Forces for Good

Forces for Good, The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits

Anyone who is interested in creating social change—or in the nonprofit sector more broadly—should read, Forces for Good, The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits.  While there’s something for anyone who cares about social impact, our findings have critical implications for:

  • Nonprofit managers and leaders: If you run an established nonprofit, you’re likely already implementing many of these practices; you can learn to apply all of them, and improve your approach. Local and regional nonprofits can become more successful by applying these practices at the local level; growing nonprofits can use them as a guide to scaling impact more broadly.
  • Donors and philanthropists: Donors who seek maximum impact from their charitable gifts can use these six practices as a screen to predict their grantees’ potential for significant impact, or to improve their own practices.
  • Business leaders: Business leaders who want to improve their social performance and “do well, while doing good” can learn how to work with the best nonprofits.
  • Students and academics: Students who are eager to learn more about the social sector will benefit from this book. Academics can use this as a jumping off point for further research on scaling social impact.
  • Elected officials and policy-makers: Government has the money, political power, and distribution might; nonprofits have the talent, knowledge, and energy needed to create social change—together they are more powerful

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