Building Hope tells, from the trenches, what it's like to lead and manage a nonprofit agency. It's filled with insights, tips, lessons learned, and poignant stories, all designed to help nonprofit leaders become even better at their jobs, as well as to inform the general public about the complexities of running a nonprofit agency in today's post 9/11, post-Katrina world.
John gives an overview of the book:
In the nonprofit sector, salaries may be low, however everything else—especially job satisfaction—tends to be high. The workplace is filled with people who are compassionate, loving, connected, upbeat, committed, interesting, and generous. Few are there for the money; in fact, many are volunteers. Equally important, every nonprofit job is directly or closely related to helping someone in a tangible way. You’re not making or selling products that people don’t need. You’re not managing accounts or inventories for the primary purpose of seeing them grow. You’re not moving information around, or trying to increase demand for your services, or worrying about what your competitors are doing. You’re just trying to make a small, meaningful difference in the lives of a few people you start out not knowing anything about and oftentimes come to care a great deal for.
John Bateson has 30 years of executive leadership in nonprofit organizations. His previous book, "Building Hope: Leadership in the Nonprofit World," is required reading in various courses on nonprofit management and is found in many foundation center libraries. His latest...