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The Nonprofit Business Plan: A Leader's Guide To Creating A Successful Business Model

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A fresh, compelling approach to establishing a sustainable, results-driven nonprofit business plan.

Nonprofits often use the terms strategic planning and business planning interchangeably, but a good business plan goes beyond the traditional strategic plan with its focus on mission and vision, goals and objectives. The Nonprofit Business Plan, created by the nationally recognized nonprofit consultant experts at La Piana Consulting, helps your nonprofit organization understand what a strategic business plan is and why you need one, then provides a practical, proven process for creating a successful, sustainable business model. This groundbreaking resource further explains how your nonprofit can determine whether a potential undertaking is economically viablea vital tool in today's economic climateand how to understand and solve challenges as they arise.

With detailed instructions, worksheets, essential tools, case studies, and a rigorous financial analysis presented clearly and accessibly for executives, board members, and consultants, The Nonprofit Business Plan is also an important resource for non-specialist audiences such as potential funders and investors. This innovative step-by-step guide will provide your team with a solid set of business decisions so that your nonprofit can achieve maximum results for years to come.


David La Piana, the founder of La Piana Consulting, is recognized as one of the social sector's leading thinkers and consultants. He is known for an ability to quickly get to the core of complex strategic questions and for working collaboratively with clients to devise innovative solutions that meet their needs and accelerate their growth.

David coined the term "strategic restructuring" to refer to the continuum of mergers, joint ventures, consolidations, and joint programming through which nonprofits attempt to anticipate or respond to environmental threats and opportunities. He works closely with major foundations and national nonprofits to promote new ideas and tools that can enhance nonprofits' effectiveness. His work is driven by a commitment to building a more just and equitable world.


No matter who you arenonprofit CEO, board member, business school professor, or studentyou'll come away with a real-world sense of what makes a strong strategic plan or business plan and when to use one or the other . . . or both in tandem.
Lester Strong, Vice President of Experience Corps, AARP

This new book is a very useful and timely complement to The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution. Having reaped the benefits of that book, we are now changing our business model to further our mission by developing new revenue streams.
James Firman, Executive Director, National Council on Aging

This book will prove an indispensable guide to business planning for nonprofit leaders and a great tool to help students of nonprofit management learn how to assess a business model and build a better one.
Kevin Kearns, Professor, University of Pittsburgh

A great read that will meet the needs of nonprofit leaders.
Michael Mortell, Director, Strategy Counts!; Intellectual Capital Division, Alliance for Children and Families

After reading this book, organizational leaders will have a clear understanding of the components of good business planning and a practical understanding of why and how to go about the process.
Lillian Roselin, Program Officer, John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund