Resources for Social Enterprise Done Right

// Friday, December 20, 2013

Resources for Social Enterprise Done Right
It is exciting to see the extent that social enterprise — everything from “double bottom line” businesses operating within a nonprofit structure to separate-but-affiliated for-profit ventures — has taken off in many corners of the sector.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Trends

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sector Blur Expands Opportunities for Impact

In 2009, La Piana Consulting began exploring transformational forces in the social sector from multiple perspectives.  With support from the James Irvine Foundation, we first conducted research and interviewed thought leaders to identify five emerging trends, the ways that they will reshape the social sector, and the core competencies of social sector organizations that will thrive in the convergence of those trends. Earlier this year, as an extension of that exploration we partnered with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to capture in Doing Good in the 21st Century the perspectives of young leaders in philanthropy on what social sector organizations will need to succeed in the 21st Century. Not surprisingly, we found echoes of some of the same themes continuing to reverberate five years after our first study – one of these is sector blur. 

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Categories: Trends

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taking Stock: Questions for Nonprofit Leaders

The end of the year is a natural time to think about how far we’ve come and where we’re going next. For nonprofit leaders this is not only a good practice for professional growth — it can also benefit the organization. But with precious little time and unrelenting demands, how should a leader focus this kind of self-inquiry to fit it into their busy year-end schedule? Our staff compiled this list of questions to help nonprofit leaders take stock, glean insights, and yield meaningful results.


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Categories: Leadership

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring: A Retrospective

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, December 19, 2013

Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring: A Retrospective

Nonprofit partnerships are a major focus of our business at La Piana Consulting (and have been since our inception), so we recently sat down to look at this work for what trends, stories, and lessons might emerge. Based on a sample of our past 50 consulting engagements in which collaboration or strategic restructuring played a central role, we can see how collaborative strategies are evolving across the sector. Take a look at what we've found, and chime in with your feedback!

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

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

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

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

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

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

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
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