Learning Link | Turning Strategy Into Action
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  May/June 2013 La Piana Consulting
Turning Strategy Into Action

Knowing Your Market

Market awareness is a critical component of sound nonprofit strategy and decision making. Strategic planning and business planning processes both rely on market data to inform decision making. But what does “market research” mean in a nonprofit context?

In this article, we look at the kinds of questions nonprofits should ask about the markets in which they operate and suggest practical ways they can go about gathering information to get the answers they need.


New Resources

Game-Changing Strategy in Small Nonprofits
Bold strategy is available to any nonprofit facing a need to change direction, respond to a major challenge, or seize a new opportunity.

Letting Go of Old Organizational Habits
The tendency to cling to familiar habits presents the most challenging and critical hurdle to implementing organizational change.

Keys to Unlocking Adaptive Capacity
Organizational culture and structure can either help or hinder a nonprofit’s ability to adapt and keep pace with change.

The Power of Smart Questions
An appreciation of smart questions and their power as a tool for coaching, facilitation, strategy development, business planning, and program evaluation.

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Client Profile: NAACP

In 2011, the NAACP launched a strategic planning process that created a powerful vision for the future and set 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.”

After helping to achieve some of the greatest civil rights victories of the nation’s past 100 years, the NAACP was not content to rest on its laurels, but instead asked “What’s next?” This meant returning to its original motivations: passionate dreams, audacious goals, and a united focus.


Getting to Know the Team:
an Interview with Luis Vergara

La Piana consultant Luis Vergara reflects on his roots in the nonprofit sector and talks about how having a passion for the work is so important to keeping organizations vital.

Read more…

Upcoming Events

League of American Orchestras 
On June 18-19, La Piana’s Bob Harrington will lead an introductory panel and one-day seminar on Mergers and Creative Alliances as part of the 2013 National Conference.

Volunteer Calgary
On June 20, David La Piana will be the keynote speaker at Volunteer Calgary’s Annual General Meeting addressing the challenges facing nonprofits in today’s economic and political environment. The next day, he will meet with an invitation-only group of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to guide an in-depth discussion of these same issues.

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