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Growing Pains, 5th Edition by Yvonne Randle, Eric G. Flamholtz

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Chapter 11Building Sustainably Successful Nonprofits

In the late 1990s, one of the authors (Yvonne Randle) made a presentation to the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) titled, “Business is NOT a bad word.” This title was chosen because our experience suggested that some nonprofit leadership teams believed (and some actually said), “We are not a business. We are a nonprofit, and that is different.” While it is true that nonprofits are somewhat different from their for-profit “cousins,” they are, in fact, “businesses” that compete for people and resources (dollars) and face similar challenges as they grow. They come in many forms—including membership-based organizations (such as the National Association of Women Business Owners, Young Presidents Organization, and Junior Chamber of Commerce), organizations that provide a specific service to a specific population at no or little cost (such as Head Start, Goodwill, and community-based food banks), foundations, organizations focused on education and community outreach, and school districts.

Throughout the book, we have provided brief examples of how our concepts can be applied to nonprofits. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a more comprehensive description of how the frameworks and tools presented in this book can be used by a nonprofit to manage growing pains and build a sustainably successful enterprise. The chapter will also explore and provide suggestions for effectively managing some ...

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