Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids: Strategies & Tactics for Running a Nonprofit Company

Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids: Strategies & Tactics for Running a Nonprofit Company

by Ted Edlich


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Are you looking to make a real difference in your community? Are you in academia looking for a textbook for teaching students who are studying nonprofit leadership? Do you have a passion to bring about change that will benefit others? Are you looking for a way to harness that passion and give it some organizational muscle and backbone? Are you on the hunt for a career you love, not just work that pays the bills? Are you involved in a nonprofit that is not living up to its potential? Then this book is for you! Discover the lessons of great nonprofit leadership that will sharpen your vision, give it structure that works, and make it a force to be reckoned with. You’ll be excited and inspired by those like yourself who have done extraordinary work. With Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids, you’ll discover lessons that have immediate application, and that making a difference is the real adventure of a lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608081431
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ted Edlich has been the President and CEO of Total Action for Progress, a $20 million nonprofit organization in the Roanoke Valley of southwestern Virginia. Under his leadership the organization has had local, state, and national impact. Considered one of the finest community action agencies in the nation, TAP has developed model programs in education, workforce development, nutrition, child health care, indoor plumbing access, and the reentry of ex-offenders. All of these programs have been replicated in many other communities in Virginia and across the country. Edlich has served on the boards of state and national associations dedicated to bringing opportunity and dignity to those citizens in greatest need. He has been actively engaged as a consultant to other nonprofits. Most of all, Ted is a true believer in social justice who turns his belief into words. To discover more about Ted, visit

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Chapter 1 A Calling in a Growing Industry 1

Chapter 2 The Quest to Make A Difference: Launching a Project 13

Profile in Excellence: Jayne Thomas 34

Chapter 3 Making a Larger Difference: Scaling Up and Collective Action 37

Profile in Excellence: Wilma Gene Casey Warren 54

Chapter 4 Creating a Vision 57

Profile in Excellence: Jeri Rogers 69

Chapter 5 Executive Leadership 73

Profile in Excellence: Annette Lewis 93

Chapter 6 Boards of Directors 95

Profile in Excellence: Alvin Nash 112

Chapter 7 Managing for Results 115

Profile in Excellence: Cleo Sims 144

Chapter 8 Economic Engine and Economic Accountability 147

Profile in Excellence: Owen Schultz 163

Chapter 9 The "Right Who" 165

Profile in Excellence: Rick Sheets 180

Chapter 10 The Organizational Culture 183

Profile in Excellence: Angela Penn 205

Chapter 11 Networks, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Collective Action 207

Profile in Excellence: Lin Atkins 218

Chapter 12 Marketing: Getting the Story Out 221

Profile in Excellence: Joe Jones 235

Chapter 13 Social Capital: It Is Who You Know 239

Profile in Excellence: Curtis Thompson 246

Chapter 14 Keeping it Together: Managing Stress 249

Chapter 15 Conclusion 267

Afterword 275

About the Author 277

Appendix: Take-Away Compilation 287

Bibliography 297

Permissions 301

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