Summary of How to Manage an Effective Nonprofit Organization

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Author Michael A. Sand, a consultant to nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years, has condensed his experience and knowledge of not-for-profit agencies into an information-packed book. He thoroughly covers the ABCs of managing a community service agency - from forming and operating a governing board to writing better grant proposals to hiring and supervising a productive staff. This handy reference is straightforward and easy to follow. It tackles many of the problems nonprofit organizations face everyday. Each chapter is accessibly divided into an outline format with headlines and bullet points, making the information easy to find and digest. The author includes sound, basic management material that might apply to most small businesses, as well as nonprofits, but unfortunately does not include case studies, anecdotes or real life examples to support his suggested strategies. Still, if ever offered a start-up or refresher course called Nonprofit Agency Management 101, this book would be required reading.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to approach the basic management of a nonprofit agency;
  • How to recruit, maintain and run an organized, productive board;
  • How to prepare grants and manage grant funding; and
  • How to hire, supervise and fire your paid staff and volunteers.

About the Author

Michael A. Sand has been leading workshops for nonprofit managers for more than a quarter of a century. He heads Sand Associates, a U.S. management consulting firm. Sand also formed a Grant Writing and Grant Management Group, which assists nonprofits with grants.



Begin with the Board
A board of directors that functions smoothly is essential to any well-run nonprofit agency. As a leader or manager of a nonprofit organization, make sure that your agency’s bylaws clearly state the required size of the board, the lengths of the members’ terms, and ...

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