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Going Global for the Greater Good: Succeeding as a Nonprofit in the International Community Hardcover – March 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0787966768 ISBN-10: 0787966762 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787966762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787966768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I found the book to be an excellent primer for a nonprofit thinking about entering or deepening its international engagement." (Charity Channel, 4/14/2004)

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“Ms. Koenig's book offers practical, hands-on advice for both newcomers to the international arena as well as those with more experience in the field. A ‘must-read’ when you are beginning to engage internationally . . . a trusted companion as you continue your journey.” —Charles W. Gould, national president, Volunteers of America

“At a time when citizens around the world realize that their destiny is intrinsically linked with others in distant lands, and as transnational networks take new shape and form, this accessible and practical publication adds a much-needed body of knowledge that will support learning and practice about working on a global basis." —Kumi Naidoo, secretary general and CEO, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

"Going global is both an opportunity and a responsibility for every NGO. The NGO community needs guidance in the processes of exploration and learning that are required to capitalize on the diversity the world has to offer. Bonnie Koenig provides an organized and thoughtful guide to help NGOs undertake this important growth process. I recommend its use as a guide in strategic planning as NGOs prepare for the future." —Robert Long, vice president for programs, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Going Global provides the nonprofit sector in the United States with an immensely useful, hands-on guide to a wide range of possible international connections and dimensions.  Koenig deals with everything from legal and communication barriers to complex management challenges.  This book should be must-reading for any nonprofit manager even considering international ties.” —Julie Fisher, program officer, Kettering Foundation, and author, NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World


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Format: Hardcover
As someone who spent many years working or volunteering in multinational organizations and who cares deeply about international issues, I found the book to be an excellent primer for a nonprofit thinking about entering or deepening its international engagement. I truly believe that it is essential for every nonprofit to become more aware of its role in the global community. This book can get your nonprofit started.
While most of the examples are from US nonprofits, in the spirit of the book, the author also includes examples from other countries.
You might be surprised at the nonprofits that already have benefited from international connections, such as Chicago's StreetWise, Boston-headquartered City Year, or the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The book is easy reading and raises issues that any nonprofit will need to consider as it deepens its international involvement. It gives very helpful examples of other nonprofits that have addressed some of those issues. It is not in the scope of the book to give detailed answers to every question - for example, the mechanics of fundraising in other countries.
Of particular usefulness is the author's attention to both strategic and practical advice for nonprofits going international - from big picture issues such as organizational structure to more mundane but essential challenges such as setting up phone meetings across international time zones. The book is particularly good at highlighting cross-cultural communication considerations. Ms. Koenig's 20 years of experience working with local, national and international nonprofits, and her time spent living abroad, clearly show through.
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By George Needham on April 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I work for a not-for-profit organization that has increased its non-US activity (as measured by revenue) by 150% in the last 10 years. Four years ago, we began considering the governance and operational implications of this change. Going Global for the Greater Good was one of the key tools we used to orient member leaders, managers and staff to what such change really entails. Her continuum, "The Six Stages of International Engagement," helped us understand where we were and to what we aspire. We were on the edge between levels 4 and 5 at that point. As a result of our work, informed by this book, we've brought in new member leaders from outside the US, added technical infrastructure in Europe, and continue to increase our non-US activity every year. A major change being contemplated in our governance structure this year (April and May 2008) could take us to the cusp of level 6.
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Nonprofits considering expanding into the global arena are often overwhelmed by the complexities and sensitivities involved. Koenig's book breaks the process into practical steps for integrating global considerations into all the strategic directions and goals of the organization. It is realistic about the challenges but optimistic about possibilities. Useful features include bibliographies, an excellent index and case studies of global efforts by organizations. The book cannot be compared to any others I know of because there aren't any others. Koenig has filled a gap and filled it well.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The practical advice and examples from a variety of organizations both large and small are balanced with clear explanations of the principles as well as the personal and organizational challenges of action on the global stage. This sort of activism is not easy and Bonnie Koenig's insights are very helpful. Eve Sullivan, PARENTS FORUM®
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