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Dear Friend,

If you’re a Boomer like me, you may be thinking to yourself that if Beth Kanter personally told you a few years ago that words like “tweets” and “Facebook Wall” would become part of your everyday vocabulary as a nonprofit leader, you would’ve never believed her.

While I’ve been blogging about the nonprofit sector for years, I only recently succumbed to the wave of all things Web 2.0. For example. I’ve learned first hand that the potential of social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook is inspiring. Even if the constant stream of information can be overwhelming or better yet, your daughter posts your baby pictures to FaceBook like mine did, exploring these forums is a great way to stay connected to your constituents.

You most engaged supporters, regardless of age, will appreciate the ability to pass along information about your organization in 1 or 2 mouseclicks, especially if they are passionate about your cause. Which reminds me, did you know you could share any page of our website www.lapiana.org as a post to your Facebook profile?

While 2.0 forums are in no way appropriate for every nonprofit, creating low-cost opportunities to connect with your constituents may very well be your organization’s most insightful investment in the future.

Yours in learning,
David La Piana
David La Piana

New Strategic Restructuring Resources

Models of Strategic Restructuring Case Studies:
Chattanooga Museums Administrative Consolidation
Ready, Set, Parent! Joint Progamming

by Lindsay Vignoles, with Jo DeBolt, Melissa Mendes Campos, and Robert Harrington, these case studies feature two of the The Collaboration Prize 2009 Finalists.  The first resource describes the Administration Consolidation of the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Creative Discovery Museum, and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The second resource highlights Ready, Set, Parent!, a Joint Programming effort of EPIC-Every Person Influences Children and Baker Victory Services.

Nonprofit Collaboration Database Launched

The Collaboration Prize is designed to inspire cooperation among nonprofit organizations. La Piana Consulting managed the design and implementation of the 2009 Collaboration Prize and phase 1 of the new database of prize applicants for the Lodestar Foundation. The database allows you to customize your search in a variety of ways. For example, you can find all mergers among arts organizations in a specific state, or search joint programming collaborations among state-wide environmental organizations.

Issue Brief on California's Community Health Centers
Strategic Restructuring for Community Clinics: Options and Examples

Written by Heather Gowdy, Diane Wong, and Melissa Mendes Campos, and published by the California HealthCare Foundation, this issue brief explores various types of partnerships now being used by California's Community Health Centers and regional consortia, including administrative consolidation and merger. It also examines what opportunities strategic restructuring might offer clinics seeking to strengthen their positions now and remain viable in the years to come.  Download a PDF of the companion presentation.

Latest Articles for Nonprofit Leaders

Our ongoing article series continues at CausePlanet, an online resource for nonprofit leaders.  Every month, we contribute an article on a nonprofit management topic relevant to your professional learning.

Jo DeBolt reminds you to be wary of one-size-fits all or silver bullet solutions, and that nonprofit mergers should never be approached as a last-ditch survival during an economic downturn but rather as a strategic opportunity for compatible organizations to join forces and achieve greater social impact.  Her article describes how nonprofit leaders can thoughtfully navigate today’s merger buzz. In good economic times or bad, your nonprofit organization should always invest in a high impact board.

An article by Vance Yoshida offers seven helpful questions to help gauge the effectiveness of your board. A high impact board adds significant value to your organization that can be measured in terms of organizational resources, performance, and influence.

Luis Vergara, cautions readers not to undervalue your organization’s marketing and communications plan, particularly if your organization is facing a budget crisis.  Whether your organization is just launching an email newsletter or considering a Twitter account, his article includes helpful tips for crafting a comprehensive communications plan.

Are you considering a new strategic plan or contemplating partnering with another organization? Robert Harrington describes how you can use the La Piana Consulting methodology, Real-Time Strategic Planning, to evaluate whether a merger or collaboration is right for your organization. His article describes the basics of RTSP in the context of nonprofit collaboration.

For more books, articles, and resource tools check out our website's Research and Publications.
  In This Issue  

New Strategic Restructuring Resources
Latest Articles for Nonprofit Leaders
NonprofitNext News
Leadership Advanced North Dakota

Upcoming Events

Nonprofit Management Institute
with David La Piana
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Conference for Community Foundations
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Nonprofit Human Resources Conference
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Philanthropy New York Seminar
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NonprofitNext News

Thanks again for helping us launch La Piana Consulting's latest research initiative NonprofitNext.

We appreciate every nonprofit leader who shared their thoughts on video about the future of the nonprofit sector. Check out some the latest uploaded videos and tell us what you think.

Many of you were interested in the t-shirts that our NonprofitNext video volunteers were wearing at the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp. So we've created a Zazzle store just for you! You can choose from a variety of colors, sizes, and styles, plus we will donate all proceeds to our local food bank.

Where will you take nonprofits next? Check out the store and help spread the word.

If you'd like us to email you an announcement about the initiative's upcoming publications, including a monogragh, sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, join the Nonprofit Next mailing list here.

Thanks again for your interest in NonprofitNext and for all you do to support the advancement of the sector! We look forward to a bright future of working together to make a difference.

Leadership Advanced

At La Piana Consulting, our mission is to improve the leadership and management practices throughout the nonprofit sector in order to achieve greater social impact.

We regularly partner with foundations to design Leadership Advanced programs that develop the internal capacity of their grantees. Foundations can draw on our programs and services to help an individual grante, or they may choose our services as a program for clusters of grantees.

The Impact Foundation of North Dakota and La Piana Consulting have partnered to launch the Impact Leadership Institute which provides training, education, and resources to nonprofit leaders throughout the state.

In conjuntion with the Impact Leadership Institute, the 2009 Leadership Advanced North Dakota (LAND) fellowship program was launched for select grantees in Fargo and Bismarck. LAND is a dynamic, peer-centered, professional learning experience that has been designed to support outstanding nonprofit leaders as they seek to strengthen their organizations.

For more information on Leadership Advanced programs, visit our website.


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