Managing a Non Profit Organization (3rd Ed)
Since this classic work was originally published in 1984, there have been major shifts in the nonprofit world -- the growth of more profit-oriented ventures, the overhaul of accounting rules, new partnerships, and an emphasis on customer-oriented service and leadership....
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Since this classic work was originally published in 1984, there have been major shifts in the nonprofit world -- the growth of more profit-oriented ventures, the overhaul of accounting rules, new partnerships, and an emphasis on customer-oriented service and leadership. In easy-to-understand language, Thomas Wolf explains how to cope with these changes and deal with the traditional challenges of managing staff, trustees, and volunteers.
Chapter 1 Understanding Nonprofit Organizations The Spencer family lives in a small city in the western United States. Sam Spencer runs a plumbing supply business; Jane, his wife, teaches at a school for the learning disabled. On a typical day, their lives -- like the lives of most Americans -- are touched repeatedly by the world of nonprofit organizations. * At 7:30 A.M., Jane takes Sammy, Jr., aged three, to a daycare center housed at the Baptist Church to which the family belongs. She then goes directly to her school, which serves learning-disabled high-school students. The daycare center, the church, and the school are all nonprofit organizations. * At about the same time that Jane leaves, Sam is loading his truck with plumbing supplies for the regional hospital, which is located in their city. The hospital, which employs more than a thousand people, is also a nonprofit organization, one that makes a significant contribution to the local economy. * Before leaving home, Sam reminds son John, aged nine, that he should pack his bathing suit and towel because there is swim practice after school at the local YMCA. The YMCA is the city's principal recreational organization and is organized as a nonprofit. * On this particular day, Jane is on release time from the classroom taking an in-service workshop on language arts instruction at the local college. The college is the largest nonprofit organization in the city. * While Jane is on release time, half of her students from school are on a field trip to the science museum and the other half are attending an open rehearsal at the local symphony. Both of these organizations are nonprofit organizations. * Meanwhile, Sam has completed his delivery of plumbing supplies and drives over to the job-training center where he teaches the essentials of plumbing two mornings a week. Although supported almost exclusively with government funding, the center is a nongovernment, private nonprofit organization. * When school is over, Jane meets with a group of teachers who are working on a special grant proposal that they will submit to a local foundation. They are seeking funds to support a computer-based language arts program in their classrooms. The foundation, whose income is derived mainly from a large endowment and is exempt from taxation, is a nonprofit organization. * After leaving school, Jane drives over to a local nursing home to visit her father. The nursing home is a nonprofit organization. * Sam leaves work early to go to a public hearing. A local builder, one of Sam's customers, has proposed a new development in what was formerly marshland. An environmental group, organized as a nonprofit organization, is opposing the development and is presenting its testimony at the public hearing. * When Jane arrives home, there is a letter from daughter Amy, who is spending the fall of her junior year in South America as part of an exchange program. The exchange was organized by a national nonprofit organization with a local chapter in the city where the Spencers live. * Finally, after dinner, the Spencers receive a call from the public radio station. It is pledge week and the caller asks whether the Spencers will renew their membership in this nonprofit organization. Jane leaves soon after for a planning meeting for the local Girl Scouts' cookie drive. The Girl Scouts is a prominent national nonprofit organization. There are over a million nonprofit organizations in the United States, a number that has increased over 25 percent in the past quarter century. They range from large universities with assets in the billions of dollars to small all-volunteer, community-based, grass roots organizations that seem to operate on a shoestring. Though they represent less than 5 percent of all institutions and they own only 2 percent of the nation's assets, their contribution to the nation's quality of life is incalculable. They contribute hundr
Dr. Thomas Wolf's career spans over four decades and encompasses the fields of philanthropy, education and the arts. He established the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 1983 after serving as the founding Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. His clients have included ten of the fifty largest U.S. foundations, government agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, and treasured international cultural institutions like the British Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center. Dr. Wolf is the author of numerous articles and books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.