Welcome to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the leading national knowledge community dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities working to achieve positive social change and cultural enrichment. Using a “Research to Practice” platform, the Alliance is committed to identifying and exploring both academic and practitioner research and field experiences in peer-to-peer exchanges designed to identify how capacity builders can increase the effectiveness, efficiency and impact for their clients and communities. We accomplish this through:
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The Alliance is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building. We improve the effectiveness of the individuals, groups, and organizations who are helping nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change. Learn new techniques and strategies to strengthen your practice as a capacity builder. Build your knowledge base and skill set with access to the latest research based methods, resources, and thought leaders. Connect with fellow consultants, coaches, capacity building funders, academics, executives, and others equally committed to impacting positive social change. Participate in webinars, conferences, regional gatherings, and research that advances the practice of capacity building. Lead the sector to new understanding and increased impact by taking your place among those capacity builders dev the Alliance’s growing roster of activities and programs.
Resources and Links
A hub of information, including recent studies, articles and member created materials
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs:
A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs: How they prepare for and perceive their role in relation to the board, community and chief executive officer.
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs reflects the voices of 635 nonprofit board chairs across the United States. The study was conducted by the Alliance’s Governance Affinity Group and is intended as a first step in hearing directly from board chairs about their experiences and perceptions, acknowledging the importance of the leadership role of board chairs and the significant dearth of research in this area. As one of the few studies on board chairs, this study sought to answer two research questions: How do individuals prepare for their role as chair of a nonprofit board? and, what do board chairs perceive their leadership roles to be in relationship to the board, the community, and the CEO?
Providing resources on a variety of topics, contrasting opinions, and the latest insights into the nonprofit capacity building field, the Resource Library is a chance to exchange ideas and connect over recent events with Alliance members. Though the Alliance staff endeavor to monitor all additions to the Resource Library, please remember that it is a collaborative collection with additions made by a combination of staff, the board of directors and Alliance members. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management does not promote, endorse, claim ownership of, nor receive monetary contributions for posted materials.
Guide for Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE)
The Nonproﬁts Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide oﬀers information, tools, case studies and other resources to support capacity builders as they guide nonproﬁt groups in developing core competencies on constituent and community engagement. The NICE Guide is designed for organizational development experts, management support organizations, and internal and external consultants to facilitate eﬀorts to integrate the voice of community members and constituents into the daily practice of nonproﬁt organizations.
Our Board is comprised of Alliance members elected yearly by our membership. Contact us for information on how to join our board and other leadership opportunities with the Alliance.
Terry McAdam Book Award
The Terry McAdam Book Award serves the nonprofit capacity building field by making practitioners aware of high-quality books that share new knowledge and approaches.
How to get Nominated
The Nomination Process
In late winter/early spring of each year, the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee issues a call for nominations. Anyone — including authors, publishers, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management members and non-members and the general public — can nominate books. The Terry McAdam Book Award Committee is anticipating finalization of criteria and the 2017 nominations process by late February/early March. This information, once approved, will be posted to this web page. In addition, anyone who has previously expressed interest in this year’s nominations process will receive an email with a description of the process, along with a link to a brief electronic survey for use in submitting a nomination.
As in years past, the committee will also reach out to relevant publishers, as well as past awardees, Alliance members and other colleagues, and will conduct its own research, to identify other eligible publications.
If you are interested in nominating a book for 2017, please contact this year’s chair, Victoria Thurlow at email@example.com.
What Are Our Criteria?
The Nomination Criteria
The following criteria are subject to approval by the 2017 Terry McAdam Book Awards Committee and are subject to change following the committee’s first meeting in late February/early March. Any changes will be announced promptly on this website.
Nominated book criteria:
· Specifically address issues of nonprofit management, capacity building, management consulting, or advancement of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit sector.
· Be a first edition published in the current year or one year prior; if published in the prior year, the book could not have been nominated in that earlier period.
· Be actively marketed to the national nonprofit community or a specific nonprofit community.
· Academic textbooks, books authored by Alliance Board members and books authored by McAdam Book Award Committee members are not eligible and will not be considered; this restriction includes contributing authors.
· Can be published in print, electronic or pdf form.
· Must have a price point (i.e., be available for purchase, not a free publication).
Our Committee Process
About the 2017 Terry McAdam Book Award Affinity Group
The Terry McAdam Book Award process is coordinated and overseen by a committee composed of Alliance members, who are responsible for setting the strategic direction for the award program, in consultation with the Alliance’s board of directors. The committee uses stringent nominating and eligibility criteria to select and review works for consideration, and to determine the annual Terry McAdam Book Award winner. If warranted an additional honorable-mention recipient/other finalist may also be named. Committee members may be invited to take on additional roles on behalf of the committee, and are encouraged to attend the Alliance’s annual conference to support activities associated with the award ceremony and author liaison. If you are interested in serving on the 2017 Terry McAdam Book Award Committee, please contact this year’s chair, Victoria Thurlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Terry McAdam Book Award
The Terry McAdam Book Award program was established by the Nonprofit Management Association in 1987 to commemorate the work of an inspirational colleague and board member, Terry W. McAdam, who passed away at the age of 44 in 1986. The executive vice president and program director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles, Terry was also the author of Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (1986) and (with Judith Scherer) Technical Assistance in New York City: A Preliminary Examination of the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Process in New York City (1977). He 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 important in improving the sector.
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. The Terry McAdam Book Award continues to recognize outstanding printed works in the capacity-building field. For almost 30 years, many dedicated volunteers have shepherded the award program, which has evolved to include both print and electronic books that cover the nonprofit sector and aspects of nonprofit management and capacity building.
Approximately 12 Terry McAdam Book Award Committee members, all experts in the field, review nominated books against the awards criteria each year. The award program is aligned with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s role as the premier professional community for capacity builders and its stringent standards assure exceptional quality. Many past winners have used the honor to bolster publicity for their work.