Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits Are Messy
Nonprofit leadership is messy Nonprofits leaders are optimistic by nature. They believe with time, energy, smarts, strategy and sheer will, they can change the world. But as staff or board leader, you know nonprofits present unique challenges. Too many cooks, not enough money, an abundance of passion. It's enough to make you feel overwhelmed and alone. The people you help need you to be successful. But there are so many obstacles: a micromanaging board that doesn't understand its true role; insufficient fundraising and donors who make unreasonable demands; unclear and inconsistent messaging and marketing; a leader who's a star in her sector but a difficult boss... And yet, many nonprofits do thrive. Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership will show you how to do just that. Funny, honest, intensely actionable, and based on her decades of experience, this is the book Joan Garry wishes she had when she led GLAAD out of a financial crisis in 1997. Joan will teach you how to: Build a powerhouse board Create an impressive and sustainable fundraising program Become seen as a 'workplace of choice' Be a compelling public face of your nonprofit This book will renew your passion for your mission and organization, and help you make a bigger difference in the world.
From the Back Cover PRAISE FOR JOAN GARRY'S GUIDE TO NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP When Joan Garry says messy, she really means messy! This book pulls no punches! It's a tell-all expose of the 501c-3 underbelly, a guide from the inside for anyone involved, or thinking of becoming involved, with a non-profit organization. What's a bigger surprise though, is the wit and heart and passion on every page, and the spirit of kindness that comes from someone truly passing on wisdom. --ALAN CUMMING , Celebrity I have had the pleasure of working with the incomparable Joan Garry on NBC's GIVE , a show that highlights small non-for-profits doing big work. Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership , like Joan herself, uses irreverence and approachability to shake things up in the non-for-profit world. There is no voice in the world of philanthropy today, I would rather listen to than Joan. --JENNA BUSH HAGER , NBC's Today/GIVE Joan's unique and engaging perspective is honed from years of working with non-profits, and that expertise comes through loud and clear in her new book. Her insights on how to harness the passion of thousands of committed leaders, staff, volunteers, and board members should be required reading for anyone tasked with--or considering--a leadership role in a non-profit today. --JIM CLARK , President of the Boys and Girls Club of America Joan Garry is the Dear Abby of the nonprofit sector, dispensing practical and brilliant advice to nonprofits with her trademark humor. Her book is a must-read for every nonprofit executive (and their board members) who want to harness their super powers to change the world and become a high performing organization. --BETH KANTER , Trainer and Author, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout
From the front Cover You are a nonprofit leader--a board or committee chair, an executive director, senior staff--or perhaps you aspire to work in a nonprofit. You raised your hand to help change at least a small part of the world. And for this, our society is grateful. But when you started, did you have any idea what you were getting into? No? Well, neither did Joan Garry. In 1997, Garry became the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest national gay rights organizations in the United States. She had left behind a successful career in the media business, one that began with a role on the MTV launch team, but her experience hadn't prepared her for her new path. Garry, who had zero fundraising experience, arrived to find out that GLAAD was broke. In her eight-year tenure as executive director, Garry led GLAAD from messy to thriving . The organization had become stable, effective, and most importantly, impactful . Garry has played every position on the nonprofit field, from a client to a donor to an executive director to a board member, and now, a consultant and educator. She brings her vast experience and perspective to this nonprofit leadership book, making it a resource like no other. Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership is written for both staff and board leadership. Garry's own experiences, combined with her work with hundreds of clients, lead her to a conviction that it is shared leadership --in which board and staff work in true partnership--that separates good nonprofits from great ones. Garry's philosophy is unique. She embraces the reality that nonprofits are hardwired to be messy. There are too many cooks, too few resources, and an abundance of passion that can color decision making and priorities. And so, leading and managing a nonprofit requires a special set of skills and a deep commitment to the mission of your organization. And yes, Garry is very funny. With terrific storytelling and her distinct voice, Garry offers a first-hand view into the life of a nonprofit leader--along with the keys to building a thriving nonprofit with authenticity, sharing the lessons learned through both her successes and failures. Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership is filled with actionable advice you can put into practice right away. It is the book you can share with your board chair, buy for your new executive director or head of school, or read together as part of an offsite event. It's a must-read for new board leadership. This is much more than a how-to book. It is a book written by an author who knows what is at stake and knows what a privilege it is to be a leader in making a difference. Garry is a champion and an advocate for your success and this book will rekindle the joy that comes with raising your hand to repair the world in ways large and small.