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Dear Friend,

As we look back on this past winter's storms (meteorological, economical, and political), we can all agree that spring will only bring more challenges. In fact, today's nonprofit leaders who accept that turbulence will remain a constant are better positioned for the future. Not because every obstacle brings opportunity but because the wisest leaders usually seem to know which opportunities to pursue and which to put aside.

Are you faced with a strategic restructuring opportunity or contemplating merging with another organization? Check out my recent cover article, Merging Wisely, in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and join the upcoming SSIR Live! webinar, From Nonprofit Partnerships to Mergers: How to Restructure for Success, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11am PT.

My live webinar will be moderated by SSIR's Publishing Director, Regina Starr Ridley, and will offer practical insights for nonprofit leaders who are assessing potential opportunities to collaborate with other organizations. Foundation executives who are trying to better support grantees are also encouraged to attend. Register today!  I look forward to "seeing" you there.

Yours in learning,
David La Piana
David La Piana


Welcome Brent Copen

Building and Sustaining Adaptive Business Models for 21st Century Nonprofits

Join us in welcoming Brent Copen to La Piana Consulting. An accomplished speaker and consultant with more than 15 years of experience, Brent is dedicated to helping nonprofits develop better financial management practices. Formerly the Director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Western Region, Brent joins our team of seasoned nonprofit leaders and consultants as La Piana Consulting's newest Senior Manager. With his financial management and planning expertise, Brent will help our clients build adaptive business models to navigate today's economic challenges. Email Brent directly at copen@lapiana.org and say hello.

New On-Demand Webinar for Community Clinics

Strategic Restructuring for Community Clinics: Options and Examples

Now available online, this on-demand webinar is a new companion resource to the issue brief originally published by the California Health Care Foundation. Explore the various types of partnerships being used by California's Community Health Centers and regional consortia, including administrative consolidation and mergers. Download the webinar (.wmv file).

For more articles check out lapiana.org's Research and Publications section.
Upcoming Events
April 6, 2010 SSIR Live! Webinar with David La Piana
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April 8, 2010 Center for Excellence in Nonprofits with David La Piana
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April 13, 2010 Jewish Funders Network Conference with Brent Copen
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ANCOR Conference
April 13, 2010 ANCOR's Management Practices Conference with Vance Yoshida
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April 13, 2010 Association of Jewish Families and Children's Agencies Annual Conference with Bill Coy
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GEO Conference
April 14, 2010 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference with David La Piana and Heather Gowdy
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Impact Institute April 19-22, 2010 Impact Leadership Institute with Bob Harrington
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April 23, 2010 Minnesota Council on Foundations Leadership in Philanthropy Series with Heather Gowdy
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WA Nonprofit Conference
April 29, 2010 Washington State Nonprofit Conference with Scott Schaffer
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