Jo DeBolt

Jo DeBolt, M.B.A., is a senior manager with La Piana Consulting ( She brings more than 20 years experience as a nonprofit executive and consultant to the firm, primarily working with new and emerging organizations. Prior to joining La Piana Consulting, Jo was the founding executive director of the Mon Valley Initiative, a regional coalition of community-based economic development organizations. She can be reached at

Due diligence and advice for grantseekers

Last year, La Piana Consulting and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) updated their due diligence guide for grantmakers, first published in 2004. Many grantmakers have embraced the principles presented in the

Mergers: A cautionary note in difficult times

The current economic climate has everyone scrambling – looking for ideas that will help them weather hard times. Many in the nonprofit sector are looking to mergers as one solution. Mergers are often a good strategic move for nonprofits. This is

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