Enterprising Nonprofits

Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series

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A hands-on resource that shows nonprofits how to adoptentrepreneurial behaviors and techniques

The rising spirit of social entrepreneurship has created all kindsof new opportunities for nonprofit organizations. But at the sametime, many are discovering more than their share of challenges aswell. This essential book will help anyone in the field gain thenecessary skills to meet these challenges. Written by the leadingthinkers and practitioners in the field, Enterprising Nonprofitsoffers concise and engaging explanations of the most successfulbusiness tools being used by nonprofits today. The authors clearlydescribe all the concepts so you'll be able to embrace the methodsof social enterprise for your organization. With this book, you'lllearn how to use practical business techniques to dramaticallyimprove the performance of your nonprofit.

Praise for Enterprising Nonprofits

"I can't imagine a better team to bring powerful insights andpractical guidance to social entrepreneurs. Readers will beinspired by the examples, and then they will roll up their sleevesto apply the many useful management tools in this engagingbook."-Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, Author ofEvolve!: Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow

"In one book, Enterprising Nonprofits does for social entrepreneurswhat countless volumes have done for entrepreneurs in the businesssector. A wonderful mixture of analysis, practical advice, andinspiration."-Paul Brest, President, William and Flora HewlettFoundation

All of the royalties from this book will be used by the EwingMarion Kauffman Foundation to support continuing work on socialentrepreneurship.
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About the author

J. GREGORY DEES is the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service at Stanford University and codirector of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He also serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Kauffman Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

JED EMERSON is president of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund and the Bloomberg Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Business School.

PETER ECONOMY is the bestselling business author of Managing for Dummies, Consulting for Dummies, and At the Helm: Business Lessons for Navigating Rough Waters.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Mar 14, 2002
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780471151166
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities / General
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Praise for Nonprofit Boards That Work

"This book offers a refreshing and candid look at the challenges ofnonprofit boards. It moves away from theoretical frameworks to takeyou inside the real world of nonprofit organizations. . . . A mustfor any executive director who needs reassurance that buildingeffective boards is tough work, but well worth the effort."-SherryRockey, Executive Director, International Women's MediaFoundation

"Maureen Robinson is uniquely qualified to help us understand theissues related to boards that are effective, those that are not,and why. It is certain that board members, potential board members,and executive directors who read this book will better understandtheir roles and responsibilities, and will be better able to avoidcommon pitfalls. As a result, the impact of their efforts on thosewhom their organizations exist to serve will be enhanced."-RonBurkard, Executive Director, World Neighbors

As more than 10 million people in the United States alone say yesto board service, they also expect to see their time and talentsused effectively. This invaluable book presents a straightforwardapproach to understanding the role of the board, tailoring its workto meet the needs of specific organizations, and creating a cultureof board productivity that makes participation rewarding for boardmembers as well as the organizations they serve. Nonprofit BoardsThat Work:
* Distinguishes between theory and practice and encourages boardsto explore how they genuinely add value to the work of theorganization
* Goes beyond the hows and whys of nonprofit governance to providefrank advice and real-world examples of what works, what doesn't,what requires a miracle, and what can be achieved through diligentand deliberate effort
* Offers practical yet flexible strategies that can be tried by anynonprofit board, whatever its current effectiveness


. . . and much more to guide nonprofit organizations and theirboards toward accomplishing the goals they seek.
A complete set of tools for applying entrepreneurial strategies andtechniques to your nonprofit

As a follow-up to their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authorsof Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs provide a full set ofpractical tools for putting the lessons of businessentrepreneurship to work in your nonprofit. The book offershands-on guidance that helps social sector leaders hone theirentrepreneurial skills and carry out their social missions moreeffectively than ever before. This practical and easy-to-use bookis filled with examples, exercises, checklists, and action stepsthat bring the concepts, frameworks, and tools to life. Detailedexplanations of all the tools and techniques will help youpersonalize and apply them to your nonprofit organization-making itstronger, healthier, and better able to serve the needs of ourcommunities.

Praise for Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs

"I search constantly for resources that can help provide insightand guidance to take Teach For America to a higher level; StrategicTools for Social Entrepreneurs does this and more. The book takesthe best practices of for-profits and social enterprises and adaptsthem to the needs of entrepreneurial, mission-driven nonprofits.Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs is a tremendouscontribution to social entrepreneurs and to the nonprofitsector-many thanks to the authors for identifying this need andfilling it!"
-Wendy Kopp
Founder and President, Teach For America

All of the royalties from this book will be used by the EwingMarion Kauffman Foundation to support continuing work on socialentrepreneurship.
Praise for Nonprofit Boards That Work

"This book offers a refreshing and candid look at the challenges ofnonprofit boards. It moves away from theoretical frameworks to takeyou inside the real world of nonprofit organizations. . . . A mustfor any executive director who needs reassurance that buildingeffective boards is tough work, but well worth the effort."-SherryRockey, Executive Director, International Women's MediaFoundation

"Maureen Robinson is uniquely qualified to help us understand theissues related to boards that are effective, those that are not,and why. It is certain that board members, potential board members,and executive directors who read this book will better understandtheir roles and responsibilities, and will be better able to avoidcommon pitfalls. As a result, the impact of their efforts on thosewhom their organizations exist to serve will be enhanced."-RonBurkard, Executive Director, World Neighbors

As more than 10 million people in the United States alone say yesto board service, they also expect to see their time and talentsused effectively. This invaluable book presents a straightforwardapproach to understanding the role of the board, tailoring its workto meet the needs of specific organizations, and creating a cultureof board productivity that makes participation rewarding for boardmembers as well as the organizations they serve. Nonprofit BoardsThat Work:
* Distinguishes between theory and practice and encourages boardsto explore how they genuinely add value to the work of theorganization
* Goes beyond the hows and whys of nonprofit governance to providefrank advice and real-world examples of what works, what doesn't,what requires a miracle, and what can be achieved through diligentand deliberate effort
* Offers practical yet flexible strategies that can be tried by anynonprofit board, whatever its current effectiveness


. . . and much more to guide nonprofit organizations and theirboards toward accomplishing the goals they seek.
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