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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The Residential Manager will oversee the programs and operations of the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Program for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18 to 25.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1) Manage and supervise the emergency shelter and transitional housing for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18 to 25; 2) Develop, implement, and supervise education, career, and youth development programming;  3) Develop and implement programs for LGBTQ homeless youth to address their psychoeducational needs; 4) Recruit, hire, train, schedule and supervise staff; plan and coordinate staff training; 5) Facilitate group meetings and conflict resolution for residents and staff; coordinate event and activity participation by residents; 6) Maintain complete and accurate files on all members and document all services provided utilizing the CYFS data management system; complete data entry into the HMIS and other federal and state data systems as required; prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required; 7) Evaluate program needs, develop and refine service models, implement best practices, establish and develop procedures; 8) Establish goals and outcomes; develop and implement tools to track and evaluate client data and outcomes; prepare monthly, quarterly and yearly reports to satisfy grants and for purposes internal to the Center; meet measurable objectives and ensure compliance with all grants and contracts; 9) Collaborate with outside community based LGBTQ and youth service organizations and represent the program externally as needed; 10) Work a flexible schedule and be on call for crisis situations that may occur; 11) Participate in staff meetings, planning meetings and other meetings as needed; 12) Other duties as assigned; JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: 1) Experience working with the LGBTQ community and familiarity with issues of particular relevance to LGBTQ people. 2) A passion for the Center’s work and its mission to make the world a better place for LGBTQ people; 3) 8-10 years of education in Psychology, Social Work, or other Behavioral Science preferred; or equivalent work experience; 4) Experience in developing and implementing career development programs for at-risk or homeless youth; 5) Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate meetings; 6) Ability to make oral presentations to groups about issues related to LGBTQ homeless youth; 7) Good computer skills and knowledge including word processing, excel database operations, spreadsheets, and other software systems; 8) Leadership skills as evident by ability to coordinate and/or oversee the successful completion of projects; 9) Sensitive to the needs of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered youth from a wide range of backgrounds; 10) Access to reliable transportation and the ability to be insured; 11) Current CPR certificate; 12) Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration statuses, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical/physical/mental condition, pregnancy/childbirth and related medical condition, age, marital status, or veteran status. Compensation: $70,000 Annually Benefits Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance; also including Long Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program, and a 403(b) retirement plan How to Apply Provide a Resume and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format. Complete our job profile.
Los Angeles LGBT Center Los Angeles, CA, USA Development
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Direct the large donor development efforts of The Public Interest Network, including U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps, and the National Environmental Law Center. Recruit and oversee a team of dedicated development staff; harness the fundraising efforts of our policy and organizing staff. Build our identity with large donors.    For more than 40 years, The Public Interest Network has worked to protect our environment, public health, and to improve our quality of life. We face crises that demand thoughtful action at all levels—locally and nationally. The Network has undertaken this type of action not only through our membership-based advocacy organizations, such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America, but also through our commitment to many other social change strategies, including our continual training of new organizers and advocates, our litigation work to enforce environmental laws in the absence of government action, insightful research, voter registration, and through our stewardship of fossil fuel-free mutual funds.  Our social change work is needed now, more than ever. We are hiring a Development Director to ensure that we meet that need for years to come.   Most of our work is largely funded by individual ‘small’ donors, whom we have recruited one person-to-person conversation at a time.  The Public Interest Network is hiring an experienced Development Director to utilize our track record, our broad donor base, and our seasoned staff of expert organizers and advocates to leverage an ambitious fundraising initiative.  The Director will exercise independent judgment and discretion in planning, organizing, and directing TPIN’s large donor fundraising, planned giving, and capital campaigns. The Director will work to raise money both for existing initiatives and to identify new opportunities for building support, will establish relationships with prospective donors, and will deepen relationships we already hold with our valued donors. The Director will work with leadership to identify Network priorities, to enhance the fundraising efforts of existing donor staff, and to build a dedicated team of fundraisers.  The Director will raise money to support our priorities, with activities that range from 501c(3), to 501c(4), to express political advocacy.  Representative Responsibilities Include: Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.  Grow the Network’s major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.  Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.  Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.  Coordinate fundraising special events.  Work closely with Network leadership.  Recruit, train, and oversee other dedicated development staff.  Oversee creation of online and offline materials to support fundraising activities.  Perform other duties as requested.  Qualifications The Director must embrace the mission of The Public Interest Network; must have strong people skills and writing skills; be able to recruit and train staff; be an effective external representative for the organization; travel as necessary to meet with donors and to participate in organizational planning and strategy meetings; be systems-oriented; work well with Network leadership to integrate them into relationship building with donors; and have extensive experience with large donor fundraising. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects. Compensation & Benefits   Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package. Location Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; or Los Angeles, CA   Application To apply, please fill out our online application  here . Attach your resume and cover letter in .pdf form, and address your cover letter to Faye Park, TPIN Chief of Staff. Things to Know When You Apply The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit  for things you should know about our network when you apply. The Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer.
Work for Progress Los Angeles, CA, USA Development
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