Effective NonProfit Management: Essential Lessons for Executive Directors / Edition 1

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In His New Book, Lewis Presents Simple, Straightforward, And Hard-Hitting Thoughts And Suggestions That Have Been Tested In The Field. Effective Nonprofit Management Helps You Navigate Today's Rough Leadership Waters, Explains How To Take The Reins Of Leadership, Educate Your Board Members, Initiate Long-Range Planning, And Get The Most Out Of Your Staff. Effective Nonprofit Management, Is Part Of Aspen's Nonprofit Management Series. Written In An Engaging, Conversational Style, This Book Offers Productive And Informative Ideas And Advice.

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The author, involved for many years in the field of nonprofit leadership, offers a lively guide to managing nonprofit organizations. Chapters address getting started, remembering roles, the basics of the executive director's job, board relations, vision and leadership, public relations and assessment, working with other nonprofits, self-improvement, and long-term management issues. Appendices include questions for trustees and issues relating to tax compliance, accounting, and budgeting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834220560
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting Started on the Right Foot 1
Lesson 1 Don't Let the Board Mess Around with Mission 1
Lesson 2 If You're the First Executive Director of an Already Functioning Agency 4
Lesson 3 Trustees Are Not Volunteers, So Don't Treat Them as Such 11
Lesson 4 Exploit Your Board Chair 17
Lesson 5 Don't Blame the Trustees for Being Naive about Trusteeship 19
Lesson 6 You Are the Prime Educator to Your Board 20
Ch. 2 Remembering Roles 23
Lesson 7 The Board Owns the Agency 23
Lesson 8 Knowledge for You To Provide to Your Board 30
Lesson 9 Be Proud of the Nonprofit Tradition 33
Lesson 10 The Tradition Survives, in Strange Places 36
Ch. 3 The Nitty Gritty of the ED's Job 39
Lesson 11 Planning 39
Lesson 12 Let's Just Call It "Money" (or "Resources" if You're Squeamish) 45
Lesson 13 Working with Funders and Other Constituencies 50
Lesson 14 The Board Makes Policy for the Agency 52
Lesson 15 I'm the Board and You're the Staff 56
Lesson 16A The Comedy or Tragedy of Committees 58
Lesson 16B Boring Board Meetings Are Your Fault 61
Ch. 4 Board Relations 69
Lesson 17 Dammit! Why Don't We Run This Place Like a Business? 69
Lesson 18 Constituency Representation on a Board 76
Lesson 19 Damage Control: Truth or Consequences 78
Ch. 5 Vision and Leadership 85
Lesson 20 Vision 85
Lesson 21 Leadership as a Concept 88
Lesson 22 Leadership: The Usual Board/ED Kind 90
Lesson 23 There's a Clear Distinction between Governance and Management 95
Ch. 6 Looking Ahead 101
Lesson 24 The 20th Century 101
Lesson 25 Competition for Survival 105
Lesson 26 Now You're into Marketing and Program Delivery 107
Lesson 27 Hone Up on Your Public Relations 109
Lesson 28 Consumerism 110
Lesson 29 Diversity 113
Lesson 30 Stakeholders 114
Lesson 31 Assessment 116
Lesson 32 Assessment, Its Many Manifestations 117
Ch. 7 Working with Other Nonprofits 127
Lesson 33 Strategic Alliances 127
Lesson 34 How To Put Together a Near-Perfect Merger 132
Lesson 35 Not So Fast, My Friends 136
Ch. 8 Making Your Job Work Even Better 141
Lesson 36 Avoid an Advisory Board 141
Lesson 37 Should You Be a Voting Member of Your Board? 144
Lesson 38 Tell Your Board: It's Caring that Counts, Not Just Care 146
Lesson 39 My Life as a Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations 148
Lesson 40 Wanted: Toughness 151
Lesson 41 Still More on a Consultant's Life, but for Fun Only 154
Lesson 42 Time Out 161
Ch. 9 Inside the Life of the Nonprofit 167
Lesson 43 Governance Documents 167
Lesson 44 Motivating Your Board 174
Lesson 45 Getting Your Staff "On Board" 177
Lesson 46 The Gung-Ho New Board Chair 179
Lesson 47 Your Agency Creates a Related Foundation 183
Lesson 48 The Board's Accountability for Management: a Contradiction in Terms? 186
Lesson 49 Your Accountability for Management 189
Lesson 50 Living with Risks 192
Lesson 51 "Humane, Compassionate, and Benevolent" Revisited 194
App. A Ten Questions for Every Trustee 201
App. B Tax Compliance Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors 207
App. C Accounting Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors 217
App. D Budgeting Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors 227
Index 233
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