Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations
- Stephen J. Gill - Independent Consultant
How can today's nonprofits demonstrate effective use of funds?
How can they motivate employees and volunteers and combat burnout and high turnover?
How can they ensure that they are performing in accordance with their mission and purpose?
Author Stephen J. Gill answers these questions and more in Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations. Filled with practical tips and tools, the book shows students and managers of human services, arts, education, civic, and environmental agencies how to implement a learning culture with individuals, teams, the organization as a whole, and the larger community.
- Draws on the author's more than 25 years of consulting experience
- Demonstrates how to create a culture of intentional learning that uses reflection and feedback, focuses on successes and failures, and builds a strong organization that motivates employees and volunteers
- Offers specific, hands-on tools for each level of the organization, from the individual and team to the whole organization and the community
- Discusses not only the need for a learning culture but also the barriers that may stand in the way
- Takes a step-by-step approach that facilitates managers' and students' understanding and learning
- Incorporates practical tools that can be used in nonprofit management and in actual field instruction
Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations is appropriate for courses in Social Work Evaluation, Public and Nonprofit Management, and Evaluation.
"Gill’s book is a basic primer for managers who are highly motivated to create a vibrant culture of learning. Gill does and excellent job of summarizing research regarding the elements of successful instructor led training activities. The importance of Gill’s book is that it clearly conceptualizes “learning culture” and offers straightforward approaches to moving toward this goal."
I was looking for a more recent textbook that examined the development of a learning culture.
quite interesting for some of my students and I continously recommend the book for student's assignment and MA thesis
and very relevant for my own research
Great connection to learning organization theory and upcoming evaluation course.
Well presented and accessibly written. Good checklists and charts making it very useful for the pracitioner. Although written by an American it is relevant here in the UK. Particularly liked the self reflection worksheet on p64 - a development on usual evaluation forms. Learning from evaluation chapter also useful for research methods teaching
Would be good to have diagrams available on the internet so you can use them in teaching rather than needing to scan them. Would also have been good to see more web references for further research online.
The book is very useful for part of this course and hence I will recommend it and use other references for the remainder of the program. In general these are articles rather than books.
Does not apply to general Human Resource Management class.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Need for a Learning Culture
Chapter 3 - Creating a Learning Culture