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Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times Are Tight


An invaluable tool for nonprofit leaders and managers.
— Michael Seltzer, Program Officer, Ford Foundation and author of
"Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies"

by Emil Angelica and Vincent Hyman, Published by Fieldstone Alliance.
(Illustrator: David Kacmarynski)

Think about funding problems in a new way
Coping with Cutbacks can help you deal with funding problems in a new way. Successful nonprofits today see that solutions of the past won't work in the long-run. Authors Angelica and Hyman urge you to take a different approach, shifting your thinking from "How do we get more money to keep our nonprofit in business?" to "How do we involve other segments of the community to address community issues?"

How to go about working together
The first part of the book shows you practical ways to involve business, government, and other nonprofits to solve problems together. In the process, you'll be making new connections, creating buy-in, and bringing new partners to the table.

The second part of this unique guide gives you a six-step process for coming up with solutions to problems—financial or otherwise—that your organization is facing. The steps are similar to what a consultant might use to help you clarify the problem, set up criteria for success, brainstorm strategies, and finally, pick the best strategies. Detailed worksheets walk you through each step and help you write a workplan.

Find immediate help with 185 specific cutback strategies
Coping with Cutbacks also includes 185 specific cutback strategies gathered from interviews with a wide variety of nonprofit managers. These strategies can be put to use right away to help you overcome short-term crises, manage change, and use your resources more effectively. You'll find:

  • 51 ways to increase revenues, manage money differently, increase fund-raising, expand services, and improve productivity
  • 64 ways to cut costs, deal with bills, modify staffing, and change services
  • 28 ways to change how your organization works, including its mission, culture, and structure
  • 40 ways to involve more people in solving your problem, including other nonprofits, businesses, the community, and the government
  • And much more!

Ready or not, all of us in the nonprofit sector are entering a new era. Use this book to help your organization adapt and thrive.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Authors
  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: What's Going On Out There?

  • On the One Hand, Some Tough Challenges
  • ... And On the Other Hand, Some Opportunities
  • How Are Nonprofits Going to React?

Chapter 2: How to Engage the Community

  • Sector Values
  • Arenas of Influence
  • From Premise to Practice

Chapter 3: How to Generate Strategies

  • Step 1: Know Yourself
  • Step 2: Clarify the Problem or Opportunity
  • Step 3: Outline the Process for Developing and Selecting Strategies
  • Step 4: Establish Criteria for Success
  • Step 5: Brainstorm Strategies
  • Step 6: Select the Visible Strategies

Chapter 4: Cutback and Engagement Strategies

  • How to Use the Strategies List
  • The Strategies


Appendix A: Strategies Checklist

Appendix B: Reproducible Worksheets

  • Worksheet 1A: Know Your Values, Mission, Competencies, and Vision
  • Worksheet 1B: Know Your Decision-Making Style
  • Worksheet 2A: Clarify the Community Problem or Opportunity
  • Worksheet 2B: Clarify the Financial Problem
  • Worksheet 3A: Decide Who to Involve
  • Worksheet 3B: Write a Work Plan
  • Worksheet 4: Establish Strategies
  • Worksheet 5: Brainstorm Strategies
  • Worksheet 6A: Select the Visible Strategies
  • Worksheet 6B: Write an Implementation Plan

Appendix C: Survey Responses


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