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.”
Not every nonprofit organization can do everything well. That’s one reason why every nonprofit must work relentlessly to achieve and retain its strategic focus—a commitment to doing what it does best. This article from SSIR takes an excerpt from Engine of Impact and highlights the nonprofits that have mastered the essentials of strategic leadership—organizations like Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS).
Five years ago, Bill Drayton described the emergence of a new organizational model for the social sector. This article for SSIR highlights recent research on the promise of that model.
From The Bridgespan Group, April 2018: A survey of more than 3,000 nonprofit sector stakeholders illuminates shortcomings in performance that limit the impact potential of many organizations.
Throughout the nonprofit sector, scaling is viewed as a cardinal imperative. Is your organization truly ready to expand its impact? Here, presented in an article for SSIR, is a tool to help you find out.
From McKinsey Quarterly, a brief guide to serving as a nonprofit board member.
The Stanford Survey on Leadership and Management in the Nonprofit Sector shows that most nonprofits fall short in important areas of performance. This article, from SSIR, discusses ways to help solve this problem.
A call to action for the Impact Era, published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
We argue that the nonprofit sector is poised to become more effective — if donors can optimize their power. By voting with their checkbooks, donors can exert the power to encourage, even demand, that nonprofits address and overcome core leadership and management challenges.
Behind every effective nonprofit organization is an effective board of directors. Unfortunately, nonprofit boards often fall short — but there are tools that can help board members improve their performance—and the performance of their nonprofit.
At any given time about 40 million American kids are participating in an organized sports activity. Jim Thompson, founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, shares insights on the power of positive coaching in youth’s lives and how we can tap into the immense scope of potential impact in this field.
As daunting as it may sound, the time to start pondering your legacy is now. We speak with Sally Osberg (Skoll Foundation), Matt Bannick (Omidyar Network), and Chris Dawes (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital) and share their insights from their extraordinary careers.
Matt Bannick shares his learnings from over a decade of leadership at the Omidyar Network, which was one of the first hybrid philanthropic organizations to successfully combine traditional grantmaking and impact investing.
Sally Osberg shares her views on strong leadership after serving for 17 years as the president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.
Although millennials are more eager than students of preceding generations to pursue viable careers in social impact, simple urges to do good are not enough to make appreciable dents in the world’s most pressing problems.
Today, the speakers who draw the biggest and most boisterous crowds—who fill students with a yearning to follow in their footsteps—are often dedicated men and women who run “do-gooding” organizations.
High-performance nonprofit organizations closely resemble high-performance companies—except for crucial ways in which they don’t resemble companies at all.
Esteemed philanthropist Susan Packard Orr and CEO Christopher Dawes of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital reflect on their respective approaches to strategic leadership.
On the occasion of his retirement from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, its longtime CEO reflects on bringing people together, pursuing a vision, and other elements of leading well.
The social sector is moving toward a model that emphasizes decentralized autonomy, meritocracy, and a sense of partnership—a model in which team members work together in fluid, constantly changing ways.
Here, the fruit of their long and rich experience, are the authors’ foundational principles as active observers, advisors, and leaders in the social sector.
Encounters with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, and Roy Prosterman, founder of Landesa, had a decisive influence on how the authors think about achieving impact at scale.
Regardless of their political views, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or gender, there is much work that all Americans can do to join together in common purpose.
We are entering a new era. Increasingly, philanthropists are grounding their generosity in decisions that focus on having real impact, and nonprofits are refocusing their strategies to maximize that impact.
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The experience of prize-winning social sector leaders highlights the enduring lessons of nonprofit management. Part one of a six-part SSIR series.
To thrive, a nonprofit organization must develop and adhere to a clear statement of its core purpose. Part two of a six-part SSIR series.
Overcoming a reluctance to ask people for money is a crucial step that every nonprofit leader must make. Part three of a six-part SSIR series.
High-performing nonprofits benefit from having a board of directors that functions as more than a rubber stamp. Part four of a six-part SSIR series.
One test of a nonprofit organization hinges on whether it can manage a difficult leadership transition. Part five of a six-part SSIR series.
Suggestions for applying the fundamentals of corporate governance to charitable organizations.
Donors and grantmakers are allocating money more efficiently, thanks to the emergence of information and funding intermediaries.
A case study of BRAC, widely considered to be the largest NGO in the world.
A profile of the Rural Development Institute (now known as Landesa), an organization that remained single-mindedly devoted to its mission.
An evaluation of three organizations—the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch—that rate nonprofit organizations.
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