Tom Clements has been a volunteer, employee, donor and board member of many nonprofits. He has taken his experiences and published a paperback book titled, "How to Run a Nonprofit: The 'Go to' Guide for all Nonprofit Managers".
When asked what drove him to write this informational resource, the Johns Creek resident responded, "I realized that most nonprofits are run by impassioned people that have great faith and energy for their cause. Yet, most often, these directors and managers have very little training and experience in running a company."
"It's funny. That very term, "company", brings frowns and consternation to many nonprofit employees and volunteers. They proudly state, "we are not a business!" and yet, they have to have money come in to fund their programs. They have salaries and expenses. And, just as important, their donors expect them to run the nonprofit in a efficacious manner. Donors want to see budgets and metrics, objectives and outcomes. I agree that the goal of a nonprofit is not to make money, it is more than that, it is to change lives. Organizing, visualizing and communicating a well thought out plan, with documented assumptions and metrics, help both donors and employees have confidence in the organization's ability to deliver the value that they want to achieve."
The book is structured in a way that a new manager can start with basic "what is our product?" type questions and move through to fundraising strategies and measurement systems. Chapters include: Leadership, Building the Business Plan, Budgeting and Budget Management and Managing the Fundraising Process.
For more information, or to contact Tom, please go to HowToRunANonprofit.com.
His book can be ordered both on his website or https://www.createspace.com/7214043