradition of strong and visionary leadership. 

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Categories: Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: networks, impact, vision

Collaboration: Doing it Well

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, March 27, 2014

Collaboration: Doing it Well

"Collaboration” is easily said, much harder to actually do and (more importantly) to do well. At its core, a collaboration should have three things: 1) clear purpose, 2) clear agreements, and 3) clear results. 

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

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Heather Gowdy

// Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Heather Gowdy

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

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Build it Green Uses Mission and Metrics to Guide Decision Making

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Thursday, March 20, 2014

Build it Green Uses Mission and Metrics to Guide Decision Making

Working with La Piana Consulting, Build It Green engaged in a strategy development process that moved the organization through a critical first step of confirming its measure for mission impact: reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Categories: Our Clients, Strategic Planning
Tags: case study, nonprofit consulting, strategy

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Michael Anderson

// Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Michael Anderson

This blog post is part of our ongoing series introducing the La Piana team. This week I spoke with Michael Anderson, the newest member of our team. Michael joined La Piana Consulting in January and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

What do you read to lead?

David La Piana // Thursday, February 27, 2014

What do you read to lead?
Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, doesn't set out to write a book about leadership or management and he certainly does not intend to provide a guide for nonprofits. Rather he tells his own remarkable, very personal story: the journey of a nine-year-old boy growing up in Canada, a country that at the time didn't even have a space program, who becomes an astronaut.  His consistently witty, always entertaining and sometimes profound observations on the value of hard work, humility, and always sweating the small stuff can stand as lessons for us all.
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Categories: Leadership
Tags: resources

More than a Generational Shift

Brenda de Santiago-Stewart // Thursday, February 20, 2014

More than a Generational Shift

Many younger colleagues share an expectation that everyone can play a leadership role at different times, around different issues. And so, the opportunity to leverage this perspective exists within organizations. However, so does the challenge of determining how to do this most effectively. How can we harness this energy to better position organizations to remain effective in a changing environment? How can we create more space at the table, rather than forcing younger workers to wait their turn by extending the line of potential “leaders-in-waiting?” How do we support more experienced leaders to embrace new and different perspectives brought into the sector by what is more than merely a demographic shift?

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Categories: Leadership, Trends
Tags: generational shift, innovation, management, organizational structure, workplace

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

Vance Yoshida // Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Realities Point Us Back to the Fundamentals

When we asked emerging leaders last spring How must the social sector adapt to succeed in meeting 21st Century challenges and opportunities? we handed each a long list of issues and trends that are shaping a “new reality” for nonprofits and foundations.  Yet when today’s up-and-coming social sector professionals told us what they thought it would take for organizations to succeed in this new reality, we were struck by how some of the most powerful answers brought us not to the latest cutting-edge trend, but back to the fundamentals.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends
Tags: community, vision

An Opportunity to Reflect

David La Piana // Friday, January 17, 2014

An Opportunity to Reflect

It is all too easy to get consumed with our own lives and our own work, but as we commemorate social justice and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. let us take time to stop and think about the kind of country we are becoming – and how we can help make it right.


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Categories: Commentary
Tags: civic engagement, social justice, volunteerism

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spotlight on Governance…and Communication

The effective sharing, communication, and analysis of information is the fulcrum upon which the rest of a board’s performance hinges. Our technology-enabled information economy poses as many opportunities for more effective communication as it presents challenges: we have more tools at our disposal to share information, but less bandwidth to filter, absorb, and give thought to this information to turn it into decisions, actions, and results.

As nonprofit boards take stock of their priorities for the coming year, we suggest lifting up communication as an area to examine.

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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting
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