How to turn personal passion into an organization with impact For anyone setting out to change the world, launching a nonprofit venture can be a powerful way to enact change. Whether bringing donated eyeglasses to children who have never seen clearly, revamping inner city schools, or bringing solar cookers to refugee camps, the act of doing good can be life-changing. Yet starting a nonprofit?and running it well?can also pose challenges. The Art of Doing Good is an essential companion for anyone looking to start an organization that makes a real difference. Drawing from their own leadership roles in the nonprofit world, as well as interviews with 18 celebrated social innovators, the authors prepare would-be social entrepreneurs with guidance and real-world advice for sustaining the spirit, ambition, and ingenuity to keep their vision alive and thriving. * Features real-life stories of 18 notable social entrepreneurs and the organizations they run, including Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children?s Zone), Darell Hammond (KaBOOM!)
, and Michael Brown (City Year) * Reveals what particular issues nonprofit leaders can expect to face throughout the lifespan of their organization and shares strategies for meeting challenges * Written by world-renowned philanthropists Bronfman and Solomon, respectively cofounder and CEO of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and coauthors of The Art of Giving With thoughtful and comprehensive insight on how the most effective social ventures do good well,The Art of Doing Good is essential reading for both new and experienced nonprofit leaders.
Charles Bronfman, of the Seagram's corporate family, was the founding owner of the Montreal Expos and is the chairman of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Among his many philanthropic achievements is the creation of Birthright Israel and Historica. Bronfman has been awarded six honorary doctorates from universities in three countries for his humanitarian work. With Jeffrey Solomon, Bronfman is the coauthor of The Art of Giving. Jeffrey Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, has taught philanthropy at New York University and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations. Solomon has been chief operating officer of the United Jewish Appeal Federation in New York, and he is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. John Sedgwick is the author of eleven books, including the family memoir In My Blood, and has been a regular contributor to the Atlantic, Newsweek, and GQ.
PREFACE vii INTRODUCTION: How to Change the World 1 PART ONE Sources of Inspiration 1 That Aha! Moment: When Inspiration Strikes 17 2 The Prequel: The Backstory: The History Behind the Idea 31 PART TWO Bringing Your Idea to Life 3 What It Takes: Can You Really Do This? 49 4 Getting off the Ground: At Some Point You Need to Get Real 65 5 Being the Brand: Identifying with Your Organization 77 6 The Pros and Cons of Partnerships: Do Your Research 85 7 Finding Support: Use Your Connections 95 8 Setting Goals and Keeping on Track: Start Small and Grow 109 9 Staffing Up: Your Most Vexing Resource: People! 125 10 Hard Knocks: Weathering the Storms 135 11 Preparing for Rollout: Ramping Up 149 PART THREE Managing the Organization 12 Becoming a Manager: The Change 161 13 The Board: How the Board Can Help 169 14 Transparency: No Secrets 179 15 Planning for the Future: What to Do Next 185 16 The Money Side: Money Is Not a Dirty Word 203 17 Making Your Exit: How Do You Know When It Is Time to Go? 215 EPILOGUE: The Value of Leadership 223 PART FOUR Resources RESOURCE A: Index of Nonprofit Resources 229 RESOURCE B: Major Supporters of Capacity Building 261 NOTES 263 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 265 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 267 INDEX 271
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