As we close out 2011 and look to the coming year, it's a great time to stop and assess the everyday operations of your nonprofit. Are your policies up to date? Has your employee manual been revised to include recent legislative changes? Is it time to reconsider your program model? Start off your new year with a fresh perspective by exploring these new books in our collection. Titles marked with an * below are available for checkout.
*Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles, by John Brothers and Anne Sherman (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2011)
Intended for nonprofit executives and board members, this book is intended to help leaders understand and utilize the concept of lifecycles to effectively manage the process of change within an organization. Chapters examine the five lifecycle phases (start-up, growth, maturity, decline, turnaround) and include interviews with experts in the field as well as case studies.
*The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources: Managing Your Employees and Volunteers, by Jan Masaoka (Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 2011)
This guide covers all aspects of human resources management and provides a legal context for most HR decisions. Chapters cover recruiting and hiring staff, salaries and benefits, performance reviews, supervision and team leadership, termination and layoffs, volunteers, contractors (including a sample contract agreement), the board's role, unions, creating a safe workplace, and office policies. Includes tips from experts and real-life examples.
You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community, by Norman Olshansky and Linda Lysakowski (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: CharityChannel Press, 2011)
Written for the new or less-experienced nonprofit professional, this collection of articles from the online CharityChannel community provides a basic review of nonprofit governance, management, and fundraising. Authors provide practical guidance on topics such as boards, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment and training, program evaluation, soliciting gifts, grant writing, and technology.
*The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results, by Lisa Wyatt Knowlton and Cynthia C. Phillips (Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 2009)
This guidebook provides a basic understanding of how to create and use logic models for program design, planning, managing, communication, and evaluation. For nonprofit organizations, logic models can be a useful way of developing a visual representation of a project, its outcomes, and the methods used to attain those objectives. For any organization developing a new program or seeking to improve their evaluation process, this guide is a must. The text is supplemented by case studies and examples of program logic models used in government agencies and nonprofits.
The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success, edited by Tracy Daniel Connors (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2011)
This handbook covers all aspects of the management of volunteer programs, including organizational/operational assessment and planning, strategic deployment and implementation, training, communications and staff relations, and program evaluation. Includes sample worksheets and policies, and additional resources are provided online.
To look for additional books, articles, and online resources to help with the everyday operations of your nonprofit, you can search our Catalog of Nonprofit Literature for the subjects Nonprofit organizations--management or Nonprofit organizations--administration. Want to be notified when new books and articles are added to our collection? Subscribe to our new acquisitions RSS feed for the latest updates.
Stephen Sherman, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center-Atlanta