Where Collaboration Meets Communication

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where Collaboration Meets Communication

In nonprofit collaborations, alliances, and strategic restructuring, effective communications can significantly improve the process and outcomes, while poor communications can sabotage success. Make sure your collaboration avoids common pitfalls with these ten key characteristics of effective communications in nonprofit partnerships.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ear to the Ground, Eye on the Horizon: Notes from the Field

Over the past six months, we’ve had the good fortune to partner with more than 100 client organizations of all sizes, located across the nation, and serving a diverse array of social missions. Although each engagement is unique, a few common challenges and opportunities have surfaced that we believe are influencing the sector more broadly.

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7 Questions for Nonprofit Leaders Considering Strategic Restructuring

As a leader, are you ready to help your organization navigate a possible merger or similar strategic restructuring opportunity? Readiness is an important success factor in nonprofit partnerships. This post poses a few key questions to help executives anticipate and prepare for what will be demanded of them when navigating a strategic restructuring process.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership

Charter Schools Make Smart Use of Strategic Alliances and Restructuring

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Charter Schools Make Smart Use of Strategic Alliances and Restructuring

Charter schools have generally been born out of the vision of a founding team consisting of individuals who bring a deep commitment to the community they’ll serve and a particular approach to educating students. It’s a highly personal undertaking — so how could collaboration among charter schools strengthen the sector when so many exist due to the independent ideas and investments of a few?

I predict mergers in the charter sector will become more prevalent over the next three to five years, as the political landscape and financial climate continues to change. However, mergers are not the only option.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

Melissa Mendes Campos // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Doug Green

ln this latest post in our series of interviews with the La Piana team, we spoke with Doug Green, Senior Consultant, about his experience in the sector, how nonprofit financials tell an important story, and his own storytelling pursuits.

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Categories: Our Team

The Dark Side of Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Dark Side of Collaboration

These “dangers” of collaboration constitute a dark side that we sometimes don’t want to admit to, that there are in fact serious hurdles when nonprofits seek to join together in the spirit of partnership. Often, joint focus on a shared mission will help overcome them. But we should not pretend that these very real obstacles don’t exist. After all, take it from Yoda: “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Leadership

Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

Melissa Mendes Campos // Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Get to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Our Project Services Team

In this latest installment of our series getting to know the La Piana staff, we talk with Amia Grashin, Shaquile Coonce, and Trish Fisher, three key members of our project services team. In this interview, they tell us about their professional journeys, role models, observations about the sector, and commitments to social change.

Amia, Shaquile, and Trish each contribute thought partnership, communications support, and superhuman organizational skills to our work with nonprofit and foundation clients across the country. Read on, and get to know the people who help keep a dozen consultants in line (no easy feat)!

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Categories: Our Team

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A Timely Topic: Perpetual or Limited-Life Philanthropy?

The past week has seen a flurry of dialog about foundation life spans, highlighting the choice between permanence and planned spend-down. In this post, we've gathered an array perspectives and resources on the topic, and invite you to voice your own thoughts. 

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Categories: Foundations, Trends

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Together, Not the Same: Strength in Diversity and Collaboration

As consultants, we welcome the opportunities we have to help organizations come to appreciate their diversity and to understand how marshalling their differences behind a shared goal can create greater impact.

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Categories: Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

Melissa Mendes Campos // Monday, March 21, 2016

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: An Interview with Makiyah Moody

This blog post is part of our series getting to know the La Piana team. This week we spoke with Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant, about her approach to consulting, what inspires her, and her advice for emerging leaders.

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Categories: Our Team
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