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Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management
Principles and Practice

Seventh Edition

February 2024 | 632 pages | CQ Press
Michael J. Worth’s best-seller, Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice, provides a comprehensive, insightful overview of key topics nonprofit leaders encounter daily. Worth covers both the governance and management of nonprofit organizations—the scope and structure of the nonprofit sector, leadership of nonprofits, management, fundraising, earned income strategies, financial management, lobbying and advocacy, managing international and global organizations, and social entrepreneurship—helping readers understand what they are and how they work. The text balances research, theory, and practitioner literature with current cases and the most recent data available, making it appropriate for undergraduates, graduate students, and nonprofit professionals.

Part I: Understanding Nonprofit Management, The Nonprofit Sector, And Nonprofit Organizations
Chapter 1: Nonprofit Management as a Profession and a Field of Study
Chapter 2: Overview of the Nonprofit Sector
Chapter 3: Theories of the Nonprofit Sector and Nonprofit Organizations
Part II: Governing And Leading Nonprofit Organizations
Chapter 4: Nonprofit Governing Boards
Chapter 5: Executive Leadership
Part III: Managing The Nonprofit Organization
Chapter 6: Ensuring Accountability and Measuring Performance
Chapter 7: Developing Strategy, Building Capacity, and Managing Risk
Chapter 8: Collaborations, Partnerships, and Mergers
Chapter 9: Managing Staff and Service Volunteers
Chapter 10: Marketing and Communications
Chapter 11: Advocacy and Lobbying
Part IV: Obtaining And Managing Resources
Chapter 12: Financial Management
Chapter 13: Philanthropic Fundraising
Chapter 14: Social Enterprise and Earned Income
Chapter 15: Government Grants and Contracts
Part V: Special Topics
Chapter 16: Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Transformation
Chapter 17: Governing and Managing International and Global Organizations


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"Mike Worth does a great job of explaining the concepts of nonprofit management and provides excellent case studies and exercises so students can see how these concepts work in the real world."

Durand H. Crosby
Oklahoma University

I like having the most recent materials out there and since the pandemic even recent materials has outdated information because SO MUCH changed. I really wish M. Worth would update his fundraising book. That one is so old I had to stop using it and I don't like the new one I chose.

Mrs Anna-Mary Walker
NGO Leadership and Development Center, Northern Illinois University
March 12, 2024
Key features


  • Expanded and new coverage of key topics including growth of the mutual aid movement; additional leadership models and research on followership; nonprofit financial models; frameworks for evaluating advocacy initiatives; scenario planning; frameworks for risk assessment; new approaches to collective impact; the growth of virtual volunteering; social media in marketing, advocacy, and fundraising; and the impact of the global political environment on international organizations.
  • Exploration of the effects the COVID-19 pandemic on nonprofit management, including on volunteers, risk management, and collaboration.
  • More than 30 new or revised case studies.
  • Thoroughly updated references and data.


  • A balanced approach explores foundational topics as well as controversial issues and current trends, providing the reader with relevant research, theory, and practical applications.
  • Accessible to readers with a diversity of experience and goals, this book provides both a foundation of knowledge that may serve as a springboard to more advanced study and a comprehensive overview for those students whose one experience with the field will consist of a single course.
  • A focus on charitable nonprofits emphasizes organizations that provide educational, health care, arts, cultural, legal, and social services.
  • Case studies and discussion questions allow instructors to adapt the book’s use to the needs of their course and students.

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