Doing Good Well: What Does (And Does Not) Make Sense in the Nonprofit World

Doing Good Well: What Does (And Does Not) Make Sense in the Nonprofit World

by Willie Cheng

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Doing Good Well is a thinking man’s guide to the nonprofit world. It is replete with nonprofit paradigms. It provides a different twist to what one might regard as straightforward notions such as mission, staff compensation, governance and corporate social responsibility. And it surprises and challenges even as it seeks to explain charity-specific issues such as charitableness, bridging the rich/poor divide, informed giving and social entrepreneurship.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154671474
Publisher: Epigram Books
Publication date: 07/08/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Willie Cheng is a former partner of Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firm. Prior to his retirement in 2003, he was the country managing director for Singapore and the managing partner of its Communications and High Tech practice in Asia.

Since his retirement, he has stayed involved with the business and the infocomm community. However, he spends the larger part of his time working with nonprofit organizations at the board and volunteer level. Among these, he is chairman of the Lien Center for Social Innovation and Caritas Singapore.

He was formerly chairman of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Center where he started applying his management consulting background to nonprofit work.

He has written extensively on the nonprofit sector. This book, his first, is a distillation of these writings, updated for an international context.

He lives in Singapore with his wife, Julie, and two sons, Ian and Ivan.

He can be contacted at

Table of Contents

Chapter 0. Introduction.

Of Paradigms and Doing Good.

Sector Structure & Governance.

Chapter 1. The Nonprofit Marketplace.

The Missing Hand of Adam Smith.

Chapter 2. Informed Giving.

The Visible Hand of the Donor.

Chapter 3. Nonprofit Governance.

Who Governs a Nonprofit, Really?

Chapter 4. Regulation.

Black Box or Glass House?

Non-Profit Management,

Chapter 5. Nonprofit Mission.

Endgame: Extinction.

Chapter 6. Reserves & Fundraising Targets.

The Problem of Plenty.

Chapter 7. Staff Compensation.

Heart Work, Less Pay.


Chapter 8. Corporate Social Responsibility.

Is the Business of Business just Business?

Chapter 9. The Charity Quotient.

How Charitable are You, Truly?

Chapter 10. Planned Giving.

Raising Money from the Dead.

Chapter 11. Elite Giving.

Elite or e-LITE Giving?

Chapter 12. International Giving.

Charity Without Borders.

Chapter 13. Volunteerism.

Free Labor Wanted, but Conditions Apply.

Social Innovation.

Chapter 14. Philanthropy.

The Second Philanthropic Revolution.

Chapter 15. Social Entrepreneurship.

Innovating Social Change.

Chapter 16. Social Enterprises.

Profits for Nonprofits.

Doing Good Well?

Chapter 17. The Rich / Poor Divide.

For Richer or For Poorer?

Chapter 18. Nonprofit Qwerties.

Quitting Quirky Quagmires.

Chapter 19. Case Study.

NKF: The Saga and It's Paradigms.

Chapter 20. The Charity Ecosystem.

Doing Good Better.

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