Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons. Concluding Lessons Learned chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations. Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields. Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves.

Lessons Learned: Themes Observed From Successful Nonprofit Social Innovations

Lessons learned: Themes observed from successful nonprofit social innovations
Diane Vinokur-Kaplan Ram A. Cnaan


We wish to encourage nonprofit innovation, so in this volume we have presented a wide array of examples of successful innovative nonprofits in the United States and abroad. We have included those that start new organizations, those that innovate internally, and those that innovate through collaboration. In this concluding chapter, we discuss selected themes that have emerged from the various cases and provide the reader with a basic understanding of what it takes to be innovative. We organize our discussion using a systems theory approach and adopting a logic model framework including resources, activities ...

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