Sustainability Among Nonprofit Organizations
Sustainability is a popular topic among nonprofit organizations. What exactly is it? How is it achieved? Is it only about financial resiliency? Some argue not.
For those nonprofit organizations interested in exploring more deeply, here are a few resources:
- A small, but insightful book takes you on a journey to learn more deeply about those factors that are essential to real organizational sustainability. A copy of Focus on Sustainability by Dennis McMillian of The Foraker Group is available for those interested. Please contact Susan at 525-8863 or [email protected]
- Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint, has an article titled Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Boardís Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability. It is available at www.compasspoint.org or on the Learning Centerís webpage under Resources, Article/Book/DVDís.
Articles Worth Reading
In the spring of 2012, a group of graduate students from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington interviewed leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Area to determine how they were handling the challenges caused by the steep economic downturn beginning in 2008. The result is a summary of important insights into the resiliency of certain nonprofits that are determined to build resilient organizations that can adapt quickly to change.
Check out the article "Bright Spots - Leadership in the Pacific Northwest". The article is based on a six-month exploration by the Helicon Collaborative and describes the five characterisitics, Bright Spot Principles, shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to changing conditions.
Books Available at WWCC Library
The library at Walla Walla Community College has acquired the following books:
- Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burke
- Governance as Leadership; Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chalt et. al.
- Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
- Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
- Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
- Be Quiet and Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan and Peter Glaser
These books are housed at the WWCC library. They can be picked up at the Walla Walla campus or requested online and picked up at any of the WALNET Libraries. A WALNET library card is needed to check the materials out of the library. Seach for the above titles and their availabilty at http://www.wwcc.edu/lib or call 509.527.4294.
Books Worth Reading on Fundraising!!
Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully is a new book published by Susan Howlett, a national consultant to nonprofit organizations. For more information go to www.susanhowlett.com/htm/board_on_fire.html.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder (1998). On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.
Remember the Glasers!
Re-visit the wisdom of Drs. Susan and Peter Glaser, PhD Communications, through an intergrated, 3-part video learning system titled "Mastery of Leadership Communication".
The DVD set includes:
- Breakthrough Conflict
- Hardwiring Teamwork
- Persuasion and Influence
These DVD's will enable nonprofit organizations to teach their staff the Glaser's communication models, which have been featured at several Sherwood Trust workshops at Whitman College.
The DVD's are available for no cost and can be checked out by contacting Walla Walla Council Camp Fire office (525-3180) at 414 S. Park Street.