Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker spoke with host Dan Loney for the Knowledge@Wharton radio show, which streams on SiriusXM Channel 111. During the interview, Meehan and Jonker discussed the challenges associated with measuring impact, the power of donors to change the social sector, and role played by “insight and courage” in nonprofit leadership, among other topics.
In an article titled “Four Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Their Impact,” Theodore Kinni offers several nuggets of insight from an interview that he conducted with Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker. The piece appears in the Autumn 2017 issue of Stanford Business, a magazine for alumni of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
In an interview posted at the firm’s Alumni Center website, the authors discuss Engine of Impact, their decision to collaborate on a study of nonprofit leadership, the ways in which their careers at McKinsey informed their perspective on the nonprofit sector, and other aspects of their experiences at the firm.
Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs, interviews Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker to explore lessons and practical guidance from Engine of Impact, including how philanthropists can develop a framework to assess the impact of their nonprofit partners, and how social sector leaders can develop a set of tools to assess and increase the impact of their work.
In an article for Forbes.com, management and leadership columnist Roger Trapp reviews Engine of Impact. “[The authors] assert that nonprofit executives, through philanthropists, grant makers and board members to ordinary donors and citizens – must decide if they want a robust, high-performing nonprofit sector or they don’t. If they do, they must adopt the kind of transformational leadership that typifies our most ambitious philanthropists and social entrepreneurs.”
In her book review, Beth Kanter draws attention to the special matrix that Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker present in Chapter 8 of Engine of Impact “I love frameworks, but sometimes they are dry and boring. Not in this book,” Kanter writs. “The authors have created a ‘Readiness to Scale Matrix’ which includes five categories, presented with engaging visual metaphors to make it memorable.”
Kyoko Uchida, features editor of Philanthropy News Digest, provides an extensive tour of key points from Engine of Impact on topics such as mission, strategy, and board governance. She homes in on the central role that impact evaluation plays in Meehan and Jonker’s model of strategic leadership, calling the book, “an energizing, if sobering, read for nonprofit leaders, board members, and funders alike.”
Brook Manville reviews Engine of Impact, calling it an “-inspiring new book [that offers] a call to action and a prescription for how to make a difference: go serve the non-profit sector—as a leader, board member or philanthropic contributor–and dedicate yourself to achieving change that really matters.”
Matthew Bishop notes that Engine of Impact provides “a blue-print for thoughtful and effective leadership in the sector” and highlights the value that Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker deliver in identifying “the key factors that have enabled the greatest non-profits to succeed.”
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