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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118118804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118118801
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Since the first edition of Forces for Good was published in 2007 the world has changed significantly. The U.S. and global economies have essentially ground to a halt. Government cutbacks, reduced public support, and less money from corporations have challenged nonprofits like never before.

In the original book, authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant employed a rigorous research methodology to determine "what makes great nonprofits great?" They studied twelve nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact—from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation—and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world. This revised and updated edition of that bestselling book explores how the recent economic and social upheavals have impacted these noteworthy organizations. In addition, Forces for Good shows how the six practices have been applied successfully to small, local nonprofits.

Despite the enormous changes in the economic landscape, the authors' recent research reaffirms the viability of the original six practices for scaling social impact. This updated book examines a proven framework that helps nonprofits shift from an organizational mind-set to a relational mind-set, from a more industrial era model of production, where the nonprofit produces goods and services for customers, to a networked model, where the nonprofit's mission is to catalyze social change by inspiring others to action.

If you are a nonprofit professional, an agent for social change, a dedicated volunteer, or a concerned donor, this book will serve as a manual for becoming a force for good.

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Praise for Forces for Good

"Top 10 Business Book of the Year ... a serious piece of research."—The Economist

"Offers excellent real-world examples of what great nonprofits actually look like."—Financial Times.com

"A Best Book of the Year."—The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"Inspired and inspiring, this book can change the way the world works by changing how leaders think. Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant have made a significant contribution with a Very Big Idea: the shift in focus from building an organization to building a movement."—Jim Collins, author, Good to Great; coauthor, Built to Last

"Global problems like abject poverty require innovative, scalable solutions. We have so much to learn from these six practices because they're what lead to wide-scale social change."—Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook

"The nonprofits making the greatest impacts these days are entrepreneurial, adaptive, outward-looking, and sometimes a little messy. Working together, they are trying not only to solve problems, but also to reform whole systems. For the many leaders of all ages out to change the world, this book provides an invaluable road map. Bravo!"—David Gergen, professor of public service and director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; senior political analyst, CNN

Winner

Skystone Ryan Research Prize by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Winner

Gold Prize by Axiom Business Book Awards for Nonprofits

Revised and Updated

"Top 10 Business book of the year." —The Economist


More About the Author

Leslie R. Crutchfield is a managing director of Ashoka: Innovators of the Public, a philanthropic adviser, and a research grantee of The Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. She serves on the board of the SEED Foundation and resides in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Anyone who wants to understand the workings of non-profits should read this.
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In addition, I really liked the style of using great examples from real non-profits that are making it happen and really making a difference.
Malcolm Lanham
Our world and communities today need the best efforts of nonprofit organizations to respond to today's challenges.
Darren Cronshaw

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Lanham on May 31, 2012
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I started to read this as I was going through the interview process for non-profit management position and I have to tell you that it is one of the best organizational leadership & management books that I have read in a LONG time.

I really enjoyed the updated content and in my mind it made it much more relevant to what the agency that I am interviewing with is going through. In addition, I really liked the style of using great examples from real non-profits that are making it happen and really making a difference.

A must read for all non-profit managers, boards, staff, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Cronshaw on May 4, 2014
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What can good-hearted nonprofit organizations do in the face of huge sometimes seemingly insurmountable social problems? It is easy to recognize the importance of civil society and social entrepreneurship and why it is a growing sector. Our world and communities today need the best efforts of nonprofit organizations to respond to today's challenges. Progress has also been made in some areas, thanks to the actions of both civil society and large agencies such as the UN. Nevertheless, the scale and complexity of the problems of the world today are only increasing - not least of which include extreme poverty, climate change, health care, archaic education systems, unjust economical and judicial systems, and who knows what epidemic challenges are around the corner? What are the best practices for nonprofits seeking to respond? Jim Collins has written business books like Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't (New York: HarperCollins, 2001) and with Jerry Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (New York: HarperBusiness 1997), but what is it that make nonprofits "great" and lasting in what they attempt to do to make their communities and their world a better place?

These are the questions that grab the imagination of coauthors Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant. Crutchfield is a senior advisor with Foundation Strategy Group and a respected authority on scaling social innovation and high-impact philanthropy, and lives in Washington DC. Grant is a senior consultant with Monitor Institute focusing on networking, transforming legacy organizations and scaling social innovations, and lives in the Bay Area. Both have MBA and AB degrees and serve as board members and contribute to the field through writing and speaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barns on July 27, 2014
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After 60 years of direct involvement with a variety of non profits (none in executive positions) I found this book to be both "right on" along with the plus of opening doors to me that I am actively following up on. I found it to easy to read and parts were really mind-blowing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angel Horvath on February 3, 2013
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This book is research driven business advice. Forget the most modern and up to date business advice. Instead rely on the practices in this book which are solid, and verified in follow up after several years of the worst economy in a generation. These practices stand the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy C. on November 22, 2013
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Great book that looks beyond the shared desire for change of nonprofits and digs into the operational details - highlighting both strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly revealing that many models can be successful.
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