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“As a philanthropist constantly grappling with how I can achieve more impact, I found Jonker and Meehan’s insights to be provocative and engaging. They go beyond the typical rhetoric regarding ‘what the nonprofit sector can learn from business’ and give these organizations their due—with great advice. Nonprofits are dealing with often intractable societal problems of enormous complexity and uncertain revenue streams. These authors appreciate the weight on leaders’ shoulders, while offering a detailed roadmap to maximize their impact. A must-read.”
– Jeff Raikes, Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation, former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chairman, Stanford Board of Trustees
“No one knows the not-for-profit sector and its most effective leaders better than Meehan and Jonker. Their book is a master class on what it takes to drive meaningful impact. In tackling the fundamental questions—strategy and focus, discipline and accountability—the authors get to the heart of what every mission-focused leader needs to understand. Engine of Impact is a book to read and re-read—the definitive guide for all who aspire to lead high-performing and high-achieving organizations.”
– Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation, and co-author, Getting Beyond Better
“Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker have decades of experience in rigorously evaluating what makes organizations operate—or fail to operate—at a high level. In Engine of Impact, they leverage that deep knowledge to create a smart, compelling guide to doing good by leading well.”
– Jamie Dimon, Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase
“Building and leading great nonprofits is a socially vital—but managerially daunting—endeavor. Enter Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker who, in simple and lively prose, draw upon deep research and lived experience to deliver the essential field guide on how to do it right. All of us—donors, volunteers, board members, executives, citizens—are in their debt.”
– Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
“Engine of Impact is an essential handbook for every aspiring social sector leader and philanthropist. Creating social impact is an art and a science, requiring investments of heart and mind. Meehan and Jonker’s outstanding analysis combines the intense rigor of business strategy with the critical soft skills of courage and creativity to equip us with the toolkit necessary for transformative social change.”
– Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder, laaf.org, author, Giving 2.0, Founder and Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Founder and Chairman, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
To achieve significant impact, a nonprofit organization must build, tune, and fuel an “engine of Impact”—a system that encompasses seven essential areas of strategic leadership. This diagnostic tool enables nonprofit stakeholders to assess how well their organization performs in each of those areas and how ready that organization is to scale its impact.
Organizational performance in the essential elements of strategic leadership varies widely across the nonprofit sector. This study—based on responses from more than 3,000 stakeholders in the sector—highlights key challenges and opportunities for nonprofit leaders.
Should a philanthropic organization aim for perpetuity, or should it plan to spend down its assets? To answer this question, philanthropists and foundations need a solid understanding of the relationship between annual payout, market performance and volatility, and the anticipated longevity of their endowment. Here is a tool to help them develop that understanding.
The November 2017 issue of Chronicle of Philanthropy features an article by Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker that sets the current US political situation in the wider context of what they call the Impact Era. (For a discussion of the Impact Era, see the Introduction to Engine of Impact.) Meehan and Jonker write: Foundation leaders […]
Stanford Social Innovation Review has published an excerpt from Engine of Impact that addresses a vital question for the nonprofit sector: How can a nonprofit apply concepts from business strategy to the way that it structures and plans its work? In the past, some people in the sector have doubted the relevance of such concepts to […]
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker launched their efforts to promote Engine of Impact in a special event at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)—the institution where much of the thinking and research in the book originated. Jon Levin, dean of GSB, joined Meehan and Jonker for a wide-ranging discussion of themes […]