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When Bigger Isn’t Better

David La Piana // Thursday, October 17, 2013

When Bigger Isn’t Better
Americans like things big. Everything from our kitchen appliances to our cars seems to be bigger than what is considered normal in the rest of the world. So we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that our nation’s democratic traditions require big boards. But do bigger boards really lead to better governance, truer representation of constituents, and more effective fundraising—or do they produce just the opposite effect?

 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance
Tags: board development, nonprofit consulting

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
Tags: capacity building, nonprofit consulting

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
Tags: mergers

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
Tags: decision making

The Palate Cleanser CEO

David La Piana // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership
Tags: nonprofit consulting, executive transition

The Palate Cleanser CEO

David La Piana // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership
Tags: nonprofit consulting, executive transition

Recession’s Lingering Impact and the New Abnormal

David La Piana // Friday, December 21, 2012

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: government

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 14, 2012

While most strategic plans include goals like growing the organization by 5% more money or 10% more clients, when the opportunity is there and leaders have the insight and tenacity to seize it, much greater magnitude change is a real possibility.

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Tags: impact, strategy, vision

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

David La Piana // Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Big Strategy Resonates for Sector Leaders

While most strategic plans include goals like growing the organization by 5% more money or 10% more clients, when the opportunity is there and leaders have the insight and tenacity to seize it, much greater magnitude change is a real possibility.

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Tags: impact, strategy, vision

Nonprofit Business Plans: The Funder Perspective

David La Piana // Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nonprofit Business Plans: The Funder Perspective

How can business plans be useful in the context of grantmaking?

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Categories: Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: funders, grantmaking, strategy
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