Don Macdonald

Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations

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Case Studies in Survival, Sustainability and Success

Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations explores how smaller charity organisations and community groups are developing exciting new projects around the world, and how non-profit SMEs can learn from them in order to survive and thrive in a demanding, rapidly-changing world.

 

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Description

Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations explores how smaller charity organisations and community groups are developing exciting new projects around the world, and how non-profit SMEs can learn from them in order to survive and thrive in a demanding, rapidly-changing world.

The global non-profit sector is vast, with over 1.5 million registered organisations in the US alone. In the UK, the charity sector rivals the motor industry in scale. However, organisations in the social sector – and smaller community groups in particular – face a number of challenges. While technology and social media have enabled previously unimagined levels of communication, rising inequality and funding cuts have made operations much harder to sustain. Against this complex and shifting landscape, Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations brings together a group of highly regarded specialists to stimulate new ideas for innovation, community action and social enterprise. Together, these contributors reflect on their achievements, challenge conventional wisdom, explore best practice, and offer inspirational advice for learning and deploying new skills across a wide range of fields and contexts.

Even though austerity has hit the non-profit sector hard, the case studies in the book show the great value of non-profit services. Charles Fraser, who was CEO of St Mungos for twenty years, describes the difficulties St Mungos faced, how it developed comprehensive services for an unpopular group of clients and the team work approach underpinning this. Community Catalysts supports local self-help groups to bring communities together and take positive actions in very cost effective ways, as outlined by their CEO, Sian Lockwood. The campaigner Patrick Vernon writes about the Windrush campaign, the support from newspapers such as the Guardian and the great success achieved in combating the “hostile environment” imposed at all levels by the Government, while Clore Social Leadership’s CEO Shaks Ghosh describes how they train and support non-profit managers in an increasingly demanding operational milieu.

 

Audience

Innovation and Change in Non-profit Organisations will be useful to employed and volunteer leaders and other management practitioners in social sector organisations; academics and researchers in social enterprise and related areas; students on courses in social work, youth and community work, and social enterprise.

Details

ISBN: 9781912755561

Publication date: September 2019

Contents:

Foreword by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Introduction

1. ‘Communities doing it for themselves’ – community responses to health and social care challenges Sian Lockwood OBE (CEO, Community Catalysts)

2. Only wise and generous leadership can save us Shaks Ghosh (CEO, Clore Social Leadership)

3. Thinking differently and adapting to change Chris Durkin (Principal Lecturer for Social Work and Health, Nottingham Trent University) Tommy Hutchison (Founder and CEO, i-genius)

4. Procurement and commissioning in the non-profit sector Chris O’Leary (Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University) Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)

5. Service improvement in small non-profit organisations Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)

6. The development of front-line service delivery Charles Fraser CBE FRSA (Former CEO, St Mungo’s)

7. Mental health for young people – making an impact with scarce resources Sarah Brennan OBE (Former CEO, Young Minds)

8. The Windrush scandal and Windrush Day Patrick Vernon OBE (Associate Director for Connected Communities, Centre for Aging Better)

9. ‘Survive or die’ – critical management challenges in non-profit organisations Don Macdonald (Trustee, Trainer and Former Charity CEO)

10. Youth activism Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk (Founder/CEO at MissionBox USA & UK)

11. All women count – organising an action with refugee women Marchu Girma (Grassroots Director, Women for Refugee Women)

12. How austerity has damaged the foundations of UK civil society Andy Shields FRSA (Consultant and Former Head of Business Development, 3SC

13. Getting back to being connected – how housing associations should change Charles Fraser CBE FRSA (Former CEO, St Mungo’s)

Final thoughts

Authors

Don Macdonald (Editor & Contributor) is a Visiting Lecturer in the Community Sector and Social Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, having founded and managed charities, social enterprises and youth and community education projects in the UK for 40 years. He has also provided youth and community work training at different UK universities and coaching and management training, particularly to social sector managers. Don provided consultancy, business planning and coaching for emerging social enterprises for a British Council project in Myanmar. He is chair of the LFJ charity and advises and mentors small and emerging social enterprises. BEP has published his book “21st Century Skills for Non-Profit Managers: A Practical Guide on Leadership and Management”. He also edited with Charles Oham and wrote with six other authors “Leading and Managing a Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care”.

Charles Fraser CBE is the former CEO St Mungo’s 1994-2014, having built up the organisation as the largest charity providing direct services for homeless people in the UK, and having worked for St Mungo’s as a project worker in hostels, as regional manager and as Deputy Director since 1980.
Sian Lockwood OBE is the CEO of Community Catalysts, a CIC working through local partners across the U.K. to create an environment within which community social care and health enterprise can flourish. Sian blogs regularly about issues around health and social care. She has a long history of supporting community action to address social care and health issues and create choice for people who need some support or care to live their lives.

Shaks Ghosh is the CEO of Clore Social Leadership, where she writes regularly on relevant topics. She has a track record of service in the social sector, and wide experience of policy, housing, homelessness and youth unemployment issues. Her early career was in local government, housing associations, central Government and the Indian NGO sector. Following 10 years as CEO of Crisis, she led the establishment of the Private Equity Foundation. She is passionate about social justice and is now focused on strengthening the sector.

Chris Durkin is the Teaching Partnership Project Manager, Social Work Academy of Excellence, for a Nottinghamshire inter-agency partnership. Previously as Associate Professor at Northampton University, he set up the Institute of Urban Affairs, course leader for an M.A. Social Innovation and part of the senior management group and international academic lead in the School of Social Sciences. Chris has research interests in social entrepreneurship, social care, social innovation and community development. He co-edited with Robert Gunn “Social Entrepreneurship: A skills approach” published by the Policy Press (2010 & 2017). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and worked as a social worker before joining Northampton University in 2002, working first as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Leader for Social Welfare.

Tommy Hutchinson is founder & CEO, i-genius, which promotes social entrepreneurship around the world, co-director of Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces and a European Commission Expert on sustainability and innovation. He has worked in over 40 countries & established several social businesses. His previous career in the City of London covered being an aerospace analyst, market intelligence & political adviser to NatWest Group. He is a visiting lecturer at several universities & honorary adviser to Hunan University. He has published several articles on aspects of the social economy & is co-author of “A Risky Business” and is working on other publications on social entrepreneurship.

Dr Chris O’Leary is Deputy Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is responsible for managing a number of research projects, providing leadership on the design and delivery of research and evaluation projects around public sector reform and its impact on social policy design, implementation and delivery. His research focuses on many aspects of public service reform, including outcome based commissioning (Payment by Results/Social Impact Bonds), commissioning and procurement, and the role of social innovation in driving reform.

Sarah Brennan OBE a consultant (former CEO of Young Minds) started as CEO at Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity for children and young people’s mental health in 2007 and retired in 2018. She now works as a consultant. She spent her earlier career in the social sector and previously worked with young offenders and those at risk of offending as CEO of Motiv8 and at Centrepoint, where she was Director of Services and Manager of Camberwell Foyer.

Dr Patrick Vernon OBE, Associate Director for Connected Communties at the Centre for Ageing Patrick is Winston Churchill and Clore Fellow, Fellow of Goodenough College,film maker and cultural historian and founder Every Generation and the 100 Great Black Britons campaign.Patrick is also founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons, which develops education programmes, publications and films on cultural heritage and family history.In 2018 was selected as one of the 1000 Evening Standard Progressive Londoners for his campaign for Windrush Day and 2019 by the Independent Happy List for fundraising efforts regarding Windrush Justice Fund.

Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk is the Founder/CEO at MissionBox, President of the MissionBox Philanthropic Fund in the USA and now the UK. She has over 25 years in nonprofit services: first, as a direct service provider with adults suffering from mental illness and later as an executive director of non-profits working in substance abuse treatment and child abuse prevention. She also served as VP of Community Impact for United Way. After seeing a critical nonprofit need for service and outcomes reporting technology, Kathryn founded Community TechKnowledge (CTK). In her role as CEO and co-designer of CTK software and services, she provides non-profits with tools to build their capacity, researching and writing relevant articles regularly. Several years after, CTK launched the CTK Foundation, which receives a portion of CTK profits to donate to non-profits across the world.

Marchu Girma is a campaigner advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum seeking women. She works as the Grassroots Director for Women for Refugee Women and is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seeking women to speak up about their experiences, and enabling them to use their voices for change. As part of her role at Women for Refugee Women, Marchu has co-authored research reports, delivered training and helps to maintain refugee women’s networks around the country. In 2017 Marchu was invited by UN Women to speak at their annual Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UN in New York.

Andy Shields is a consultant. Previously Head of Business Development at 3SC, the social sector procurement organisation, Andy has also acted as Head of Business Development, at the Home Group and Director of Skills and Learning at St Mungos, building up these services. He has also acted as an interim manager for a range of charities and non-profit organisations, working with service users from different client groups.

Sian Lockwood OBE, FRSA is the CEO of Community Catalysts, a CIC working through local partners across the U.K. to create an environment within which community social care and health enterprise can flourish. Sian blogs regularly about issues around health and social care. She has a long history of supporting community action to address social care and health issues and create choice for people who need some support or care to live their lives.

4 reviews for Innovation and Change in Non-Profit Organisations

  1. The Rt Hon Prof Paul Burstow FRSA

    A must read for anyone who is serious about getting upstream, tackling inequalities and redesigning the way we deliver care. The case for investing in social infrastructure – such as non-profits – in making our lives liveable and buffering us from adversity is compelling. But that infrastructure is hard won and fragile.

  2. Lord Victor Adebowale CBE (From the Foreword)

    This book stimulates imaginative thinking, provides information and case studies, and discusses the viability of a range of new strategies and forward thinking, all based on solid experience at the coal face.

  3. Dame Louise Casey, DBE CB Visiting Professor Kings College London, Chair of Institute of Global Homelessness

    In a nutshell, the book starts by outlining the multiple problems in society today – women, worker and minority rights, diversity, wealth gap, welfare system, the’ left behind’ or ‘kept behind,’ austerity and racism, etc – and the changes the UK has gone through in recent times e.g. family structures, religious beliefs, and Brexit. It then looks at how the Third Sector is trying to address these different problems, with new approaches and good practice initiatives or through technology. What a helpful contribution to the country with all the problems we’re facing right now. Some hope. Some solutions.

  4. Professor Nick Hardwick, Royal Holloway University of London

    This is a powerful exposition of the hugely challenging environment in which non -profits are working and the demand for practical and moral leadership it places upon them.

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