When Merger is Not Enough

David La Piana // Thursday, May 16, 2013

When Merger is Not Enough

Marywood, Inc. was in its tenth decade of providing Austin, Texas with adoption and foster care services when it realized it was in a financial crisis. The economics of its field had changed: the number of newborns in need of adoption had decreased, and while this was a very good thing, as a result the organization was bleeding cash.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

It's time to reinforce the message Latinos sent during the 2012 elections: we are a power and force to be reckoned with! While momentum was gained during the election, I would say that some of the energy has been lost.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Trends

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Doing Good in the 21st Century

This April, La Piana Consulting launched a joint project with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)  aimed at examining what “doing good” means in the 21st Century and how the sector can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Trends

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

Vance Yoshida // Sunday, May 05, 2013

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

One of the more common challenges in building strong nonprofit partnerships comes when bringing one or more small or modest-sized organizations together with a very large organization. The power differential that exists among the partners can be a significant barrier to building the level of trust needed for real collaboration to develop.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Bob Harrington

// Friday, April 19, 2013

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Categories: Our Team

Changing Organizational Habits

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Friday, April 05, 2013

Changing Organizational Habits

One of the greatest impediments to moving forward after restructuring or adopting a new business strategy is organizational entrenchment in old habits—the source of comfort, familiarity, and certainty that ensures homeostasis and predictability.

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Categories: Nonprofits

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

// Friday, March 29, 2013

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

Whenever we note that mergers are not necessarily a path to cost savings , we invariably get a few frustrated responses demanding, “Well then what’s the point?” Nonprofits are mission-driven, and the ultimate goal of a merger – like any other strategy – is an enhanced ability to advance the mission. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

How Well is Research Truly Informing the Sector?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends

Where Good Ideas Go to Die (And How to Rescue Them!)

David La Piana // Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where Good Ideas Go to Die (And How to Rescue Them!)

In my experience working with the boards, CEOs, and staffs of countless nonprofits over many years, I have come to believe that many organizations have a well-developed idea-killing apparatus. The execution method varies, but usually falls into one of three categories.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Strategic Planning

Part 3: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

Jo DeBolt // Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Part 3: Prizes, Initiatives, and Funds

This is the third and final post in a three-part series exploring how individual grantmakers and funder collaboratives develop and implement strategies to support nonprofits in strategic restructuring.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
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