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Conversation Starters: Succession Planning & Strategic Restructuring

Let’s Talk About Succession

Succession planning can be a difficult subject to broach, but by engaging in these conversations as part of a focused planning process, organizations can gain clarity, adapt to changing conditions, and welcome the future with greater peace of mind.

In this article, we offer tips to help organizations get the conversations started.

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New Resources

Over the past year, we have partnered with Blue Shield Against Violence (BSAV), a program of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, to support domestic violence organizations in Blue Shield of California Foundation 7using strategic restructuring to advance their goals. In addition to consulting with BSAV grantees, we have developed case studies of how collaboration offers opportunities to improve services, gain a stronger advocacy voice, enhance operations and sustainability, and achieve greater impact. Full report and executive summary are available online. A companion report, Insights from Leaders, follows the story of a partnership between two Northern California organizations to expand services for survivors of domestic violence.

We have also developed, in partnership with the Family Violence Law Center and with support from BSAV, a guide to succession planning for domestic violence organizations. The Succession Planning Lens: Looking to the Future of Domestic Violence Organizations offers practical information and ideas on how to move succession planning from “one more thing to do” to a vital, integrated part of organizational culture and strategy.

Last summer, we shared a report on The Human Services Strategic Restructuring Pilot Project in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Recently, another case study has been published, offering additional analysis of this innovative funder collaborative. The Human Services Strategic Restructuring Pilot: A Journey of Learning was authored by a four-person team led by John A. Yankey, of Yankey Associates.

And don’t forget about our staff blog!


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A New Opportunity for Foundations
and Federated Organizations:
Strategic Restructuring Assessments 

Collaboration and strategic restructuring offer nonprofits powerful options for increasing their impact. Building on our years of expertise with integrative forms of nonprofit partnership, we have developed an educational and assessment service for funders and federated organizations to use with cohorts of nonprofits.

This new offering educates participants about the Where, What, and How of Strategic Restructuring and uses a customized survey tool and report to engage organizations in considering partnership options, determining their overall readiness, and identifying next steps for learning more, getting prepared, and taking action.

Contact us for more information about this new opportunity for funders and federated nonprofits.

Client Profile: Habitat Metrolina Partners

In 2010, eight Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area came togetherHabitat for Humanity to explore opportunities to work more closely together. Reviewing research, learning what other Habitat affiliates around the country had done in terms of collaboration, and discussing options helped them to clarify mutual interests and goals, ultimately leading to a joint marketing effort supported by an entirely new collaborative structure. And it all began with conversations.

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Upcoming Events

April 3, 2012
David La Piana will join a distinguished group of panelists for Urban Institute’s forum discussion Are There Too Many Nonprofits? Register to attend in person in Washington, D.C. or view the webcast live or in recorded form online.

April 19, 2011

Maria Markham will speak about best practices in nonprofit strategy and management at the Towards Nonprofit Excellence conference at James Madison University’s School of Strategic Leadership Studies in Harrisburg, VA. See website for registration information.

April 24, 2012
David La Piana will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative in Los Angeles, CA. We are pleased to be partnering with the Weingart, Parsons, and California Community Foundations, UCLA, and the Center for Nonprofit Management in this new initiative. Register by April 16; space is limited!

April 27, 2012
Bob Harrington will discuss trends reshaping the nonprofit sector at the Network for Social Work Managers’ 2012 Management Institute in San Diego, CA. Online registration available.

Check our website for more events near you.

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