Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Vance Yoshida

// Thursday, December 05, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Vance Yoshida

This blog post is part of our ongoing series highlighting the La Piana team.  This week I sat down with Vance Yoshida, Senior Manager.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Revisiting a Classic Holiday Poem for #GivingTuesday

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, December 02, 2013

Revisiting a Classic Holiday Poem for #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday Eve, we are getting into the spirit of the day by revisiting a classic holiday poem...

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: community, philanthropy

The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

La Piana Consulting // Friday, November 01, 2013

The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

We regularly remark upon the significance of a great CEO-board chair relationship. A strong, well-functioning board is one of a nonprofit’s most important assets, and one that is often underutilized. It’s only when the CEO and board chair work in concert to support and develop their board, that they get the most out of this valuable resource.


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Categories: Governance
Tags: board development

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Claudette Goldberg

// Thursday, October 31, 2013

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Claudette Goldberg

This blog post is part of our ongoing series highlighting the La Piana team.  This week I sat down with Claudette Goldberg, Operations Manager, community organizer, and former wholesale bakery owner.


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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Courageous Closure: In Search of Nonprofit Happy Endings

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, October 31, 2013

Courageous Closure: In Search of Nonprofit Happy Endings
In this time of unprecedented growth of nonprofits, and correspondingly alarming shrinkage of resources, I would like to issue a challenge. Help us capture the stories of successful nonprofit dissolution--stories where the decision to go out of business was intentional, thoughtful, planful, and ultimately in the public interest. Share with us so that others might learn my example that courageous closure does not equate to failure.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Change Management
Tags: business models, decision making, market awareness, planning, social sector

Leadership is Not a Person

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Leadership is Not a Person
Leadership itself is changing: the future of the sector depends on an evolving concept--and practice!--of leadership that goes far beyond individual "leaders." We need a leader in every chair, so that we can draw on different kinds of leaders for different kinds of problems. Collaborative leadership is a concept that resonates for many of us intellectually, but we are still learning what it means to put it into practice. Are our organizations ready? Are we ready? 

 

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: diversity, organizational culture, organizational structure, social sector, workplace

When Bigger Isn’t Better

David La Piana // Thursday, October 17, 2013

When Bigger Isn’t Better
Americans like things big. Everything from our kitchen appliances to our cars seems to be bigger than what is considered normal in the rest of the world. So we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that our nation’s democratic traditions require big boards. But do bigger boards really lead to better governance, truer representation of constituents, and more effective fundraising—or do they produce just the opposite effect?

 

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

Nonprofit Partnership: Are You Ready?

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Nonprofit Partnership: Are You Ready?

Asking and answering some key questions about what your organization wants from a collaboration or strategic restructuring  is part of a “readiness” phase that is important for laying a strong foundation for the rest of the partnership process.

This post explores how the following questions – Why? When? Who? and How? – can be helpful in readying your organization for a nonprofit partnership.

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

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Doing Good in the 21st Century

Earlier this year, La Piana Consulting joined Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to explore how emerging trends are changing how we “do good” and in what ways the social sector must adapt to meet these 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

Our shared goal is to inspire open dialogue and bold action about how nonprofits and philanthropies can begin to think differently and work differently to lead social change.

We are pleased to share our Voices from the Field report, an analysis of what we learned, and a companion to a series of video highlights speaking to key themes. 

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Categories: Change Management
Tags: generational shift, innovation, research, sustainability

When a Nonprofit Merger is Deeply Personal

Bob Harrington // Thursday, September 12, 2013

When a Nonprofit Merger is Deeply Personal

Recently I had the privilege and pleasure to be involved in several negotiations processes that were deeply personal to the members of the boards of directors and leadership staff.   All such projects have a certain level of personal involvement; board members and staff are naturally attached to their organization and its mission, and sometimes have family or friends that have utilized the services. The depth of attachment can vary depending on the mission, programs, and communities served by the organizations involved. One project in particular really drove this home for me.  


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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients
Tags: nonprofit consulting, mergers, strategic restructuring
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