Anyone working in the nonprofit sector, including board members, should
be aware of two recently published resources that upturn conventional
thinking about nonprofits.
1. Jim Collins published A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great:
Why Business Thinking is not the Answer, Good to Great and the Social
Sectors. Business people and nonprofit executives who are familiar with
Collinsí book Good to Great will benefit from Collinsí
understanding of the differences between the business sector and the
social sector. This book is the answer to those who say that
nonprofits should become "more like a business."
Think again, says Jim.
2. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, in conjunction
with community partners, published a study that reveals a stunning
statistic. By 2007, 85% of nonprofit executives plan to leave
their current positions, with many of those executives heading for
retirement. The ramifications for the nonprofit sector are
Long-tenured Executive Directors and Founders who have kept their nonprofits alive with sheer force of will
coupled with long hours will step down. The next
generation is fewer in number, leaving the survival of many nonprofits
to view the reportís executive summary, which is reprinted with
permission from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.