Powered by Coalition: The Story of INDEPENDENT SECTOR

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INDEPENDENT SECTOR is a national coalition of organizations that share a commitment to preserving and expanding voluntary action, philanthropy, and other aspects of private initiative for the public good. The alliance includes organizations representing the full range of the nation's voluntary and philanthropic endeavor, including over eight hundred associations, institutions, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

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Overview

INDEPENDENT SECTOR is a national coalition of organizations that share a commitment to preserving and expanding voluntary action, philanthropy, and other aspects of private initiative for the public good. The alliance includes organizations representing the full range of the nation's voluntary and philanthropic endeavor, including over eight hundred associations, institutions, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

Powered by Coalition is founding president Brian O'Connell's account of how and why such diverse groups were brought together in 1980, what it has taken to keep them together, and what they have been able to achieve through collaboration.

Both a celebration of the independent sector in America and an examination of the very real threats to its future vitality, Powered by Coalition describes:
• The role political and economic forces play in shaping the sector
? Future policy challenges that will affect the sector
• Compelling reasons to sustain the sector for future generations
? Lessons about building, energizing, and maintaining large, diverse groups

Everyone interested in strengthening America's civil society will find a wealth of insights on the role and dynamics of the nonprofit sector, methods of building powerful coalitions, ways to influence policy makers in government, the challenges of leadership in the voluntary sector, and more.

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Meet the Author

BRIAN O'CONNELL is founding president of INDEPENDENT SECTOR, the national coalition of voluntary and philanthropic organizations. He has also served as president of the National Council on Philanthropy and as executive director of the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations and of the National Mental Health Association. He also chaired the organizing efforts for the National Committee on Patients' Rights, the National Assembly of Voluntary Health and Welfare Organizations and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. He is also the author of eleven books, including Board Overboard (1996), People Power (1995), Volunteers in Action (with Ann Brown O'Connell, 1989), Philanthropy (with Robert Payton, Michael Novak, Peter Dobkin Hall, 1988), Philanthropy in Action (1987), Our Organization (1987), The Board Member's Book (1985), America's Voluntary Spirit (1983), Values (1978), and Effective Leadership in Voluntary Organizations (1976).O'Connell is currently professor of public service at The Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John W. GardnerPrefaceAcknowledgementsThe Author
Introduction: The Significance of Voluntary Action in America
Part One: The Beginnings of INDEPENDENT SECTOR
1. Serious Challenges to Nonprofit Organizations in the 1960s and 1970s
2. Searching for a Course
3. The Organizing Effort
4. The Birth of INDEPENDENT SECTOR and the Defining First Year
Part Two: The Power of Association
5. The Strength of Coalition: A Quintessential Example
6. Battles and Cooperation with Government
7. Telling the Sector's Story
8. Fostering Research on the Sector
9. Promoting Effectiveness, Openness,and Accountability
10. Making the Most of the Meeting Ground
Part Three: Lessons and Afterthoughts
11. Building, Energizing, and Maintaining Large and Diverse Coalitions
12. Hopes Not Realized and Other Regrets
13. A Personal View of the Future
AppAndixes:A. Roster of Charter MembersB. The Start-Up FundersC. 1995 Membership RosterD. Board Mambers 1980-1995E. Staff Mambers 1980-1996

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