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Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices

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An impressive bestseller and highly praised guide with clear and knowledgeable advice on the tasks, responsibilities, and practices non-profit organizations need to follow for effective management.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 3rd 1992 by HarperBusiness (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jan 30, 2011 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Priests, non-profit managers, library students
Recommended to Michael by: Guy Robertson
This is a very useful book for people with little training in management, which is often the case for leaders in the non-profit sector. Drucker is typical of the "motivational"-type writer one encounters in the business world, and he is very good at providing advice and answers where they are needed. He is not especially scientific in his approach - most of the "evidence" in this book is purely anecdotal - but relied upon the type of "common sense" that has, in fact, proved more successful than ...more
Amy Christine Lesher
When the book was first published in 1990 and hasn't been updated in all this time there are problems. I finally had to stop reading during the interview with the then head of the American Heart Association. They were talking about having people go door - to - door for donations. The references to Sears, GM the Japanese are all out of date. Yes, there are some lessons to learn from some of these businesses, but things have changed drastically.

Also, instead of starting a book with your nonprofit
Jeff Mcneill
May 09, 2009 Jeff Mcneill rated it it was amazing
Drucker is fond of saying that Nonprofits need more management. He is also quite clear that they need in some ways a different kind of management, or management focused on different kinds of goals. This is an excellent book and includes articles from other authors from various types of Nonprofits. Drucker spent some time on this area and became involved with various nonprofits in advisory roles. This is not business management shoehorned into nonprofit shoes.
Vincent Chough
Dec 27, 2011 Vincent Chough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drucker is a management master. This book is full of his wisdom as well as the wisdom and experience of other giants in the field (pastors, president of Girl Scouts, etc...). The most important message - that so many do NOT seem to get - is that a manager/director is a servant. I read this at least three times. Great book.
Pam Smith
Peter Drucker is acknowledged father of nonprofit management. The man is a legend and the insights in this book are why. Should be required reading for all those looking to work in a social service or advocacy organization. Frankly it's a must read for anyone in the nonprofit sector.
May 08, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
A good book to read for anybody in the nonprofit sector, no matter where you place in the chain of command. Great advice on maintaining donor relationships, cultivating a staff ad board of directors, managing volunteers, and more.
Apr 29, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Love it!!!
د.نادر الملاح
Dec 15, 2015 د.نادر الملاح rated it it was amazing
In simple words: a great book for people concerned about management of NGOs.
Alex McLean
Oct 21, 2016 Alex McLean rated it liked it
It's a great book. Peter Drucker said that the hardest job in the country is being the Presidennt of the United States, and the second hardest was be a clergy person.
Alwaleed Helmi
Extremely outdated that's why I had a hard time finishing this book. It would've been a lot more useful if there was an updated edition.
Kyle Farris
Jan 16, 2017 Kyle Farris rated it really liked it
This was my first Drucker read, and he certainly lived up to the hype. I found the book to be an insightful, enjoyable read.
Alan Mills
Jan 31, 2015 Alan Mills rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As I read Peter Drucker's book, I kept a yellow legal pad and blue gel pen by my side. By the time I had finished, I had six pages of notes. Only knew of those notes was about the book. All the others were about the non-profit where I am the Executive Dorector, the Uptown People's Law Center.

Like many "business management" books, Drucker's is not packed full of brand new ideas or magic solutions to problems. To the contrary, much of what he says seems like common sense (or at least it seems tha
John  Edgar Mihelic
I have been working on my MBA, based on the nonprofit management track. The class I was taking on board management was not really challenging me, so I looked for something that might be applicable for the class as a supplement to what we were reading (the book for that class wasn’t bad, it was just that I had already read it).

So I came across this. Drucker is a name in management, and that he had written on nonprofits was reason enough to grab it up and see what made him a name.

Overall, I was n
Kim Do
Nov 22, 2012 Kim Do rated it liked it
“Managing the non-profit organization,” is a helpful read for those who are new with managing the non-profit sector and desire to grasp a general idea of how to do their job. Aiming towards an audience with little management background, Peter Drucker applies deductive reasoning to shed light on what non-profit managers should do and why they should do so.

“Managing the non-profit organization” is the book that demolishes any narrow definition of management. It focuses on how charitable managers
Sep 03, 2009 Mayee rated it liked it
Having just started a small foundation, I found this book at the bookstore shelves and knowing how my friend loved Drucker, I picked it up to have a read, hoping it would help cast some insight on the foundation's teething issues. Over the years, working in the school, I've become a little familiar with management/organisation literature, and in my opinion, this book constituted light reading. Divided into sections dealing with the usual aspects of managing a non-profit institution (i.e. mission ...more
Roger Lohmann
Dec 17, 2012 Roger Lohmann rated it liked it
Shelves: third-sector
Written early in the history of the emergent field of nonprofit management. This book was first published in 1990 and reissued in a variety of subsequent editions; Nonprofit Management and Leadership began publication the year before and the Jossey-Bass Handbook came four years later. It is still worth a read for anyone working in or interested in this field. Whatever else you want to say, Drucker was very insightful about a lot of things and is probably more responsible than any other single in ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Tara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this one for a class and that is the only reason I'd ever pick this one up. I'm not a huge fan of reading "textbooks" (this is not technically a textbook), but this one was just...I can't even find a word for it. First, this book was originally published almost 30 years ago. Yes, some things do not change in business, but I just felt it to be very outdated. I did not get the sense that it has ever been revised, only reprinted. Second, it was just a hard read. Not technically hard, ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Bridg8 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone managing or supervising within a non-profit
This is one of the best books about managing non-profit organizations. Drucker's book was on the reading list for the Historical Administration class I took in graduate school. I have used the principles not only in non-profit jobs I have had, but also in volunteer groups I have been a part of. Some of the ideas can be easily adapted to for-profit companies. I have recommended this book to my colleagues and friends on numerous occasions.
Drew Weatherton
Sep 11, 2013 Drew Weatherton rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this which was done in an interview format (ISBN 1559945524). It was great to finally hear Peter Drucker, and the see how he responded to a variety of questions. The overarching topic may have been Non-Profit Organizations, but the information often applied broadly to any organization. I really enjoyed it, though the sound quality was not great.
Evan Knight
Feb 18, 2012 Evan Knight rated it really liked it
Things I learned
Non profits fizzel out because of lack of innovation. (Doing Great with the ideas)
Non profits don't ask as much from their people because they are not being paid (ask you can say no)
Non profits worry about the rules to much and don't worry about the purpose enough (don't get caught up in the bylaws)
Mar 28, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
This is a very good book. Drucker argues that the basic principles of nonprofit management are the same principles that for-profit companies need to use to remain profitable. A good companion piece to Good to Great, Drucker also argues for a vision and mission, get good at one or two things and focus relentlessly on excellence.
Drucker makes an impressive and relevant application of his leadership principles to the NFP enterprise in this groundbreaking work on leadership in social enterprise. This is an essential read and resource for all non-profit leaders, and it will remain close at hand for my own reference since so much of it is applicable to the daily demands of NFP leadership.
Sep 04, 2009 Jill is currently reading it
My boss let me buy this book with the 'company credit card'. Could be that she feels my management skills are a little lack-luster, could be that she thinks my crisis management nerd style is just what she needs to make this place run more effectively? Doesn't matter. I suppose it doesn't matter, because I'm learning a lot and am really enjoying getting paid to read it.
Jun 11, 2014 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The interview with Frances Hesselbein of the Girl Scouts was really interesting. To see the careful planning that went into expanding services to even more girls across America is enlightening - recognizing constituencies and opportunities to serve in order to innovate.

Aug 18, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is considered a classic among non-profit professionals for a reason. It is easy to read and easy to understand. Drucker offers simple but sensible techniques for being an effective non-profit manager.
Jan 25, 2008 Martha rated it liked it
Currently reading this one, although its a classic in many schools of thought. I'm enjoying it so far and finding many references to our MC Leadership Classes...there's a Max Dupree interview in Ch. 1! Hopefully this book will be helpful as we move forward with Troy Community Works!
Oct 06, 2010 Clarice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far a pretty informative book, probably one I'll keep past my college days...I like the way the book was written with interviews in each chapter, and a summary at the end of each chapter, very useful info for anyone interested in the non profit sector.
Nov 01, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it
Great compact tips (Audible version = interview) from the master organization guru himself. There are decades of insight and modest commenting on important topics. I'll refer back to this for the tried-and-true stuff when I need it.
Mohammed Belyamani
May 05, 2013 Mohammed Belyamani rated it really liked it
series of interviews and interventions... applied challenges for the non profit organizations. What is the strategy, the customer (a lot of insight here), the management, the intelligences of the non profit organizations...
Ahmad Abugosh
Jul 06, 2012 Ahmad Abugosh rated it really liked it
A great book for those working in the non-profit industry. I particular found "the things to avoid" portion very useful, as Drucker is very practical when talking about the issues. I found the interview chapters a bit boring though.
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Peter Ferdinand Drucker was a writer, management consultant and university professor. His writing focused on management-related literature. Peter Drucker made famous the term knowledge worker and is thought to have unknowingly ushered in the knowledge economy, which effectively challenges Karl Marx's world-view of the political economy. George Orwell credits Peter Drucker as one of the only writer ...more
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