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Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector

November 1, 2009

This report highlights five key trends and how their coming together will shape the social sector of the future. Based on extensive review of existing research and in-depth interviews with thought leaders and nonprofit leaders and activists, it explores the trends (Demographic Shifts; Technological Advances; Networks Enabling Work to be Organized in New Ways; Rising Interest in Civic Engagement and Volunteerism; and Blurring of Sector Boundaries) and looks at the ways nonprofits can successfully navigate the changes. The monograph is by La Piana Consulting, a national firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and foundations.

In Search of Strategic Solutions: A Funders Briefing on Nonprofit Strategic Restructuring

January 1, 2003

Analyzes the options and benefits of nonprofit strategic restructuring. Examines the pressures that lead nonprofits to consider strategic restructuring, and the conditions that lead to, or prevent, successful results. Includes recommendations.

Real Collaboration: A Guide for Grantmakers

January 1, 2001

Looks at the role of the grantmaker in the promotion and support of inter-organizational collaboration. Makes recommendations on how foundation program officers can promote a more effective use of collaboration among grantees.

Beyond Collaboration: Strategic Restructuring for Nonprofit Organizations

November 1, 1998

Looks at the mergers and partnerships that allow organizations to share resources and expertise within the nonprofit sector. Includes strategies for encouraging nonprofits to undertake activities such as mergers, consolidations, and joint ventures.