Announcing the 2015 Terry McAdam Book Award Winner:
The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions
by Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman
Patty Oertel, Chair of the 2015 Terry McAdam Committee, describes Bell and Zimmerman’s book as “a step by step guide for nonprofit managers, board members and consultants to articulate the services and activities core to their mission, understand their financial picture and develop strategies to achieve sustainability.
All concerned with the nonprofit sector want organizations to be sustainable. We now have an inspiring tool to honestly decipher what is important, possible and necessary to achieve mission and financial health.”
Jeanne will be presenting a workshop at the conference on October 8, “Leadership Transition: Rethinking the Opportunity for Positive Change.
The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative and Capitalism
by Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley.
About Terry McAdam
Terry W. McAdam devoted his professional life to improving the nonprofit management field and urged those of us in the capacity building field to write about our experiences because he considered our voices insightful and important to improving the sector.
Terry died in 1986 at the age of 44.
At that time he was the executive vice president and program director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles. Before joining the foundation in 1983, Terry was vice president of the New York Community Trust where he helped to develop a variety of innovative grant programs for the trust. He was also an author himself – Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (1986). With Judith Scherer, he wrote Technical Assistance in New York City: a Preliminary Examination of the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Process in New York City in 1977.
About the Book Award
The Nonprofit Management Association (NMA) established the in 1987 to commemorate the work of its inspirational colleague and board member, Terry McAdam. When the Nonprofit Management Association and the Support Centers of America came together to form the Alliance for Nonprofit Management in 1998, the Alliance took responsibility for continuing this important award.
2015 marks the 27th anniversary of presenting this award. The first Terry McAdam Book Award was given in 1989 to Michael Seltzer for his book Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies.
Each year, the Alliance forms a diverse Award Committee, which seeks nominations for the most inspirational and useful new book published which makes a substantial contribution to nonprofit management. Through the Terry McAdam Book Award, thousands of technical assistance providers, and hundreds of thousands of nonprofit staff and board members, benefit from the very best thinking and ideas in nonprofit management and governance.
For a book to be considered, it must:
- specially address issues of nonprofit management, management consultancy, or advancement of the 501(c)3 nonprofit sector;
- be a first edition published in the current year or one year prior;
- be actively marketed to the national nonprofit community or a specific nonprofit community;
- be printed (pdf files or other electronic versions will not be accepted).
Books are assessed based on the following attributes:
- Inspiring – The book helps the reader look at an issue related to nonprofit management with new insights.
- Useful/Applicable – The book contains some concepts and/or new thoughts that can be applied directly to day-to-day nonprofit work. It has the potential to be a classic in the sector.
- Readable – The book is neither too advanced nor too basic for the average nonprofit manager and it is written in an engaging style.
- Applicable Across the Sector – The book is of interest to a wide portion of the nonprofit sector, being useful to directors, managers, funders, consultants, and academics in several fields (e.g., art, culture, human services, environment, advocacy, health, etc.)
The award will be presented at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management National Conference, in Portland, OR, October 6-8 2015.
McAdam Award finalists have been invited to host interactive dialogues with conference participants to explore key concepts in their books. These dynamic sessions will culminate in the announcement of the winning publication and author at an afternoon reception. Academic textbooks, books authored by Alliance for Nonprofit Management Board members and books authored by McAdam Book Award Committee members are not eligible and will not be considered.
McAdam Award Committee
The Alliance forms a diverse Award Committee, which seeks nominations for the most inspirational and useful new book published which makes a substantial contribution to nonprofit management.
2015 Committee Chair
|Patty Oertel, President, the Oertel Group, California|
Jean Butzen, President, Mission+Strategy Consulting, Illinois
Mike Corbin, Capacity Building Director, National Network for Arab American Communities, Michigan.
Russ Finkelstein, Managing Director, Clearly Next and an ongoing consultant/ partner to the Schusterman Foundation, New Organizing Institute and the Talent Philanthropy Project, Oregon
Allyson Goldhagen, Member Services Manager, Philanthropy New York
Anne Green, Managing Director, Griffin Green Consulting, Connecticut
Terry Horton, Senior Program Advisor, The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Michael Leibman, Leibman Associates, Inc. (LAI) and Licensed Consultant, Maryland NonProfits’ Standards of Excellence Institute, Maryland
Lynne A. Molnar, Molnar Consulting, Greater New York Area
Victoria Thurlow, Principal, Thurlow Associates, California
Mike Walsh, Vice President, The Foraker Group, Alaska
|1989||Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies by Michael Seltzer|
|1990||The Third America by Michael O’Neill|
|1991||Strategic Media by Phil Sparks and Cathy Bonk|
|1993||Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World by John Bryson and Barbara C. Crosby|
|1994||Strategic Philanthropy in the 1990’s by Diane Gingold|
|1995||Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-For-Profit in the 21st Century by Peter C. Brinckerhoff|
|1996||Reengineering Your Nonprofit Organization: A Guide to Strategic Transformation by Alceste T. Pappas|
|1997||Financial Empowerment: More Money for More Mission by Peter C. Brinckerhoff|
|Honorable Mention: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye|
|1998||Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances: A Strategic Planning Guide by Thomas A. McLaughlin|
|1999||Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Policies and Practices by Jo Ann Hankin, Alan G. Seidner and John T. Zietlow|
|2000||Resolving Conflict in Nonprofit Organizations: The Leaders’ Guide to Finding Constructive Solutions by Marion Peters Angelica|
|2001||Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success: The Guide to Strategy and Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by Kevin P. Kearns|
|2002||Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity by Susan Kenny Stevens|
|Honorable Mention: Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors by Diana S. Newman|
|Honorable Mention: Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations by Russell Matthew Linden|
|2003||Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results by Bernard Ross, Clare Segal|
|Honorable Mention: Bookkeeping Basics: What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know by Debra L. Ruegg|
|2004||Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All by Robert Egger|
|Honorable Mention: Fundraising in Times of Crisis by Kim Klein|
|Honorable Mention: The Best of the Board Cafe: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards by Jan Masaoka|
|2005||The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life by William H. Shore|
|Honorable Mention: Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chait|
|Honorable Mention: Play to Win: The Nonprofit Guide to Competitive Strategy by David La Piana|
|2007||Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age by Allison H. Fine|
|Honorable Mention: Community Leadership Handbook: Framing Ideas, Building Relationships, and Mobilizing Resources by James F. Krile|
|2008||Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit by Peter C. Brinkerhoff|
|Honorable Mention: Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant|
|2009||Chief Executive Transitions: How to Hire and Support a Nonprofit CEO by Don Tebbe|
|2010||Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times by Kim Klein|
|Honorable Mention: The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Allison Fine and Beth Kantor|
|2011||Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now by Margaret Wheatley|
|2012||Giving Back: A Tribute To Generations of African American Philanthropists by Valaida Fullwood with photography by Charles W. Thomas Jr.|
|2013||Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine|
|2014||Content Marketing for Nonprofits by Kivi Leroux Miller|