Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

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An “inspired and inspiring” look into what makes great non-profits great.  The authors spent four years surveying thousands of nonprofits, ranging from Habitat to Humanity to Self-Help, and in their journey they conducted hundreds of interviews and shadowed the CEOs of these organizations.  The book centers on twelve ‘high-impact‘ non-profits, and reveals 6 powerful practices that they all share. Their stories reveal that most successful  organizations spend just as much time “working outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations”.  By finding creatives ways to go outside the box and enlist the help of others, these organizations, in the process, also engage these other organizations in a common cause of social change. By working with and through organizations and individuals outside of themselves, high-impact nonprofits can reach more and more people; the two authors do a great job of backing up this point through their research in this well written book.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US.   Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry.  She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves.  An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.