Program Materials from Crafting Powerful Strategy for Philanthropic Impact

Publication date: 
May, 2019

Without finely-honed organizational strategy, even the mightiest organization can miss the mark on the change it wants to make in the world. What drives the most successful organizational strategy? How do you ensure the data you take pains to collect has institutional meaning? How do we land the data plane on the strategy development runway to prepare our organizations for the future? 

Doug Green of La Piana Consulting helped participants merge the science of impact evaluation with the art of institutional foresight, learning, and planning.  

La Piana Consulting defines strategy as a coordinated set of actions designed to create and sustain a competitive advantage in achieving mission.  Using practical tools, participants will learn and practice the process of powerful strategy development, including assessment of the current data, scanning the environment for data and indicators that are most relevant to your goals, and establishing the baseline for strategy development or adjustment.  

Building on what we have learned together!  This session built on a recent San Diego Grantmakers series on impact evaluation where we learned about theories of change, logic models, appreciative inquiry for evaluation and grantee-centered assessment


  • Doug Green, La Piana Consulting