Nonprofit Management Books

Management is tough, especially under the stress of delivering a nonprofit's mission. Learning from others is crucial to being the best boss you can be, that's why we want to give you some of the best books you can take real lessons from.  


Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer - Jim Collins

You must own this book. It captures in just 40 pages (yes… 40… so you have no excuse not to read it) the recipe for taking a good organization to the next level. There are infographics that will totally stick with you as you go about your day. And I guarantee you – you will become way more intentional about the hires you make and the board members you invite to join you.


Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business - John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia

Whilst this seem a strange recommendation, John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods presents a great way to think through your vision as a business. There are valuable lessons about how to create a Win6 approach to benefit not just yourself but all the stakeholders you work with. Some of the philosophy of the book could be helpful to the nonprofit industry. 


Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - Chip and Dan Heath

This is a must read. And an easy one. To me, the biggest takeaway for nonprofits is that leaders love their work and want everyone to love it. So they over-tell and try to cover everything. The Heath Brothers talk about cutting through the clutter and “the curse of knowledge” – we know so much about our organizations that we get into detail that listeners don’t understand. They say that we can’t un-know what we know so we have to transform how we communicate to those who don’t know about our work.


Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results - Alison Green

“No one has more constructive insight and real life experience in helping progressive managers build strong organizations that get results than Jerry Hauser and the team at The Management Center. I hope that every person who does, or aspires to, manage a progressive organization will read this book.”

 Rob Stein, Founder, Democracy Alliance


Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy - Joan Garry

Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership will show you how to thrive. Funny, honest, intensely actionable, and based on her decades of experience, this is the book Joan Garry wishes she had when she led GLAAD out of a financial crisis in 1997. Joan will teach you how to:

  • Build a powerhouse board
  • Create an impressive and sustainable fundraising program
  • Become seen as a ‘workplace of choice’
  • Tell your stories in a way that inspires and invites people to participate
  • Be a compelling public face of your nonprofit


Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits - Leslie R. Crutchfield , McLeod Grant, and Heather J. Gregory Dees

Forces for Good blows away everything you thought you knew about what makes a great nonprofit tick. What Crutchfield and McLeod Grant didn't know, and what they came to realize through their research, was that highly effective nonprofits seldom fit our expectations of what a well-run organization should look like. Management structures in such organizations are far from perfect (and are sometimes chaotic); big ideas are less important than how those ideas are implemented; and an organization's size has no correlation to its ability to affect change.

Also, find out how the books principles can be applied to local and smaller nonprofits


Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around - Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Truly two books in one, Suddenly in Charge teaches readers how to manage down and establish credibility; it also demonstrates the success strategies necessary for managing up. The keys to reputation and career upkeep can be found in both sections, and readers will find it easy to flip back and forth in order to gain tailored advice.


Talent Magnetism: How to Build a Workplace That Attracts and Keeps the Best - Roberta Chinsky Matuson

In Talent Magnetism, Roberta Matuson, bestselling author of Suddenly in Charge, explains how to navigate the changing talent pool and the challenges of recruitment. The impact of extraordinary workers—ambitious, driven employees who are reliable under a tight deadline, are always seeking to improve, and consistently deliver results—is undisputed, and having such workers can determine a company’s success. With concrete tips and enlightening employee comments, Talent Magnetism is an invaluable guide to attracting and retaining the top talent that can transform your organization.

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Nov 16, 2019
Position Summary: In 2017, Advancement Project California (along with our partners California Calls, PICO California, and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) launched RACE COUNTS and an online interactive tool ( ). RACE COUNTS is a comprehensive research and policy-analysis platform that tracks racial disparities across the state. Through cutting-edge, rigorous analysis, RACE COUNTS ranks all of California’s counties across seven key issue areas: Democracy, Economic Opportunity, Crime & Justice, Health Care Access, Healthy Built Environments, Education, and Housing. The primary goal of this project is to develop research and analysis that support community-led initiatives to transform antiquated public systems that have long oppressed California’s communities of color. With the successful launch of this data/technology platform, the RACE COUNTS Director will now focus the initiative on using these tools to further our collaborative work with partners and advocacy for systems change efforts to close racial disparities across the state.   The RACE COUNTS Director will report directly to the Managing Director of Policy and Programs (“Managing Director”). The Director will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the RACE COUNTS initiative including staff supervision, fundraising, program development, partnership building, campaign support/development, and external relations. The Director will need to be a strategic thinker, able to gain ground when opportunities present themselves, a visionary on behalf of communities of color, and a strong communicator internally, as well as with external partners and stakeholders. The successful candidate will work with staff across the organization to ensure that a variety of perspectives are well-represented.   The successful applicant must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills and overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, a track record of successful racial justice/systems change campaigns, be self-motivated, flexible, and great at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.   Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provide strategic vision for the RACE COUNTS initiative. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for the overall operation, growth and impact of the initiative. Directly supervise and support the RACE COUNTS Manager on day‐to‐day basis, including providing work planning and professional development support to successfully execute project deliverables. Facilitate operations, workflow and accountability between policy, research, communications and technical staff to ensure very high quality and effective work products on all grants and contracts. Collaborate with senior APCA staff to manage the wide range of capacities needed to execute the initiative’s policy and advocacy efforts. Set and implement strategic goals for the initiative with support and oversight from the Managing Director. Support the Executive Director in strategic fund development and partnership support efforts. Work with the Managing Director of Policy and Programs to develop and implement annual budget for RACE COUNTS. Ensure the department is running efficiently and effectively while staying within budgetary guidelines. Develop and successfully execute (in collaboration with other Directors) a policy platform that elevates racial justice policies, fundraising/development and budget management, staff management, and grant/partner development activities. The Director will report directly to the Managing Director of Policy and Programs. Engage and represent the organization and program area to a wide range of stakeholders including research, philanthropic, advocacy, and community‐based organizations as well as elected officials and other decision‐makers Work closely with the Director of Research and Data Analysis to review data and provide input regarding development of a new version of the website. Work closely with the Director of Communications to manage the external communications around the project, RACE COUNTS findings and on-going campaign efforts. Manage select grants and projects and work with staff and with partners to articulate project goals, scope of work and timelines. With project parameters confirmed, provide leadership and support to staff executing project deliverables and ensure the highest quality   Team Development/Management As needed, recruit and manage an appropriate team culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to equity. Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign duties, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct performance reviews. Manage cross organizational leadership team to ensure buy-in and contribution to the RACE COUNTS efforts.   General Duties Support organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities as needed and ensure adherence to APCA’s goals and policies. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.   Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social, economic and/or racial justice progress for the highest-need communities. 10 plus years of experience working in the public policy or related social justice field, ideally with at least five years in a leadership role or over a decade experience with community organizing. Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in education policy, public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered. Successful track record of fund development from a diverse array of funding sources, and maintenance of programmatic budget of over $1 million. Demonstrated success building coalitions/partnerships with community and movement-building groups representing a wide range of racial and ethnic communities. Direct experience in working with legislative and administrative sources of influence. Working knowledge of community‐based research and technologies. Strong presentation skills including skills for a variety of audiences (e.g., community partners, academics, policy‐makers, philanthropists, the general public, supervisees, teammates) and experience presenting to large audiences. Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking capabilities. Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to manage and delegate to technical staff with expertise in a variety of disciplines. Demonstrated track record of successful project management and staff management. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting. Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities. Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and on-budget. Must be able to travel locally and statewide.   Physical Demands: Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the office or during events.   Salary : Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement benefits.   To Apply: Please email cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample to:   Jorge Jimenez Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration   Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  
Advancement Project Senior Management - Director
Nov 14, 2019
Walk With Sally (WWS), a 501c3 non-profit organization, is seeking a full-time, fluent Spanish speaking, Senior Program Coordinator. Walk With Sally believes no child should walk alone in the face of a loved one’s cancer journey. Because we don’t want cancer to define or limit children for the rest of their lives, we create hope, healing, and a supportive community through individualized mentoring, which transforms the lives not only of the children, but also of the families impacted by cancer. This position will be responsible for the overall support and assistance to the Program Staff, helping to support programs, services, communication and growth.                                                  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The duties and responsibilities of this position include: ·      Conduct intake interviews and attend in-service meetings with children and families referred to the mentoring program ·      Communicate with prospective mentors, current mentors, and families to ensure all necessary information (i.e. applications, background checks, participation surveys) are completed and received by WWS in a timely manner. ·      Serve as case manager for at least 50 mentors and families to ensure that mentorship is progressing effectively as outlined in the WWS program ·      Assist with the logistics and administration of monthly Mentor Training ·      Assist and coordinate the matching process of mentees and mentors in the Mentoring Program ·      Assist with the organization of Friendship Activities for mentors, mentees, families and volunteers as a group (i.e. bowling trips, pizza parties, amusement park excursions, end-of-year events, etc.) ·      Assist with all other programs: Heart to Home, Partner Activities, Mentor Roundtables, Young Leadership Club ·      Establish, implement, and manage relationships with local schools and community-based organizations ·      Actively contribute to the program’s expansion and development in new communities ·      Attend community events to help promote Walk With Sally programs ·      Assist with ideas and content for WWS Blog ·      Organize and maintain timely and accurate information within the organization’s various databases – Salesforce/ Pardot, Smug Mug, Google Docs, Dropbox, Classy, Form Assembly, Volunteer Match ·      Work with the Program Staff to monitor and maintain quality of all programs on an ongoing basis ·      Create Program marketing E-blasts and content to further share, promote and grow Mentor Program ·      Complete other duties and activities as needed QUALIFICATIONS ·      Fluent in Spanish and English (speaking and writing) ·      At least 1 year of experience in case management or other social support services ·      At least 1 year of experience in event planning and management ·      At least 2 years of experience in nonprofit sector ·      Bachelor’s degree required ·      SalesForce experience preferred ·      Proficient in Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) ·      Self-starter who works well in fast-paced grassroots environment ·      Willing to work flexible/extended hours including weekends and evenings as required ·      Ability to handle multiple tasks, organize, and prioritize workload with enthusiasm ·      Passion to support children who have been impacted by cancer ·      Strong written communication, public speaking, and organizational skills   Benefits Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance   Level of Language Proficiency English, Fluent Speaking & Writing Spanish, Fluent Speaking & Writing   How to Apply
Walk With Sally Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Nov 14, 2019
The Payroll Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the administration and processing of the weekly payroll for approximately 400+ employees in Paycom. This position also performs general Human Resources related duties and carries out responsibilities specific to payroll processes such as data entry, verify employee information, preparing manual checks, updating reports, develop methods and procedures and assisting in evaluating and implementing policies. The Payroll Coordinator will be responsible for daily auditing of timesheets in payroll system. Work with departments to resolve payroll-related problems. Excellent customer service is key to both internal and external customers.    Duties and Responsibilities to include but not limited to: Provide support in processing 400+ timecards via Paycom on a weekly basis including alphabetizing timecards and cross-checking; assist as back-up to Payroll Manager for weekly payroll process. Review timecards for accuracy and ensure that hours worked are correct.  Proactively resolve discrepancies, especially those of a recurring nature in a timely manner. Manage all manual check process including updating manual check logs for professional staff and transitional staff. Code timecards according to location worked and with appropriate pay rate. Research and resolve payroll discrepancies and if necessary, process stop payments, manual check paperwork, retro pay, etc. Enroll Direct Deposit Focus Card applications, upload CFR direct deposit information into Paycom, and maintain the Focus Card Tracker weekly. Process garnishment inquiries from federal, state and local agencies. Process and respond to incoming departmental mail and filing weekly at a minimum. Handle HR requests for transitional employees including employment verifications, W-2 copies/wage statements and inquiries from federal, state and local agencies. Conduct new hire orientations for professional and transitional staff. Manage and maintain confidential personnel and related files for all Chrysalis Enterprises temporary employees. Active participation in the Safety Committees at Chrysalis locations. Support HR Team and Payroll Manager with projects and trainings. Other duties as assigned. Job Skills & Qualifications: Two years payroll work experience. Proficiency with computers including, but not limited to, MS Office products. Prior experience with HR/Payroll systems, preferably Paycom. Familiarity with HR functions, including onboarding. Knowledge of state payroll/tax laws a plus. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with and communicate effectively with all personnel. Ability to provide excellent customer service. Strong verbal & written communication skills. Extremely detail oriented; Strong organizational skills with a keen ability to prioritize and multi-task. Excellent analytical skills; ability to identify discrepancies/variances and sources of error. Demonstrated proficiency in handling confidential matters and external and internal inquiries with the highest degree of discretion and diplomacy. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; ability to work with a sense of urgency. Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals with competing priorities. Committed to daily attendance and punctuality. Possess a deep commitment to social services and Chrysalis’s organizational mission.   Consider joining the Chrysalis team today! This is an exciting position in a fast-paced organization. We offer a highly competitive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short and Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Parking/Transit Accounts, paid time off, paid holidays, and more! Chrysalis encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities Chrysalis serves. Chrysalis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Chrysalis Los Angeles, CA, USA Finance
Nov 14, 2019
The Assistant Director of Community Schools will build and sustain coherent systems that support LAEP coordinators, partner schools, and fee for service clients in achieving agreed upon outcomes and initiative that support the mission and vision of LAEP. The Assistant Director of Community Schools will be hired by LAEP and supervised by the Senior Director of Transform Schools. The success of any student depends upon collaboration among educators, parents, nonprofits, government and businesses to create collective impact. Los Angeles Education Partnership is committed to facilitating collaborations that enable students to graduate college and career ready. We do this by enhancing teachers’ skills and collaboration, empowering students and parents, and engaging community organizations to partner with schools. Our commitment to creating effective schools is woven into the transformational models that we implement. The Assistant Director of Community Schools will: Develop and support LAEP’s mission and vision o  Work as part of the LAEP Leadership Team, focused on the successful development and implementation of LAEP’s models, frameworks, strategic plans, and goals. o  Assist in the development of the organizational goals and objectives consistent with the vision, mission, and values of the LAEP. o  Support a culture of excellence, trust, teamwork and collaboration among the staff, schools, networks, teachers, students, and families. o  Work with administrative district, union, and school leadership staff to ensure an alignment in goals and expected outcomes of LAEP’s work. o  Participate and lead, as needed, in LAEP project workgroups, feeder pattern networks, coordinator networks, department meetings and all staff development meetings and activities. o  Participate in funding prospecting and grant development, as needed. Develop and sustain the Community Schools model o  Assist in the development of the department goals and objectives consistent with the vision, mission, and values of the LAEP. o  Co-manage grant or contract deliverables to ensure high quality implementation of LAEP services. o  Collaborate on the execution of grant or contact reports, including executive summaries and presentations. o  Co-Lead and oversee the development and implementation of a highly effective Community Schools program with the Assistant Director of Community Schools. o  Primarily responsible for the implementation and management of community schools including outreach, planning, evaluation and school coordination. o  Assist in the development and implementation of the Teaching and Learning program as it related to Community Schools model. o  Participate and lead, as needed, in Transform Schools project workgroups, feeder pattern networks, coordinator networks, department meetings and all staff development meetings and activities. o  Participate in the collection and input of LAEP partnership evaluation data used to measure on-going program effectiveness of service providers and progress toward the school’s goals o  Co-facilitate oversight of the management of program budgets, approve expenditures and requests for programmatic expenses. o  Manage program and department documentation, including, but not limited to, academic, chronic absenteeism, suspension, and college graduation data. o  Work with Assistant Director of Community Schools and Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning to align department-wide policies and practices and collaborate regularly to ensure whole child-focused, high quality services are provided to our partner schools and clients. Employ data analysis: o  Collaborate with LAEP directors and LAEP staff to implement a continuous cycle of professional growth, based on data, that is responsive to the needs of the organization and the communities we serve. o  Create opportunities to collect and use staff input to contribute to policies and practices of LAEP. o  Support the coordination of gathering, analysis, and dissemination of school culture and climate survey data. o  Participate and lead, when needed, analysis interpretation and presentation of results from SCAI, SBAC, district level, school level, and other forms of data to inform next steps, interventions, and action plans of LAEP staff and the schools we serve. o  Assist in developing data-informed decision making within LAEP and the schools/districts/communities we serve. Facilitate professional development: o  Co-facilitate the supervision, coaching and support of community school coordinators, parent engagement coordinators, or college and career coordinators to strengthen LAEP’s impact at the schools we serve within our 6 core elements. o  Plan and facilitate and foster small learning communities such as; feeder pattern meetings, instructional leadership team meetings, instructional rounds, professional development, communities of practice, and network meetings. o  Employ coaching model and Adaptive Schools strategies to support all coordinators and partners. o  Plan and facilitate high quality professional development for LAEP staff, school staff, and other clients in a variety of different topics included in LAEP’s menu of services.  o  Design & facilitate dynamic, sequential professional development that supports the learning and application of learning for any audience. Implement Coaching: o  Engage LAEP staff, school administrators, teachers, and partners in ongoing consultation and coaching that is reflective, responsive, supportive and contextual and promotes sustainable trauma-informed mindsets, systems, practices and school-community partnerships. o  Provide individualized, cognitive coaching to support school leaders in building supportive relationships with teachers and students by implementing and sustaining trauma-informed practices that promote teacher and student success and empowerment. o  Facilitate professional and clear communication in a timely manner to all stakeholders Build Our Fee for Service Work: o  Interview and hire qualified consultants for a range of coaching and professional development needs o  Coordinate with the Transform Schools Coordinator to schedule and prepare consultants to meet the objectives outlined in each contract o  Communicate in a timely and professional manner with all consultants and clients o  Create contracts and proposals based on clients’ needs and LAEP fee for service schedule o  Act as an ambassador for LAEP by networking and seeking to share the work of the LAEP in an effort to generate more fee for service opportunities o  Collaborate with LAEP staff to design proposals for additional services when needs arise for the schools/districts/communities we serve. Supervise: o  Interview, hire, and onboard new transform schools staff members. o  Support staff in creating goals and work plans aligned with LAEP’s organizational goals and vision. o  Facilitate coaching conversations that supports staff’s planning, reflection, and overall professional growth o  Monitor progress of staff towards meeting the objectives and goals of the scope of work o  Provide documentation as required for administrative procedures, including invoices, timesheets, evaluation materials and tracking logs. o  Conduct annual evaluations of assigned staff Qualifications Knowledge: o 5 years’ minimum experience in working with programs that support children’s academic success through parent engagement, family support and community/school collaboration.  o Prefer Cognitive Coaching and/or Adaptive Schools trained o Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) o BA required, Master’s degree preferred in a related field such as education, ethnic studies, or social work Skills: o  Experience with project planning for supports to increase student’s academic success through parent engagement, school collaboration, and social emotional health o  Excellent communication and organizational skills; strong written and interpersonal skills o  Bilingual English/Spanish preferred o  Demonstrated success in working with students and families of diverse backgrounds o  Ability to quickly establish and maintain cooperative and effective professional relationships, build trust in a limited time, and engage with a broad range of school-based staff and community partners around building a trauma sensitive culture o  Ability to demonstrate effective skills in group facilitation, managing teams/groups, organizational dynamics, and consensus building. o  Cultural awareness and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity with issues of race and equity and knowledge of racial equity and racial justice in the context of public education o  Excellent project management skills, ability to balance multiple priorities with proven ability to anticipate challenges, solve problems and maintain a calm demeanor in high-pressure situations o  Strong analytical, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills o  Knowledge and/or experience with change management as it relates to positive organizational change. o  Experience managing budgets Disposition: o  Experience working with students of diverse abilities & backgrounds o  Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team o  Builds excellent rapport and relationships with colleagues and clients o  Earns the respect of the school site staff and wider community Physical and Mental Requirements: o  While performing the duties of this job, the Assistant Director of Community Schools is frequently required to sit; stand; stoop; bend; walk; talk; hear; use hands to grip, type; reach with hands and arms, occasionally required to stand or walk on uneven surfaces; and climb stairs.    o  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    o  Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds Licensing and Certification Requirements:    o  Daily driving could be required, must provide own vehicle, valid Driver's License and proof of full vehicle insurance coverage;  o  Negative tuberculosis screen (required); o  Must pass criminal background check.  Required Documentation at Time of Application: o  If you believe that you qualify for this position based upon education or training you have received, you will be  required  to provide a copy of  your official transcripts  or copy of  diploma  from the accredited college/university, and/or a copy of a certificate indicating your successful completion of any required training, before your qualifications will be evaluated.     Benefits Compensation and Benefits: o  Position is 40 hours/week o   Salary :  Depending on Experience (DOE) plus benefits, including medical, dental, vision, retirement plan and Paid Time Off (PTO).     Level of Language Proficiency o  Bilingual English/Spanish preferred   How to Apply Please send your cover letter and resume with the subject line "Assistant Director of Community Schools" to Maya Donnelly at
Los Angeles Education Partnership Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs