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Trade Secrets for Nonprofit Managers. Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series

  • ID: 2220252
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Become a More Effective Manager and Have More Fun Doing It

From the nonprofit world’s most beloved columnist come easy lessons on how to become a better, and happier, manager. This book weaves together many of the most important ideas found in Thomas McLaughlin’s hugely popular Nonprofit Times columns into a highly entertaining, motivating, and educational guide for nonprofit managers. McLaughlin’s affable but always dead–on treatment of the realities of the nonprofit world provides managers with a bold new perspective on their industry and their roles in it. The book shows how essential it is to managers’ well–being to keep in mind that they are more than the sum of their individual tasks, and it offers the support that so often eludes them.

Trade Secrets for Nonprofit Managers arms you with valuable tools and tips for professional and organizational development and shows you how to:

  • Use the unspoken truths of nonprofit management
  • Make the connection between vision and mission
  • Challenge the subtly counterproductive niceties afforded nonprofits in order to get things done

Get informed, inspired and entertained with this one–of–a–kind guide to one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy.

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Dreams and Actions.


The Art of the Mission Statement, or Why the Writing Should Be on the Wall.

The Life Cycles of Nonprofit Organizations.

The Death (and Rebirth) of Advocacy.

The End of a Mission.


The Art of Strategic Positioning.

Don′t Just Manage, Lead.

The Strategic Agenda.

How Everyone Can Be a Strategist.

Making Management Your Business.

The Iron Triangle.

How to Improve Quality Ten Different Ways.

What Your Funding Sources Want from Managed Care.

The Core Competence of the Nonprofit Corporation.

A Different Kind of Growth.

Collaborating to Compete.

The Power of Social Enterprise.

Needed: Clearly Marked Exits.


The New Organizational Chart.

The Permanent Labor Shortage.

It′s 2010: Do You Know Who Your Executive Director Is?

Why Mergers Fail, and What To Do About It.

Boys and Girls.

Managing Different Kinds of Diversity.

Why Board Members Wake Up at 3:00 a.m.

Why "Corporate" Board Members May Fail.

The Structure of National Boards of Directors.

The Natural Laws of Task Forces, Committees, and Boards of Directors.

In Praise of Hidden Government Subsidies.

The Rise of the ASO.

Proactive Management through Benchmarking.

Giving Diligence Its Due.

Related Parties.

Down With Geography, or Why You Have Service Gaps.

Rethinking the United Way Gilt by Association: Why Associations Must Reshape Themselves.

The Business of Trade Shows.


Profit: Why, and How Much.

Why Capitalization Is Not a Four–Letter Word.

In Cash There Is Opportunity.

Indirect Secrets, or Why Nonprofits Will Never Have $80 Screwdrivers.

Critical Juncture Financing.

Where to Find Cost Savings.

Recovering from a Case of Parentheses.

Soliciting Mistrust.

How to Transfer a Few Trillion Dollars.

Donor Advised Funds: New Kids Change the Block.

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Thomas A. McLaughlin
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