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What makes great nonprofits great?
Not large budgets. Not snazzy marketing. Not perfect management. The answer is not what you might think.

Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant spent four years surveying thousands of nonprofit CEOs, conducting hundreds of interviews, and studying 12 high-impact nonprofits to uncover their secrets to success. Their quest took them to the well-known (Habitat for Humanity), to the less-well-known (Self-Help) and to the unexpected (The Exploratorium). What the authors discovered surprised them, and is revealed in the original best-selling edition of Forces for Good published in 2007.

The authors have since written a Revised and Updated Edition of Forces for Good (Wiley 2012), which contains new chapters that explore how the original 12 great nonprofits have thrived during tumultuous times, and how local and smaller organizations can apply the "six practices" to achieve greater impact in their own local communities.

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, a philanthropist, a business executive, a donor, a volunteer, a board member—or simply interested in learning how to be a force for good—you’ll find something that inspires you to be an even more effective catalyst for lasting social change.

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book

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)
"Local Forces for Good"

Chronicle of Philanthropy
"Seizing a Crisis: How Great Nonprofits Grew Amid the Economy's Challenges"

FSG DoGoodBetter Blog
Donors that Do More Than Give
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Monitor Institute Blog
Working Wikily
Monitor Institute

Fortune / CNN
"What does it take for philanthropy to deliver results?"
read the article

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