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Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability 1st Edition

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Jan Masaoka (San Francisco, CA) is a leading nonprofit thinker, writer, and editor of Blue Avocado, a bimonthly online magazine (50,000 subscribers) that features Jan's signature column Board Cafe (from which her book Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone, 2003, 2009) was compiled. As the former executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, she was named Executive Director of the Year in 2002 by Nonprofit Times, and California Community Leader of the Year in 2005 by Leadership California. She served on the Governance & Fiduciary Responsibility Committee of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector to advise the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Steve Zimmerman, (Milwaukee, WI) M.B.A., C.P.A., is principal at Spectrum Nonprofit Services, a multi-service consulting firm specializing in business planning, strategy and financial analysis for nonprofits and foundations. An MBA and CPA, Zimmerman's previous work includes Projects Director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Associate Director for Earth Island Institute, and CFO and Development Director for other community-based nonprofit organizations.  In addition to his consulting and training, he writes for Blue Avocado as well as The Nonprofit Quarterly and BoardSource.

Jeanne Bell (San Francisco, CA) is CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a leading consulting, research and training firm for nonprofits. Based on her own CFO and COO experiences along with extensive consulting work, Jeanne coauthored Finance Leadership for Nonprofits (Fieldstone, 2005), and her published research work includes numerous nonprofit-oriented studies. The former Advisory Board Chair for the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at USF, she serves on the Alliance for Nonprofit Management board.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470598298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470598290
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent resource and guide to understanding the relationship between the mission of a public benefit organization (aka "nonprofit") and its finances. I haven't seen in any other book how well the complex topic of mission and money are tied together. The Matrix Map tool alone is worth the purchase of this wonderful book. And the authors take the concept much further in meaningful and useful ways by giving insight and information about an organization's strategies and what next steps an organization should take with respect to its "lines of business". Every nonprofit Executive Director, CFO, and Board would "profit" by understanding and using the tools and ideas presented in "Nonprofit Sustainability".
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Nonprofit Sustainability is a must-read for nonprofit leaders and board members. I only wish the book came out years ago. This is a breakthrough resource on many levels. Sustainability is a hot topic today but too often it's discussed in platitudes. Not here. The authors address the nexus between mission impact and viability, and they give you a framework, a road map, and valuable hands-on tools, not to mention a variety of different examples that illustrate the tools in action. They take powerful concepts from the business world and adapt them to the nonprofit sector in ways that reflect the nuances and differences of the sector, based on the authors' deep experience with nonprofits of all shapes and sizes. Each chapter brings new "Aha!" moments. Get this book for your staff and board and go back to the drawing board with a matrix map analysis and a sustainable business model. You'll be glad you did!
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rather than a book. Essentially relabeling the Boston Consulting Group star / dog / cash cow diagram and applying it to non-profits if I understood it correctly. Not a bad read, but the point could have been conveyed far more succinctly, and I think I WAY overpaid for the simplified content.
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I love this book. We've used many of the tools in planning for our organization and it works! The best part is that it helps engage the board and other stake holders in a values driven discussion that blends mission and strategic business planning.
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I highly recommend this book. It provides a powerful and easy-to-use framework for analysis and planning. Every nonprofit leader interested in sustaining his/her organization should grab a copy asap.
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This is a MUST read for nonprofit leaders. The style is clear, concise and accessible. It pulls together fairly complex topics in a simple way. It provides a great roadmap for nonprofit leaders who are evaluating what they do, and why they do it. It provides a great structure for proactively evaluating programs, integrating both finances and impact. I read it in around 3 hours, time well spent.
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Nonprofit Sustainability does a great job helping nonprofits understand that our decisions are not limited to either/or, either we keep this program or we get rid of it. Rather, the book helps nonprofits take a more analytical yet heartfelt look at our programs. It gives us the tools needed to determine how to approach financial and programatic challenges based on our own values and mission.
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I found this book extremely readable and transferable to our work. The book provides guidance about how to create your own matrix with input from board and staff. Our matrix provides an interesting view of our work, measuring both alignment with mission and real costs. I found the information extremely useful -- it was like having a planning session without a paid consultant.
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