Why Nonprofits Fail: Overcoming Founder's Syndrome, Fundphobia and Other Obstacles to Success

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 29, 2004 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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In Why Nonprofits Fail, author and nonprofit expert Stephen Block explains that many well-intentioned leaders hold on to views of their nonprofit organizations that perpetuate problems rather than help fix them. According to Block, the first step to success is to challenge one's own personal paradigms and ideas and be open to unique and alternative approaches to solving problems. This much-needed book helps nonprofits get back on track and offers advice about the seven most common stumbling blocks, including:
  • Founder's syndrome
  • Fundphobia
  • Financial misfortune
  • Recruitment disorientation
  • Cultural depression in nonprofit organizations
  • Self-serving political performance
  • Role confusion between the board and executive director
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xv
The Author
xvii
Part I Charting a New Path to Success
1
Part II Seven Tough Problems and How to Solve Them
39
Conclusion Managing Nonprofit Organizational Change
155
Resource A A Review of Organizational Behavior Theories
161
Resource B Recommended Reading
179
References
181
Index
185
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Stephen R. Block is the founding executive director of Denver Options, Inc., a nonprofit organization that manages the developmental disabilities service delivery system of care in Denver. He is the director of the Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Colorado at Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. Block was a consulting editor for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and on the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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