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

Technology for the Nonprofit Soul

// Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Technology for the Nonprofit Soul

Increasingly, we all recognize that every individual has the power to make a meaningful difference -- not just in our own community, but far beyond. We don't have to wait for, or depend on, an established organization to make things happen. Technology is one of the driving forces behind this shift. What are some of the most forward-thinking social change agents focused on these days? Here are a few tech-related trends we've been watching with interest...

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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends
Tags: case study, collaboration, cross-sector, fundraising, innovation, social entrepeneurship, social media, social sector, technology

La Piana Consulting Launches New Website

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, August 26, 2013

La Piana Consulting Launches New Website

This summer, we are putting a fresh face forward with new branding and a completely redesigned website and blog -- all reaffirming our commitment to helping nonprofits and foundations think ahead to stay ahead. Over the past year, we have watched the sector evolve, examined our role in it, and identified new ways to communicate the kinds of partnerships we want to have with nonprofits and foundations like yours. In this post, we invite you to peek behind the scenes and share in some of the lessons we learned from this process, and we invite your comments and feedback.

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting, technology

New Resource for Nonprofits and Consultants

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Hit “Refresh”: Organizational Restructuring

Scott Cotenoff // Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hit “Refresh”: Organizational Restructuring

“Organizational restructuring” is a phrase that can inspire dread in the hearts of nonprofit staff and board members alike. New org charts, titles, roles, and responsibilities…Who has the time to think about all this, when our real work demands full attention? Endless meetings and planning sessions, not to mention staff anxiety, is what usually comes to mind when thinking about retooling your nonprofit to adapt to changing times and new goals.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

Bob Harrington // Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Avoiding Groupthink in Nonprofit Partnership Negotiations

As a life-long skier, one of my greatest joys is skiing the back country — out of bounds of a ski resort on a fresh powder day. This is where a skier finds fresh, untracked snow that has not been groomed by the ski resort. But this is also where there can be significant danger of avalanches. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture

Is Your Nonprofit Disaster-Ready?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Is Your Nonprofit Disaster-Ready?

Nonprofits and foundations play a pivotal role in helping communities respond to and recover from natural disasters and other tragedies. But in order for local service providers and philanthropies to be there for others in times of great need, they must first successfully weather the storm themselves.

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