Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Business & Economics - 208 pages

Praise for Building Nonprofit Capacity

"A central question for leadership is to identify where, and when, to focus organizational energy, and that is where Brothers and Sherman's book comes in. Changing organizations is never easy, which is why managers need the right set of maps and tools—like this one."
Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

"Anyone running a nonprofit organization, no matter how large or small, would benefit from reading this book. It's chock-full of useful information about managing change."
Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

"Nonprofit leaders need tools to help them manage better, engage communities, collaborate, and have greater impact. Building Nonprofit Capacity is a great tool and a useful reference for organizations that are seeking to make a greater and more sustainable difference."
Paul Schmitz, CEO, Public Allies

"Brothers and Sherman expertly braid together complementary organizational lifecycle frameworks—and add their own wide-ranging expertise and experience—to bring practitioners and executives this comprehensive, relevant, and honest book about the organizational quest to become ever better."
Jeanne Bell, CEO, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

"Whether you are building a start-up, bringing an organization to scale, managing an established group toward excellence, or shepherding a nonprofit at risk of decline, this book should be required reading for every nonprofit executive director."
Richard R. Buery, Jr., president and CEO, The Children's Aid Society

"There are a lot of nonprofit management books out there. What makes Brothers and Sherman's book different and so important and worthwhile is that they have combined a number of models, theories, and practices and shaped them into a few essential processes that can be used by organizations both large and small."
Doug Bauer, executive director, The Clark Foundation

 

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Contents

Our Perspective
10
To Put a Stake in the Ground You Need a Good Mission
16
Be Sure Your Strategy Is Strategic
25
The Importance of Trust
31
THREE InfrastructureAdolescence
45
FOUR MaturityImpact Expansion MIE
73
Building Board Accountability in the MIE Phase
82
Impact Expansion and the Question of Scale
94
The Arc During Crisis
117
SIX Turnaround and Closing
127
Closing an Organization
140
SEVEN Conclusion
159
APPENDIX
165
Notes
177
Index
183
Copyright

FIVE Decline
103

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THE AUTHORS

John Brothers owns the firm Cuidiu Consulting and is a senior fellow at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.

Anne Sherman is the associate director and codirector of the strategy practice at TCC Group in New York City.

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