The Power of Smart Questions

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Power of Smart Questions

I could be a poster child for the phenomenon known as “growth through resistance.” It is not a pretty process, fraught with needless pain and suffering. Yet the lessons that I have learned by conquering my own resistance have proven to be the indelible ones. My journey from resisting to embracing the power of “smart questions” is paramount among these.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Business Planning, Strategic Planning
Tags: coaching, evaluation

Building Adaptive Capacity

Jo DeBolt // Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Building Adaptive Capacity

Strong organizational capacity can’t be imported or taught; it has to be built over time by nurturing and encouraging the organization’s strengths over its weaknesses. What can be taught are the skills and habits that help organizations understand and develop sound strategies. Adaptability is a quality that organizations can develop to position themselves to succeed.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Change Management, Leadership, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, organizational culture, technology

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

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

Luis Vergara // Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Using the Latino Political Clout to Make a Mark on Nonprofit Boards

It's time to reinforce the message Latinos sent during the 2012 elections: we are a power and force to be reckoned with! While momentum was gained during the election, I would say that some of the energy has been lost.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Governance, Leadership, Trends
Tags: civic engagement, diversity, volunteerism

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

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

Vance Yoshida // Sunday, May 5, 2013

Collaboration Tips for 800-Pound Gorillas

One of the more common challenges in building strong nonprofit partnerships comes when bringing one or more small or modest-sized organizations together with a very large organization. The power differential that exists among the partners can be a significant barrier to building the level of trust needed for real collaboration to develop.

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: mergers

Getting to Know the La Piana Team: Bob Harrington

// Friday, April 19, 2013

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Categories: Our Team
Tags: nonprofit consulting

Changing Organizational Habits

Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs // Friday, April 5, 2013

Changing Organizational Habits

One of the greatest impediments to moving forward after restructuring or adopting a new business strategy is organizational entrenchment in old habits—the source of comfort, familiarity, and certainty that ensures homeostasis and predictability.

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Categories: Nonprofits
Tags: nonprofit consulting, implementation, strategy

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

// Friday, March 29, 2013

Seven Reasons Nonprofit Mergers Make Sense

Whenever we note that mergers are not necessarily a path to cost savings , we invariably get a few frustrated responses demanding, “Well then what’s the point?” Nonprofits are mission-driven, and the ultimate goal of a merger – like any other strategy – is an enhanced ability to advance the mission. 

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Categories: Nonprofits, Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring
Tags: case study, collaboration, mergers

How Well is Research Truly Informing the Sector?

Melissa Mendes Campos // Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Categories: Nonprofits, Foundations, Commentary, Trends
Tags: nonprofit consulting, philanthropy, research
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