New book “Forces of Good” explores characteristics shared among successful nonprofits
AMERICUS, Ga. (Sept. 26, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity is featured among the nation’s best nonprofits in a survey of nearly 3,000 nonprofit CEOs and 60 expert interviews conducted for the new book, “Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits,” scheduled to be published by Jossey-Bass on Oct. 26, 2007.
Long-time nonprofit consultants Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant surveyed thousands of nonprofit leaders, conducted in-depth expert interviews and analyzed reams of data in studying successful nonprofits and selecting the 12 organizations featured in their book. They then studied these groups for several years to uncover their secrets to success. The practices they discovered can serve as a roadmap for anyone seeking to get involved in similar work.
As the title suggests, the authors have attributed the following six powerful practices to Habitat and other high-impact nonprofits.
• Work with government and advocate for policy change;
• Harness market forces and see business as a powerful partner;
• Encourage individual supporters to become ambassadors for the cause;
• Build and nurture relationships with other nonprofit networks;
• Adapt to the changing environment; and
• Share leadership, empowering others to be forces for good, too.
In addition to Habitat, the new book features America’s Second Harvest, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, City Year, Environmental Defense, Exploratorium, The Heritage Foundation, National Council of La Raza, Self-Help, Share Our Strength, Teach For America and YouthBuild, USA.
Visit http://www.forcesforgood.net  for additional information about the book or research.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .