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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
Tags: human resources, organizational learning, planning, workplace

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
Tags: collaboration, mergers, scale, strategic restructuring

The CEO/Board Chair Relationship

La Piana Consulting // Friday, November 1, 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
Tags: board development

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
Tags: diversity, organizational culture, organizational structure, social sector, workplace

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Doing Good in the 21st Century

Earlier this year, La Piana Consulting joined Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) to explore how emerging trends are changing how we “do good” and in what ways the social sector must adapt to meet these 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

Our shared goal is to inspire open dialogue and bold action about how nonprofits and philanthropies can begin to think differently and work differently to lead social change.

We are pleased to share our Voices from the Field report, an analysis of what we learned, and a companion to a series of video highlights speaking to key themes. 

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Categories: Change Management
Tags: generational shift, innovation, research, sustainability

New Resource for Nonprofits and Consultants

La Piana Consulting // Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Client Spotlight: NAACP

La Piana Consulting // Monday, June 10, 2013

Client Spotlight: NAACP

In 2011, the NAACP launched a strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of a powerful vision for the future and set organizational goals to guide its work in the 21st Century. These five goals — Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights and Political Representation — are its “Game Changers.”

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Categories: Nonprofits, Strategic Planning
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Doing Good in the 21st Century

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, May 7, 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
Tags: civic engagement, volunteerism

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps

La Piana Consulting // Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Client Spotlight: AARP Experience Corps
What do you get when you combine Experience Corps, a lauded child literacy program utilizing adult volunteers age 50 and over, with AARP, the nation’s preeminent organization representing adults in that same age demographic? In 2011, the two sat down to the table to ask–and answer–that very question.
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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring, Our Clients
Tags: civic engagement, collaboration, nonprofit consulting, education, scale, volunteerism

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Prepares Nonprofits for Partnership

La Piana Consulting // Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Prepares Nonprofits for Partnership

On April 24, 2012, La Piana Consulting partnered with the Weingart Foundation, the California Community Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Center for Nonprofit Management, and the Luskin School at UCLA to launch the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, designed to support Los Angeles area nonprofits interested in pursuing partnerships as a way to strengthen their organizations in difficult times.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: collaboration, mergers, strategic restructuring
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