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Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization

Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization

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Book DescriptionThe executive director and board may lead a nonprofit, but it’s not their organization. It belongs to the community it serves. Nonprofit leaders are stewards—managers of resources that belong to someone else.

This concept is at the core of Peter Brinckerhoff’s new book, Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization. Being a steward of a nonprofit forces its leaders to keep the organization’s mission foremost—and helps them make decisions that are best for the people the organization serves. In other words, stewardship helps nonprofits do more good for more people.

With public trust in nonprofits suffering from scandals and funding competition increasing, decision makers areunder pressure to increase the mission capability of the organization that they steward. Part I of Nonprofit Stewardship describes the philosophy and tenets of stewardship but also includes many examples and hands-on ideas that readers can start to use quickly. Part II explores more specific applications of stewardship, including how stewardship ideas apply to planning, finance, and crisis management. There’s also a set of assessment tools that help the organization’s leaders look at their stewardship as a group, and also look at their personal level of stewardship.

Specific applications of stewardship concepts make this book practical and immediately useful. First-person stories from the author’s considerable experience make it authoritative and reassuring. End-of-chapter discussion questions reinforce the ideas brought up in the chapter and generate discussion.

Nonprofit Stewardship is recommended for leaders of all types of nonprofit organizations serving individuals, the localcommunity, the state, the nation, or the world. Also recommended for donors, grantmakers, government agencies, and others who fund nonprofit work.