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Why nonprofits fail : overcoming founder's syndrome, fundphobia, and other obstacles to success
Block, Stephen R.
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First edition.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

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xviii, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Preventing failure, ensuring success -- The need for alternative tools -- The framework and the steps -- First-order and second-order approaches to change -- Recruitment disorientation -- Cultural depression in nonprofit organizations -- Political performance -- Role confusion -- Financial misfortune -- Fundphobia -- Founder's syndrome.
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HD62.6 .B586 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Why Nonprofits Fail, author and nonprofit expert Stephen Block explains that many well-intentioned leaders hold on to views of their nonprofit organizations that perpetuate problems rather than help fix them. According to Block, the first step to success is to challenge one's own personal paradigms and ideas and be open to unique and alternative approaches to solving problems. This much-needed book helps nonprofits get back on track and offers advice about the seven most common stumbling blocks, including: Founder's syndrome Fundphobia Financial misfortune Recruitment disorientation Cultural depression in nonprofit organizations Self-serving political performance Role confusion between the board and executive director

Author Notes

Stephen R. Block is the founding executive director of Denver Options, Inc., a nonprofit organization that manages the developmental disabilities service delivery system of care in Denver. He is the director of the Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Colorado at Denver's Graduate School of Public Affairs

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Authorp. xvii
Part I Charting a New Path to Success
1. Preventing Failure, Ensuring Successp. 3
2. The Need for Alternative Toolsp. 13
3. The Framework and the Stepsp. 21
4. First-Order and Second-Order Approaches to Changep. 27
Part II Seven Tough Problems and How to Solve Them
5. Recruitment Disorientationp. 41
6. Cultural Depression in Nonprofit Organizationsp. 59
7. Political Performancep. 73
8. Role Confusionp. 91
9. Financial Misfortunep. 107
10. Fundphobiap. 121
11. Founder's Syndromep. 135
Conclusion: Managing Nonprofit Organizational Changep. 155
Resource A A Review of Organizational Behavior Theoriesp. 161
Resource B Recommended Readingp. 179
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 185