Discover the Core Practices of Innovation in ‘The Responsive Nonprofit’

I’m thrilled to announce that my latest book, The Responsive Nonprofit, is officially on sale today! 

I’ve spent the last decade working with some of the world’s most innovative nonprofits. And through that work, I’ve learned the most common practices that drive nonprofit innovation and growth across fundraising, program, marketing, and operations teams.

The World Has Changed

As you know, the world around us is changing at an accelerating rate. As nonprofit leaders, it can sometimes feel like the field we’re playing on is constantly shifting under our feet. We are required to redefine our approach and pivot our strategy in order to drive giving and impact.

I think the author Adam Grant described it best when he said, “Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn”

In The Responsive Nonprofit, I share eight core practices designed to transform how your nonprofit innovates quickly and drives impact in today’s ever-changing world. 

I believe that nonprofits are now able to solve age-old problems in new and creative ways. The reality is that many of the principles I cover in the book aren’t new. And, unfortunately, there’s no single silver bullet for innovation. Your journey toward innovation won’t be easy, but with the right approach, innovation and growth are possible. 

My new book presents a battle-tested playbook for innovation based on for-profit practices and proven strategies from leading nonprofit innovators. Each practice includes case studies from nonprofit leaders and practical takeaways to help you put your ideas into action. 

The Eight Core Practices of Innovation

The eight core practices of innovation I discuss in the book are:

  1. Human-Centered Design: How building empathy with your donors and community can accelerate giving and impact.
  2. Dismantling Team Silos and Increasing Transparency: How increased team collaboration and shared data insights can save time and help you discover opportunities to increase growth.
  3. The Agile Methodology: How working in two-week sprints and prototyping ideas can de-risk innovation and help your organization quickly pivot based on real data and community feedback.
  4. Metrics and Goal Setting: How aligning your team to common shared goals can create clarity, improve results, and empower team creativity.
  5. Change Management: How effectively navigating the people and process challenges associated with change can be your secret weapon for growth.
  6. Building a Culture of Innovation: How empowering your team, encouraging transparency, and focusing on a bottom-up approach to leadership can help you attract and retain the most innovative talent.
  7. Storytelling and Community: How activating ambassadors for your cause can exponentially increase your team’s ability to move quickly and accelerate new ideas.
  8. Generosity Operations: How a new kind of nonprofit team can help foster innovation, surface data insights, and be a catalyst for growth within your organization.

The tactics and mindsets associated with these eight practices have the ability to transform your nonprofit into an innovative juggernaut capable of producing outsized generosity and impact.

Change is Possible

At the end of the day, the practices in this book are designed to help leaders like you focus more on doing what you do best—changing the world through generosity.

The good news is that change is possible. More than ever, the world needs the work that you are doing. Creating this new reality for nonprofits requires the courage to fight the status quo and adopt the necessary practices for world-changing innovation.

Get your copy of the book today and start building toward a more responsive and innovative future.

What you should do now

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