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New Book: The Future of Nonprofits


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My colleagues David Neff and Randal C Moss have written a book called The Future of Nonprofits that launches next month.  As Zoetica colleague Geoff Livingston notes, writing a book is no small feat.  (I can agree on that one!)

So, a big congrats to David and Randal!

Their book provides recipes for nonprofit organizations to capitalize on internal innovation and predict future trends to remake and reshape their culture, structure, and staff.  The book offers lots of tips, advice, and frameworks to help nonprofit professionals transform their organizations in order to survive and thrive.   Here’s what is in the book:

  • Provides nonprofits with a comprehensive playbook on how to create a new, more flexible, innovative organization.
  • Provides nonprofits a look at the future of fundraising and communications trends into 2016.
  • Case studies highlight successes and failures.
  • Highlights the power and strength of Social Media.
  • Hightlights how to hire, train, manage and inspire “internal entrepreneurial” employees.
  • Features actionable advice on creating an organization that is primed to grow and thrive in the immediate and long-term future.

In the pre-launch at SXSW, they shared a wonderful graphic novel that outlines the themes of the book.   It reminded me of  Miriam Engelberg’s nonprofit comic books  from several years ago and  published by Compasspoint.  Miriam was a brilliant cartoon artist and did the daily 501-c3 planet comics on the Compasspoint site.   (Sadly, we lost Miriam to breast cancer in 2006, but she chronicled her fight in this graphic novel– and NTEN raised some scholarship money in her name).   It think  she would have been happy to see another nonprofit graphic novel!

I read a pre-publication draft and offered this endorsement:

“The creaky wheels of the nonprofit industry are about to get the grease they need! The Future of Nonprofits combines twenty-first century innovations (social media, alternative currencies, digital channels) with enduring success strategies of the best nonprofits (hiring killer talent, structuring smart). Moreover, David and Randal lay out a formula for organizational innovation–the Holy Grail of the nonprofit world. This is the playbook every nonprofit soldier needs to make it in the Digital Age.”

What are you waiting for?  Go order your copy now on Amazon.

8 Responses

  1. Hi Beth, sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing!
    Really a shame that the book is not available yet in Europe, have to be patient I guess ;-))..

  2. Hey Beth,
    You mean more to this nonprofit community that you will ever know. I along with hundreds of people have learned so much from you over the year. More than you will ever even know. : ) Thanks so much for your great words about our book and your endorsement.

  3. Beth says:

    David: Thanks for your kind words! Good luck with promoting your book. It’s a hard journey, but something tells me that you’ll enjoy it. I’m headed back into heads-down book writing mode – just signed a contract for book 2 on measurement and making data driven decisions for social change. My co-author is KD Paine! I’m looking forward to getting back into a regular thinking and writing routine soon.

    If you get a chance, check out the planet 501c3 comics – they were really funny. It’s great that your book is contributing to this genre!

  4. Randy says:

    Beth, this is amazing. Thank you so much for the book review. Indeed it was a transformational journey to get to the final product but it was worth it. We know that the ideas we put into the final product will make an impact on every organization that takes the time to buy a copy and read it.
    Thank You!!!

  5. Beth:

    Sounds well worth it and much-needed for the non-profit community! So many books out there and I only have a limited amount of time to read….appreciate the book review…and can hardly wait to get my hands on it!!
    Thanks for all you do…

  6. Hey Ruby!

    Thanks for the nice comments! Let us know how we can help and enjoy the book!


  7. […] I just recently finished reading The Future of Nonprofits by David Neff and Randal Moss and I highly recommend it. Next week, I’m presenting on the topic of “Technology and the Future of Nonprofits” to my fellow classmates in our graduate-level nonprofit class this semester. This book was incredibly helpful in providing relevant content for the lesson. You can view my presentation below (I recommend viewing it in full screen mode). Keep in mind that the presentation is relevant to my current graduate research and is only a limited view of the book. To get the full picture, purchase it yourself. Need more convincing? You can read Sage’s review here and Beth Kanter’s review here. […]

  8. […] Beth Kanter said of the book on 25 April 2011: […]

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