The Charismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors, and Energizes Employees

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The authors offer a framework that allows organizations to gobeyond quick fixes and fundraising strategies to a broader paradigmthat encompasses community and organization building. What if everyperson involved with an organization was fully engaged and shared acommon goal? What if the efforts of a relatively small ring ofstaff and board members were amplified by everyone touched by theorganization, including current and former volunteers, staff, boardmembers, clients, constituents, funders and supporters? That, theauthors show, is the way a charismatic organization operates. Thebook provides numerous examples of how successful organizationshave made this shift, as well as action steps that allorganizations can take to perform better.

"In today’s interdependent world, nonprofit organizationshave more opportunity than ever before to make a difference inpeople’s lives. Drawing upon their extensive experience inpublic service, Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin identify thetraits that give successful nonprofits the competitive edge theyneed to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability. TheCharismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit ThatBuilds Buzz, Delights Donors, and Energizes Employeesdraws an authoritative blueprint for using social capital totransform good intentions into concrete results."– FormerPresident Bill Clinton

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Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin run a successful consulting practice, sagawa/jospin, working with dozens of clients in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, from national nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to small start-ups and local groups on resource development, innovation, strategy, partnerships, and public policy. A national leader, expert on policy and philanthropy, and former presidential adviser, Shirley Sagawa has been called a "founding mother of the modern service movement." Deborah Jospin is the former director of AmeriCorps. During her tenure, AmeriCorps grew to an annual budget of $234 million with 60,000 members serving in 925 programs.
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