Powered by coalition: the story of Independent Sector

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Jossey-Bass, Apr 25, 1997 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
INDEPENDENT SECTOR is a national coalition of organizations that share a commitment to preserving and expanding voluntary action, philanthropy, and other aspects of private initiative for the public good. The alliance includes organizations representing the full range of the nations voluntary and philanthropic endeavor, including over eight hundred associations, institutions, foundations, and corporate giving programs. Powered by Coalition is founding president Brian OConnells account of how and why such diverse groups were brought together in 1980, what it has taken to keep them together, and what they have been able to achieve through collaboration. Both a celebration of the independent sector in America and an examination of the very real threats to its future vitality, Powered by Coalition describes: The role political and economic forces play in shaping the sector Future policy challenges that will affect the sector Compelling reasons to sustain the sector for future generations Lessons about building, energizing, and maintaining large, diverse groups Everyone interested in strengthening Americas civil society will find a wealth of insights on the role and dynamics of the nonprofit sector, methods of building powerful coalitions, ways to influence policy makers in government, the challenges of leadership in the voluntary sector, and more.

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Contents

Serious Challenges to Nonprofit Organizations
13
Searching for a Course
21
The Organizing Effort
35
Copyright

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BRIAN O'CONNELL is founding president of INDEPENDENT SECTOR, the national coalition of voluntary and philanthropic organizations. He has also served as president of the National Council on Philanthropy and as executive director of the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations and of the National Mental Health Association. He also chaired the organizing efforts for the National Committee on Patients' Rights, the National Assembly of Voluntary Health and Welfare Organizations and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. He is also the author of eleven books, including Board Overboard (1996), People Power (1995), Volunteers in Action (with Ann Brown O'Connell, 1989), Philanthropy (with Robert Payton, Michael Novak, Peter Dobkin Hall, 1988), Philanthropy in Action (1987), Our Organization (1987), The Board Member's Book (1985), America's Voluntary Spirit (1983), Values (1978), and Effective Leadership in Voluntary Organizations (1976).O'Connell is currently professor of public service at The Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University.