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Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership. Because the World Is Counting on You. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 5185281
  • Book
  • February 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

In a world where the old rules no longer apply, nonprofit leadership is more important than ever 

Now in its second edition, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership is a must-have resource for organizations of all shapes and sizes wanting to make a bigger difference in the world. Filled with real-life stories and concrete strategies, this practical guide helps develop the specialized skills and mindset needed to successfully lead and manage a stable and impactful world-class organization. 

A lot has happened since Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership was first published in 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election cycle, and seismic economic and cultural shifts have transformed the nonprofit world. This second edition provides a wealth of new content and fresh perspectives on changes in the nonprofit landscape. Brand-new chapters bring the core responsibilities of board service to life, offer practical advice on how small nonprofits can have an outsized impact, discuss effective crisis management approaches, and deliver even more stories and lessons drawn from the Joan Garry’s work with thousands of nonprofit leaders. Throughout the book, the author shares new insights on topics such as managing crises, graceful exits, organizational transitions, and more. Honest, authentic, and sometimes hilarious, this book will help you: 

  • Gain a rich understanding of what it takes to lead a nonprofit 
  • Raise awareness and make the greatest possible impact 
  • Create successful and sustainable fundraising programs 
  • Reinvigorate your organization’s passion for its mission 
  • Work in true partnership with staff and board members 
  • Respond effectively to crises and avoid common pitfalls 

Written by the former Executive Director of GLAAD and founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, Second Edition, is required reading for nonprofit board members, leaders, managers, and staff looking to make the greatest possible impact.

  • Gain a rich understanding of what it takes to lead a nonprofit 

  • Raise awareness and make the greatest possible impact 

  • Create successful and sustainable fundraising programs 

  • Reinvigorate your organization’s passion for its mission 

  • Work in true partnership with staff and board members 

  • Respond effectively to crises and avoid common pitfalls 

Written by the former Executive Director of GLAAD and founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, Second Edition, is required reading for nonprofit board members, leaders, managers, and staff looking to make the greatest possible impact.

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Preface to the Second Edition ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 The Superpowers of Nonprofit Leadership 1

A Quiz 3

You’re Not on Top of Anything 7

What Do I Do with All This? 11

What Was This Quiz Really About? 16

The Five Key Superpowers 17

The Real Power of Leadership 22

Chapter 2 You’ve Got to Get Me at Hello 23

Tell Me About Your Organization 27

In the Lobby - The Mission Statement 27

In the Elevator - the Pitch 29

Step Off the Elevator and Work the Room 31

Two Universal Challenges 31

A Compelling Story 35

Two More Examples for Emphasis 38

Practice, Kid, Practice 40

Chapter 3 Copilots in a Twin-Engine Plane 43

The Ideal Board Chair Profile 46

Recruiting the Ideal Board Chair 47

The Five-Star Board Chair Checklist 50

The Telltale Signs of Wrong 52

Playing the Hand You’re Dealt 53

Get It Right From the Start 54

Who Decides? 58

Chapter 4 Why Boards Matter 65

The Real Problem with Boards 66

The Big Why 67

We’ve Got the “Why”; Now on to the “What” 68

The Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards 68

How a Typical Board Operates 69

The Four Deadly Sins of Dysfunctional Boards 72

How Did We Get Here? 75

Get It Right from the Start 77

Transforming the Board You Have 80

Igniting Your Board 84

Put It All Together and What Do You Get? 92

Chapter 5 The Key Is Not in the Answers. It’s in the Questions 93

The Power of Deleting a Word 93

The Power of Inquiry 95

We’re All in This Together 97

Start at the Very Beginning 99

A Mission Sniff Test 101

What Success Looks Like 103

Big Dreams, Big Challenges, and Small Budgets 110

10 Final Words of Advice to Keep Handy 112

Chapter 6 You Can Do This 115

I Just Can’t 118

Yes, You Can 120

Yes, You Will Screw It Up 123

Case Study: Girl Scouts and Those Damned Thin Mints 126

The Board Can Take the Lead on Fundraising 132

Building a Culture of Fundraising in Your Organization 135

Saving the Most Important Lesson for Last 138

Chapter 7 Managing the Paid and the Unpaid 145

Managing in 3D 148

Having a Voice: Decision-Making 150

Having a Voice: Ownership 154

The Missing Piece: Clearly Defined Roles and Goals 157

What About the Unpaids? 159

The Clash of the Type A’s 162

Group, Team, or Family? 165

Retreats Are Nonnegotiable 169

My Retreat Recipe 169

Keeping the Keepers On the Bus 173

Supervising and Evaluating the Executive Director 175

Two Things Everyone in Your Organization Wants 177

Chapter 8 The Small and the Mighty 179

What I Bet You Don’t Know 180

Not All the Same Rules Apply 182

Nonprofit Founders 183

The Superpowers of the Small Nonprofits 186

The Kryptonite of the Small Nonprofits 189

Getting Unstuck and Scaling Up 190

Three Big Moves (Not Priorities) 193

Imagine 201

Chapter 9 When It Hits the Fan 203

How Are We Defining Crisis? 207

When The Light At The End of the Tunnel is An Oncoming Train 208

Building A Crisis Management Plan 209

Now You Are Set For When It Hits The Fan, Right? 213

The Dognapping That Wasn’t 215

Is A Crisis Preventable? 217

What Crisis Management Should Look Like 218

Financial Crises And Layoffs 220

The Main Thing 226

Chapter 10 Hello, I Must Be Going 229

Are These Folks Good at Their Jobs? 232

Board Chair Red Flags and Accountability 236

When the Staff Leader Isn’t Leading 241

The Five-Star Staff Leader Calls It Quits 249

Making a Great Hire 252

The On-Deck Circle 255

Setting a New Executive Director Up to Succeed 256

What Leaders Do During Vulnerable Times 260

Chapter 11 You Are the Champions 263

Bibliography 269

Index 275

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