With business advice from an expert entrepreneur, learn how to identify and leverage the key factors that will bring sustainability and success to your startup.
Kathleen Kelly Janus, a lecturer at the Stanford University Program on Social Entrepreneurship and the founder of the successful social enterprise Spark, set out to investigate what makes a startup succeed or fail. She surveyed more than 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs and interviewed dozens of founders. Social Startup Success shares her findings for the legions of entrepreneurs working for social good, revealing how the best organizations get over the revenue hump. How do social ventures scale to over $2 million, Janus's clear benchmark for a social enterprise's sustainability?
Janus, tapping into strong connections to the Silicon Valley world where many of these ventures are started or and/or funded, reveals insights from key figures such as DonorsChoose founder Charles Best, charity:water's Scott Harrison, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code and many others. Social Startup Success will be social entrepreneurship's essential playbook; the first definitive guide to solving the problem of scale.
Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her forthcoming book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social entrepreneurs.
This is a depressing book. The "success" referred to in the title is pretty much all about bringing in money. "Making a difference" is a distant concern. Numerous examples reveal characters whose outfits haven't been proven to make anything better, but who succeed at fundraising because they tell a good story. Clearly, hard evidence of solving social problems is not at all necessary for raising money. So if your goal is to launch and scale up a nonprofit, what this book teaches is that you would be somewhat daft to waste your time on first helping people and documenting that rigorously. I give the author credit for not hiding this state of affairs and for at least suggesting that people should make a real difference, but ... celebrating selling sizzle sans steak is sad.
The general management tips are mainly OK but not news.
This feels like "Good to Great", only for nonprofits, both in its structure and in how compelling it can be at times. The language is clear and accessible and I ended up keeping a notepad next to me as I read so that I could jot down ideas that came to mind as I read. At the end of each chapter, there's a great synopsis of key questions/takeaways you should be thinking about. It would be great if there was also a clear listing of resources (books, websites) organized the same way, since she list so many helpful things inside the chapters. Overall, it's a great book for thinking clearly at a high level about each of the areas that are critical to the success of starting/growing a nonprofit, without oversimplifying the challenges too much. I'm going to recommend everyone at my nonprofit reads it.
After a SSIR review, I expected much more from this book. But what I found was quite a mediocre compilation of recent best practices on prototyping, fundraising, hiring, and pitching. If you've been following literature or blogs in these fields – you'll get little new. The language of the book is heavily spiced up with NGO and 'grant application language' cliches (make the world a better place / difference). Not recommended.
Social Startup Success focused on producing lasting solution to the world's worst problems from the social service perspective. In order to achieve such feat, social service organization need creative leadership and innovation. But in order to ensure the right fit, leadership position in these organization should fit the organization type rather than just a high profile leader. (read more on "lead right for your organization's type")
The book was based on over 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs and dozens of interviews of its founders. Social Startup Success shares her findings of entrepreneurs working for social good, revealing how the best organizations get over the revenue hump.
Overall, I rated the book at 4★. It is an inspiring book for those who look to established a social startup of their own and it is really helpful insight into how the best nonprofit organization function and self-sustained. . Read my full review and summary of the book from the link below :)
We started our NGO in Dec'20. We want to do something positive for the remote mountain village communities in Indian Himalayas. We had earlier hiked to these villages for the last 3 years and have done our bit in terms of livelihood, medicines, support, trail cleaning etc. However, we were looking to do something big and more impactful. With that in mind, we started our NGO in Dec'20.
While we had the intent, we had absolutely no idea on how to build such an organization. Social Startups are just like any other startups with a difference in the intent which initial capital would bring.
So, I turned to read all books about social startups. This was the first book I read. The book is a simple, detailed handbook (with examples) on how to scale your social startups. What to do and what not to do. The author brings examples and provides a practical step by step approach to the chapters.
Great read for any social entrepreneur. It offers a lot of insights on the challenges nonprofits face when starting and scaling up. The examples it provides are really interesting and varied. I would’ve liked to have more theory that could be applied to any nonprofit, but still, very useful information.
Excelente lectura para cualquier emprendedor social. Ofrece una gran cantidad de información sobre los desafíos a los que se enfrentan las organizaciones sin fines de lucro al iniciar y expandirse. Los ejemplos que proporciona son muy interesantes y variados. Me hubiera gustado tener más teoría general que podría aplicarse a cualquier organización sin fines de lucro, pero aún así, muy útil.
📚: Finished reading "Social Startup Success" by Kathleen Kelly Janus. As a co-founder of her own non-profit ( Spark), Janus surveys various leaders in the social impact space, learning their best practices for starting, sustaining, and scaling their organizations. A great overview of the specific challenges and objectives that face nonprofits. I would rec for anyone in the nonprofit sector or looking to transition, how to grow as a leader or measure impact, or interested in founding their own social impact venture. So basically, I would recommend to everyone! #instabookreview ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5️⃣
This book is written in an easy to follow way for anyone interested in the topic. I adresses many of the key areas where social entrepreneurs need to put some effort in order to avoid topical traps and rip the required benefits. Never marries with one solution and offer a number of alternatives of courses developing some over others. It provides examples only to illustrate and not as the only source of the book. The best book of social entrepreneurship I have read so far
Helpful non-profit leadership book. However, knocked off one star because some of the practices described in case studies were presented as value neutral when in fact they raise flags from an equity point of view (for example, making prospective hires do assignments; promoting collaborative leadership without discussing if/how pay is equitable, assuming that scaling is inherently good). If you read with this grain of salt I still think it’s well worth it.
This book focuses on analyzing research about how midsize non-profits become huge non-profits. One of the main observations is that applying the scientific method can lead to success in gaining financial support, but doing this requires data and humility. The case studies included were interesting.
This book does not explain how to start a new non-profit.
The book cover says “how the best Nonprofits launch, scale up and make a difference” but the content inside really doesn't tell that much. More 100 example doesn’t work because it’s only briefly and make bemused instead.
Fabulous book ! Very substantive - a must for all non-profit boards and executive teams. Signifiant ideas and info on managing and leading a not for profit organization - and actually a for profit as well.