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Exposing the Elephants: Creating Exceptional Nonprofits
Author: Pamela J. Wilcox
ISBN Number: 9780471792215
Publish Date: August 11, 2006
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition
Providing an insider's look into the need for change, Exposing the Elephants: Creating Exceptional Nonprofits gives an eye-opening assessment of the state of the nonprofit sector today, as well as practical and useful recommendations for real change from within.
Written by nonprofit authority Pamela Wilcox, Exposing the Elephants is straightforward in tone and brims with optimism for the future of the nonprofit industry. This stirring guide confronts the brutal facts of daily existence in the nonprofit setting, and equips you with a new and pragmatic framework to propel your organization to embrace innovation, new venture risk, and lasting mission achievements.
Required reading for nonprofit managers, board members, and volunteers, Exposing the Elephants takes an honest look at the fundamental obstacles facing the nonprofit sector, with topics including:
- The Wide Reach of Nonprofits
- The Role of Nonprofits
- Myths That Surround Nonprofits
- Rating Nonprofit Performance
- The Five Elephants of the Nonprofit Industry
- "Live Lessons" and "At the Salt Mines"—mini- dramas demonstrating the challenging situations that arise within a nonprofit—and the tools and techniques to bring about real change
Divided into three parts, Part I of Exposing the Elephants introduces the nonprofit industry and explores the public perception of nonprofits. Part II tackles the "what" and "why" of the five nonprofit "elephants," with each elephant representing an uncomfortable truth that volunteer and staff leaders recognize, but refuse to acknowledge. Finally, Part III explores the revolutionary ideas and practices—elephant solutions—that can tame and transform unruly pachyderms into well-behaved friends. Successful tools and techniques are sprinkled throughout the chapters.
Holding old mindsets and dogmas up to the light of day, this insightful book uniquely shows you how to get your nonprofit to go beyond "business as usual" with practical, workable solutions harvested from openly examining cultural standards and organizational performance in a fresh new perspective. Exposing the Elephants will reignite your vision and passion for your nonprofit, taking it from "stuck" to exceptional.