Nationally Recognized Consultant Partners with NonProfitConnect to Offer Expertise on Nonprofit Collaboration

Local nonprofits have a unique opportunity to gain valuable guidance with  La Piana Consulting, a national management consulting firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and foundations for greater social impact.  La Piana, who has consulted with over 1000 organizations including AARP, the ACLU and the YWCA, is partnering with NonProfitConnect, a local nonprofit committed to strengthening nonprofits and their boards, to offer workshops focused on options for nonprofits to work together and operate more efficiently. 

“When Bunbury Fund came forward to sponsor our workshop series, we were excited because we knew that it would allow us to offer speakers and content that had not been available to our area nonprofits before,” explains NonProfitConnect Executive Director Allison Howe, “La Piana Consultants are an example of the top caliber of experts who are available to help our nonprofits think through the biggest challenges facing them today.” 

Speaker Scott Cotenoff, a partner at La Piana Consulting, brings extensive experience working with nonprofit mergers.  Past clients for Cotenoff include Race Forward/CSI, Inside NGO/Lingos/Mango (Humentum), Grand St. Settlement, Westside Commons, Health Federation of Philadelphia, Mental Health Partnerships, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, and HOPE Program/Sustainable South Bronx. “I want to leave organizations with greater intentionality, strategic thinking, information about their competitive environment, and a culture that embraces and supports this orientation” Cotenoff explains. 

With recent economic pressures, nonprofits have needed to rethink how to find new ways to operate including partnering with other organizations.  For some, collaborating with partner nonprofits will be key to continuing to deliver on their mission. Most nonprofits think of mergers as the most obvious form of collaboration.  But there are a broad range of alternatives including sharing human resources like accountants or marketing professionals, joint income ventures or even forming coalitions with partners to influence policy or gain vendor discounts.

NonProfitConnect plans to offer two programs–a general session focused on the breadth of collaboration options including mergers and an intensive workshop series with a small group of nonprofit organizations who are seriously considering partnerships. 

The overview session “Collaboration:  Mergers, Partnerships and Shared Services” will be held on January 28, 12-1:30pm.  This webinar introduces the array of strategic relationships that can advance greater impact and sustainability for nonprofit organizations.

The separate individualized series “Better Together:  Making a Plan for Nonprofit Collaboration” will be offered over three dates, February 2 and 26, and March 12, 12-1:30pm.  This series of three 90-minute sessions will provide a smaller group of board and staff leaders with the opportunity to develop greater insight into their respective roles in guiding organizations through a decision to explore and successfully implement strategic partnerships. Participants will develop a shared sense of the best path forward for their organizations, and create a plan for specific next steps within their nonprofit.

The Bunbury Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation is generously supporting NonProfitConnect’s training program, LeadershipConnect. This series is part of that program, which focuses on training board and staff leaders to develop their skills and gain practical tools for taking action. 

To learn more about the LeadershipConnect training, board training or other capacity building programs for nonprofits, go to or contact the executive director, Allison Howe, at or call 609-921-8893.

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NonProfitConnect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  NonProfitConnect enhances the impact of greater Mercer County nonprofits by building an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of board and staff leaders.  Through strengthening governance practices and leadership capacity, we help nonprofits maximize the impact of their programming for the communities they serve.  Learn more at

In 2019, the Bunbury Fund awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in greater Mercer County who are working to move toward sustainable organizational maturity as they uphold their missions. The Bunbury Fund is a donor advised fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is a community convener, philanthropic resource and manager of charitable funds. The organization awarded $17 million in grants in 2019 and has been named by Charity Navigator as One of America’s 10 Best Community Foundations. Learn more at


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