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

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

by Robert Lewis, Robert L. Lewis
     
 

Robert L. Lewis is someone who shatters myths. Leading today's nonprofit organizations is rarely a sweet partnership between board and staff, Lewis says, but a tough process that requires strength, foresight, and mutual understanding. In his new book, Lewis presents simple, straightforward, and hard-hitting thoughts and suggestions that have been tested in the

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Robert L. Lewis is someone who shatters myths. Leading today's nonprofit organizations is rarely a sweet partnership between board and staff, Lewis says, but a tough process that requires strength, foresight, and mutual understanding. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834220560
Publisher:
Jones & Bartlett Learning
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
1E
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1Getting Started on the Right Foot1
Lesson 1Don't Let the Board Mess Around with Mission1
Lesson 2If You're the First Executive Director of an Already Functioning Agency4
Lesson 3Trustees Are Not Volunteers, So Don't Treat Them as Such11
Lesson 4Exploit Your Board Chair17
Lesson 5Don't Blame the Trustees for Being Naive about Trusteeship19
Lesson 6You Are the Prime Educator to Your Board20
Ch. 2Remembering Roles23
Lesson 7The Board Owns the Agency23
Lesson 8Knowledge for You To Provide to Your Board30
Lesson 9Be Proud of the Nonprofit Tradition33
Lesson 10The Tradition Survives, in Strange Places36
Ch. 3The Nitty Gritty of the ED's Job39
Lesson 11Planning39
Lesson 12Let's Just Call It "Money" (or "Resources" if You're Squeamish)45
Lesson 13Working with Funders and Other Constituencies50
Lesson 14The Board Makes Policy for the Agency52
Lesson 15I'm the Board and You're the Staff56
Lesson 16AThe Comedy or Tragedy of Committees58
Lesson 16BBoring Board Meetings Are Your Fault61
Ch. 4Board Relations69
Lesson 17Dammit! Why Don't We Run This Place Like a Business?69
Lesson 18Constituency Representation on a Board76
Lesson 19Damage Control: Truth or Consequences78
Ch. 5Vision and Leadership85
Lesson 20Vision85
Lesson 21Leadership as a Concept88
Lesson 22Leadership: The Usual Board/ED Kind90
Lesson 23There's a Clear Distinction between Governance and Management95
Ch. 6Looking Ahead101
Lesson 24The 20th Century101
Lesson 25Competition for Survival105
Lesson 26Now You're into Marketing and Program Delivery107
Lesson 27Hone Up on Your Public Relations109
Lesson 28Consumerism110
Lesson 29Diversity113
Lesson 30Stakeholders114
Lesson 31Assessment116
Lesson 32Assessment, Its Many Manifestations117
Ch. 7Working with Other Nonprofits127
Lesson 33Strategic Alliances127
Lesson 34How To Put Together a Near-Perfect Merger132
Lesson 35Not So Fast, My Friends136
Ch. 8Making Your Job Work Even Better141
Lesson 36Avoid an Advisory Board141
Lesson 37Should You Be a Voting Member of Your Board?144
Lesson 38Tell Your Board: It's Caring that Counts, Not Just Care146
Lesson 39My Life as a Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations148
Lesson 40Wanted: Toughness151
Lesson 41Still More on a Consultant's Life, but for Fun Only154
Lesson 42Time Out161
Ch. 9Inside the Life of the Nonprofit167
Lesson 43Governance Documents167
Lesson 44Motivating Your Board174
Lesson 45Getting Your Staff "On Board"177
Lesson 46The Gung-Ho New Board Chair179
Lesson 47Your Agency Creates a Related Foundation183
Lesson 48The Board's Accountability for Management: a Contradiction in Terms?186
Lesson 49Your Accountability for Management189
Lesson 50Living with Risks192
Lesson 51"Humane, Compassionate, and Benevolent" Revisited194
App. ATen Questions for Every Trustee201
App. BTax Compliance Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors207
App. CAccounting Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors217
App. DBudgeting Issues: A Primer for Nonprofit Executive Directors227
Index233

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