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So, you are sitting on one or more nonprofit boards. Your commitment is in place but your time is limited. If your nonprofit does not have seasoned for profit firepower at the helm, what can you do to rapidly increase the transfer of your corporate know-how to the leadership?
Get copies of Steven Rothschild’s just released book, "The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success", for the nonprofit’s senior leadership. Rothschild offers a brilliant distillation of corporate know-how illustrating seven key principles with examples from innovative, highly successful nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, the Grameen Bank, and Caring Bridge.
Rothschild was Executive Vice-President at General Mills, Inc., where he also launched Yoplait, USA, and served as its first president. He left the corporate world to engage in social entrepreneurship and now heads Twin Cities RISE!, a successful poverty reduction program. I heard Rothschild and Habit for Humanity's Senior Vice President Liz Blake, whose executive experience includes General Electric and U.S. Airways, speak recently at an intimate gathering where Rothschild presented the book’s seven principles:
While you can’t be everything to the boards you sit on, you can help increase the degree and transfer rate of corporate know-how by referring the nonprofit leadership to these principles and this book!
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