Nonprofit Management Books

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

Latest Jobs

Aug 16, 2019
The Executive Assistant performs duties primarily for the CEO, but also for the VP as needed, as well as general office management duties. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:   Manage the daily schedule of the CEO. This includes ensuring all appointments fit in with the overall schedule, all required details of each appointment are noted under that item in the schedule and all necessary briefing material is provided.  It also includes ensuring that he knows his schedule 24 hours in advance and keeps appointments and meetings on time, changing schedules when necessary. Prepare travel arrangements for all executive staff, including air, transportation and hotel reservations; prepare expense reports upon return.  Screen phone calls for CEO. Process all invoices and secure approval from the VP or CEO; interface with accounting office for processing and payment of invoices. Reconcile and process monthly corporate credit card statement and expense reports. Coordinate the organization, preparation and distribution of board packets for quarterly meetings of the GRACE Board of Directors.  Process correspondence, compose letters, format Word documents and Power Point presentations, including charts and graphics. Manage office-wide information technology, including computers and mobile devices. This includes providing staff training, and working with outside IT consultant to troubleshoot hardware and software issues, diagnose problems and perform maintenance on GRACE computers. Manage and keep current contact databases. Organize and maintain an accurate and easily accessible office file system (paper and electronic); maintain the confidentiality of sensitive documents. Prepare payroll time sheets. Act as a representative of GRACE to external constituents as directed. Draft grant proposals for funding. Assist in the coordination of community activities. Provide reports on the Community Meetings and community activities. Assist with and help manage outreach efforts, such community meetings. Support the ECPCA creative team with scheduling, planning, and oversight of administrative functions (i.e. community meetings, partner outreach, weekly meetings) Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Benefits Health Insurance Retirement Plan Life Insurance Long Term Disability Flexible Spending Account   How To Apply Please send cover letter and resume to the following email: * No phone calls please.   Salary  At least $46,000 
GRACE Pasadena, CA, USA Administration / Clerical
Aug 16, 2019
Avodah believes that Jewish leaders have the power to help change our country for the better. We train and support early- and mid-career Jewish young adults with the tools, knowledge, and networks they need to contribute their skills and passion to advancing social justice across the country and strengthening the fabric of our diverse Jewish communities. Additionally, we help the Jewish community understand how to address the root causes and effects of poverty in the United States. Avodah’s operates its Jewish Service Corps, Justice Fellowship, Alumni Network, and Community Engagement programs in five cities across the nation and has sparked thousands of Jewish leaders to do justice work, added millions of dollars in critical staff capacity to anti-poverty organizations, and helped strengthen Jewish life in the United States. Learn more about Avodah and our cities/communities at    Position Overview At present, Avodah secures more than $2 million in grants from more than 50 foundations annually, which represents more than 55% of the organization’s budget. Avodah seeks a Part-time (i.e., 20 hours/week) Grant Writer to work closely with the Foundations Manager to write, edit and/or compile foundation submissions. They will also conduct research on prospective funders. Candidates must be available for  occasional  local and out-of-state travel to Avodah staff meetings, retreats, and events on nights and weekends.   Key Responsibilities  Develop and write foundation submissions, including letters of intent, funding requests, and reports, persuasively communicating Avodah’s mission, programs and impact;  Collaborate with appropriate staff members to craft budgets and other financial documents for submission to foundations;  Edit foundation materials written by the Foundations Manager; Communicate by email, phone and letter with prospective and current funders;  Conduct prospect research on prospective foundation funders;  Occasionally, join the Foundations Manager and/or other Avodah staff members for meetings with foundation representatives; and Other duties as assigned.   Skills & Qualifications Three to five years of work experience (including internships) required; Experience writing foundation proposals and reports, and prospect research  preferred ;  Working knowledge of Salesforce  preferred Experience working in a nonprofit setting  preferred ; Outstanding persuasive writing, editing, and proofreading skills;   Ability to handle a large volume of work, prioritize and multitask under tight deadlines with unflagging attention to detail; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;  Working knowledge of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Microsoft Excel;  Commitment to the idea that the Jewish community has an essential role to play in promoting justice in the United States; and  Flexibility to adjust to evolving work demands; and Good sense of humor. Salary:  Commensurate with experience - please include salary requirements with application. Due to the part-time nature of this position, it will not be benefits-eligible. To Apply:   Please send  resume, cover letter and salary requirements  to Shira Sarfati at . Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include “PT Grant Writer” in the subject line.   Applications will be accepted until we hire, but  we strongly encourage interested candidates to submit their applications by August 26, 2019 . Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those applicants granted an interview. No phone calls, please.  Avodah is an equal opportunity employer. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.   Benefits Due to the part-time nature of this position, benefits will not be available.   How To Apply Please send  resume, cover letter and salary requirement s to Shira Sarfati at . Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include “PT Grant Writer” in the subject line.   Applications will be accepted until we hire, but  we strongly encourage interested candidates to submit their applications by August 26, 2019 . Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those applicants granted an interview. No phone calls, please. 
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps Remote (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Development