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How Nonprofits Can Thrive in Changing Times

DateApril 30, 2012

To stay competitive in today’s volatile and ever-changing environment, nonprofit leaders must understand, anticipate, and manage change.

Technology, globalization, a devastating economic recession . . . to stay competitive today’s nonprofits must be able to adapt. The ability to anticipate and manage change is essential for any nonprofit -- large or small -- that wants to survive, let alone grow or thrive.

Change can be good -- a new grant! -- or bad -- the loss of an executive director -- or merely challenging -- changes in the demographics of the neighborhood served by the organization.

Like people, organizations go through lifecycles, from start-up to maturity, from an idea that solves a problem to a no-longer-needed institution. In other words, internal changes take place at the same time that external changes are impinging on the organization. Where an organization is in its lifecycle affects how well it can leverage external changes.

Dr. John Brothers, an expert on nonprofit development and assessment, will give an overview of the thinking, research, and real-life experiences behind the recently released book, Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles, which he co-authored with Anne Sherman. Brothers will talk about how nonprofit leaders have managed change and used it as an opportunity to strengthen their organizations at different stages in the organization’s lifecycle.

This interactive webinar will introduce nonprofit leaders to the information and tools they need to effectively shepherd a change process within their organizations.

Webinar presented in collaboration with MYcorportation

Who Should Attend?
  • Board members
  • Executive Directors



John E. Brothers is a recognized leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena with more than 20 years experience. He is a national expert in the field of executive leadership, nonprofit effectiveness, sustainability, and assisting organizations in their growing and declining stages.

Brothers has a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University, and an MBA in Public Policy from American University. He has also studied at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics. Dr. Brothers is an adjunct professor in social welfare policy at Rutgers University; in nonprofit management at New York University; and recently served as a Visiting Scholar at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. He has served in multiple fellowships, including engagements with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and the Children's Defense Fund.

Dr. Brothers is also the Editor of the Journal for Nonprofit Management and a Senior Fellow with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. He is a popular blogger with the Stanford Social Innovation Review and recently collaborated on a book about nonprofit leadership with SAGE Publishing. His latest book,  Building Nonprofit Capacity: Strategic Tools for Managing Change was released by Jossey-Bass in October 2011.

Dr. Brothers, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is also the Principal of Cuidiu Consulting, a consulting firm serving nonprofit, philanthropic, and government efforts throughout the world. He has been a nonprofit executive in several local, regional, and national nonprofit efforts, including serving as a CEO, COO, and numerous programming roles. Dr. Brothers gravitated toward nonprofit work as a result of his experiences growing up in poverty in Minneapolis, MN.