Reviews for Forces for Good : The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

Booklist Reviews 2007 October #2
Crutchfield and Grant, longtime participants in the nonprofit sector, analyze the most successful nonprofits of our era to answer the question, "What makes great nonprofits great?" Through extensive surveys and interviews, the authors develop six practices common to high-impact nonprofits: offering advocacy efforts and service, harnessing market forces and leveraging the power and resources of business, engaging individuals from outside the organization, working with and through other organizations, learning to adapt, and sharing leadership by empowering others. We learn that nonprofits become increasingly influential as they adopt more and more of the authors' practices, and the book offers step-by-step guidance for improving impact. In addition to perfecting the internal capacity to deliver programs, a nonprofit must focus upon efforts external to its operation. The authors conclude, "To win at the social change game, it's not about being the biggest or the fastest or even the best-managed nonprofit. The most powerful, influential and strategic organizations leverage and transform others to become forces for good." Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Choice Reviews 2008 September
Crutchfield and Grant examine the elusive topic of what makes nonprofit organizations successful, building a superb comparative research methodology and executing it admirably. By the time the reader arrives at the beginning of chapter 2 the stage is set; the depth of the analysis becomes apparent and the analytical quality obvious. A project of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University, this study is based on comprehensive survey data and interviews with nonprofit leaders. Effectively integrating 12 case studies of what they regard as high-impact organizations, the authors craft their theoretical framework and manage to bring all the divergent elements into sharp focus. Their advice on managing markets, mastering adaptation, and inspiring evangelists is truly exceptional and critically important to the survival of nonprofits. Readers will finish this book with the same admiration this reviewer felt and will be left with many insightful, thought-provoking ideas about the practices that make nonprofit organizations more effective. Forces for Good is a definite read for serious students of nonprofit organizations as well as practitioners in the field. The value of the content is limitless and far-reaching. Summing Up: Essential. All professional and academic business collections, lower-division undergraduate and up. Copyright 2008 American Library Association.

Library Journal Reviews 2007 December #1

Crutchfield and Grant, cofounders of Who Cares? , a national quarterly journal devoted to community service and social activism, have put together a workable list of the six best practices for nonprofits based on a thorough study of 12 high-impact organizations, from Habitat for Humanity to the National Council of La Raza. The practices they advocate are fairly straightforward (e.g., "inspire evangelists"), if a little short on specific implementations, but the book's real strength is how well it translates business practices and philosophies to the nonprofit sector, in particular by shifting the focus from competition to collaboration. The work suffers a little from a surfeit of jargon, but it's a decent read with sound ideas. Every organization can take something from it, but if your nonprofit isn't on the road to national attention, don't expect to pick up more than a couple of ideas. Recommended for larger business and leadership collections.--Brian Walton, Tampa-Hillsborough P.L., FL

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