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Building Nonprofit Capacity. A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2326307
  • Book
  • November 2011
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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Acknowledgments ix

One Setting the Stage: Change as a Defining Force in the Nonprofit Sector 1

Lifecycle: A Framework for Initiating, Anticipating, Managing, and Understanding Change 3

Our Perspective 10

What’s in This Book? 11

Two Back to Basics: “What Is Core” 13

Defining the “Core” in Core Program 13

The Established Organization in Core Program: Characteristics and Telltale Signs 15

To Put a Stake in the Ground, You Need a Good Mission 16

An Organizational Vision as Your Guide to Success 17

Values Matter 19

Be Sure Your Strategy Is . . . Strategic 25

Founder’s Syndrome . . . Not Just for Founders Anymore 28

Taking It to the Next Level: The Importance of Trust 31

Three Infrastructure/Adolescence 45

Planning for Organizational Growth 48

The Role of the Board 55

Organizational Culture 63

Four Maturity/Impact Expansion (MIE) 73

Importance of Resource Development in the MIE Phase 76

Making the Case 78

Building Board Accountability in the MIE Phase 82

Organizational Assessment: The CSE Tool 87

Impact Expansion and the Question of Scale 94

Five Decline 103

Overview of Decline and the Lifecycle 104

High-Arc and Low-Arc: How Organizations in the Decline Phase Are Affected 105

The Arc During Crisis 117

Six Turnaround and Closing 127

Historical Look at Lifecycle Thought: Closing 128

The Downward Apex Point 129

Organizational Turnaround 130

Closing an Organization 140

The Mind-Set of Closing Organizations 141

Seven Conclusion 159

Reflections on This Book 160

Where Do We Go from Here? 163

Appendix 165

Notes 177

The Authors 181

Index 183

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John Brothers Cuidiu Consulting.

Anne Sherman TCC Group.
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