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Fall 2011
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Client Spotlight

Since the economic crisis hit, La Piana Consulting has worked with a growing number of nonprofits using our Real-Time Strategic Planning (RTSP) process to develop strategies and support strategic thinking to focus resources, preserve essential programs and services, and keep up with the speed of change.

Ability_FirstAbilityFirst, a Southern California nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities, came to us at the height of the Great Recession in 2009. Like many health and human services organizations, it received much of its funding from state contracts and was acutely vulnerable to deepening budget cuts. Using RTSP, AbilityFirst made some difficult decisions in a thoughtful and timely way, and is now not only operating more sustainably as a result, but is better positioned to weather difficulties that lie ahead.


New Resources

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The California HealthCare Foundation recently released a Strategic Restructuring Self-Assessment Workbook developed by La Piana Consulting especially for clinics and community health centers. In announcing the Workbook, CHCF noted that “This self-assessment tool is designed to help your organization determine its readiness to undertake a strategic restructuring process and choose among the various options.”

In a recent blog entry, David La Piana suggests that the economic challenges of the last several years may represent the “New Abnormal.”  This will also be the subject of David’s upcoming keynote address at the Ohio Grantmakers Forum annual conference on October 26th.


In the nonprofit sector, the lines between competition and collaboration are becoming increasingly fluid. Our case study on the partnership between Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force illustrates how organizations can move from looking at one another as competitors to drawing upon one another’s strengths to achieve common goals.

Upcoming Events

October 26, 2011
Ohio Grantmakers Forum Annual Conference (Columbus)
David La Piana will deliver the keynote address on "The New Abnormal."

November 4 and 11, 2011
Forbes Funds (Pittsburgh)
Jo DeBolt will lead a two-day training for consultants on La Piana Consulting’s Strategic Restructuring Methodology.

November 9, 2011
Senior Life Leadership Summit 
Maria Markham will participate in a panel discussion on Seeking Sustainability and Funding in Difficult Times.

November 10, 2011
Monterey Community Foundation
Vance Yoshida will lead a workshop on Back Office Consolidation and Other Strategic Alliances.

November 10, 2011
Foundation Center (Cleveland)
Jo DeBolt will conduct a workshop on  Nonprofit Collaboration. A panel discussion will be held in conjunction with the workshop on of the recent Human Resources Strategic Restructuring Pilot Project in Cleveland and the value of collaboration.

November 29, 2011
Hawai'i Community Foundation Board Leadership Conference
Bill Coy will lead sessions on Board Expectations and Board Education, Development, and Evaluation.

November 30, 2011
Collaboration and Strategic Restructuring Conference (Orange County)
Bob Harrington and Vance Yoshida will lead this all-day capacity building conference co-sponsored by CONNECT and FaCT.

December 6, 2011
Impact100 Sonoma
At this workshop, Bob Harrington will discuss Tips and Techniques of Successful Collaborations.

Careers at La Piana Consulting

We have an opening for a Senior Associate with finance experience. Click here to learn more about career opportunities with La Piana Consulting.

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