Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Collaborative Strategies: Selecting the Right Path

With the competing demands nonprofits face, there is no sense in spending precious time and energy on a collaboration unless there is a clear and compelling purpose for doing so. This post offers guidance to help organizations get clear on where they want a partnership to take them so that they can select the best path to get there.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Vance Yoshida // Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seven Ways Great Boards Excel

Boards set the tone for overall nonprofit performance. Great boards add significant value that can be measured in terms of organizational resources, organizational performance, and organizational influence. But it isn’t easy. In this post, we outline seven practices that help boards excel.

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Categories: Governance

Six Strategies for Sustaining a Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Six Strategies for Sustaining a Collaboration

We often talk about the essential elements of forming a strong nonprofit partnership, but what about the important work of sustaining a collaborative effort, once established?

In this post, we suggest six strategies to maintain momentum and institutionalize the collaboration beyond its initial group of champions so that it delivers lasting value over time.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, February 19, 2015

Common-Sense Tips for Good Collaboration

In this post, we explore three practices that distinguish strong nonprofit and cross-sector partnerships. They’re common-sense tips, but you might be surprised at how difficult it can be to consistently live up to these principles — and how damaging it is to collaborative efforts when they are absent. Take a look and judge for yourself whether your collaboration incorporates these hallmarks of success.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)

Some time ago we posted a blog on how nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs can partner more effectively, and learned that there’s a real appetite for resources on this topic. That’s why we’re looking forward to this weekend’s launch of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Read our mini-review here, and be sure to check it out for yourself.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Governance, Leadership

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

La Piana Consulting // Monday, February 02, 2015

Insights from 2014 and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

When we recently sat down with David La Piana to interview him for a staff profile, we thought it a timely opportunity to ask him about his reflections on the past year and what he anticipates in the year ahead for the nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Commentary, Trends

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with David La Piana

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with David La Piana

This blog post is part of our series introducing the La Piana team. This week we spoke with firm founder and Managing Partner, David La Piana, about changes in the social sector, his advice to new leaders, and (wait for it...) his secret life as an introvert.


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Categories: Our Team

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Kristen Godard

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, January 08, 2015

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Kristen Godard

This blog post is part of our series introducing the La Piana team. This week we spoke with Kristen Godard, Partner and Director of Finance and Operations, about her dedication to nonprofits, the arts, and family.

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Categories: Our Team

Three Ways Real-Time Strategic Planning Advances Nonprofit Collaboration

Bob Harrington // Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Ways Real-Time Strategic Planning Advances Nonprofit Collaboration

Nonprofits face many pressures and opportunities that may lead them to seek a partnership in some haste, without fully considering how it may advance or derail their organizational strategy. Making Real-Time Strategic Planning (RTSP) part of the partnership development process gives organizations a practical way of ensuring that their strategic restructuring is, in fact, strategic.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Strategic Planning

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Value of Being "Strategically Opportunistic"

Very strategic organizations are smart about scanning for and responding to opportunities — that’s part of being strategic! But mastering the balance strategy and opportunity demands that organizations be intentional about building their intended future. So…for every opportunity, how do you respond strategically?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Strategic Planning
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