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

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

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

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

New Resource for Nonprofits and Consultants

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits

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

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

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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Categories: Nonprofits

Walking the Line

// Thursday, June 13, 2013

Walking the Line

I recently found myself rediscovering the Johnny Cash song I Walk the Line. It was, in Cash’s own words, a “pledge of devotion” to his first wife, written soon after they were married. I thought of this song this morning when I read the just-released article on America’s Worst Charities.

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Categories: Nonprofits

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

David La Piana // Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Crisis in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits are stressed and need help; they want new ideas, and they must develop new skills. The need for high-quality training and consulting, and for investment in ongoing innovation in management practices, is at its most acute. But these needs have risen just when our capacity-building resources for the sector are at their weakest.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Leadership, Trends
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