Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

In reading about how my friends at the Prison Entrepreneurship Program won the Rising Star award from, I also uncovered a powerful article by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod entitled:

The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.

The article is an excerpt from the book Forces for Good, in which the authors present their take on what makes a nonprofit effective. This book is based on "three years studying 12 of the most successful nonprofits in recent U.S. history."

We learned that great social sector organizations do these six things:
1. Advocate and serve.
2. Make markets work.
3. Inspire evangelists.
4. Nurture nonprofit networks.
5. Master the art of adaptation.
6. Share leadership.
Want to learn more about these practices? Read the full article here. Or, take the plunge and but the book here.

For those of you in Dallas, this book might get added to the schedule of the 2008 Urban Engagement Book Club:

My friends at PEP are practicing these six things extremely well. Want to learn more? Watch this video: