How can today's nonprofits demonstrate effective use of funds?

How can they motivate employees and volunteers and combat burnout and high turnover?

How can they ensure that they are performing in accordance with their mission and purpose?

Author Stephen J. Gill answers these questions and more in Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations. Filled with practical tips and tools, the book shows students and managers of human services, arts, education, civic, and environmental agencies how to implement a learning culture with individuals, teams, the organization as a whole, and the larger community.

Key Features

Draws on the author's more than 25 years of consulting experience; Demonstrates how to create a culture of intentional learning that uses reflection and feedback, focuses on successes and failures, and builds a strong organization that motivates employees and volunteers; Offers specific, hands-on tools for each level of the organization, from the individual and team to the whole organization and the community; Discusses not only the need for a learning culture but also the barriers that may stand in the way; Takes a step-by-step approach that facilitates managers and students' understanding and learning; Incorporates practical tools that can be used in nonprofit management and in actual field instruction

Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations is appropriate for courses in Social Work Evaluation, Public and Nonprofit Management, and Evaluation.

Creating a Learning Culture

Creating a learning culture

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

—George Bernard Shaw

To create a culture in which learning is the rule, not the exception, nonprofits must remove the barriers to learning and reward behaviors that facilitate learning: risk taking, action learning, feedback, and reflection. For example, a nonprofit that provides mental health and substance abuse intervention services has created a program evaluation, research, and training arm. This new department examines the effectiveness of the organization's programs. In collaboration with a local university and external funding, the nonprofit has made learning from its own programs integral to the way it functions. New knowledge from the ...

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