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Great books for Non-Profit EDs

  • Emergent Strategies, adrienne maree brown
  • Awake to Woke Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, Equity in the Centre
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership, Cathy Trower
  • Forces For Good: The 6 Practices of High-impact Nonprofits, Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant
  • Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada, Kieth Seel ed.
  • Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential. Dan Pallotta
  • Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Edgar Villanueva
  • Nonprofit Management: A Social Justice Approach, Elaine P. Congree, Allan Luks and Frances Petit eds

What’s your favourite Non-Profit Management reading?

Useful PDF links

A diagram to help make sense of planning
Visions inspire, Missions explain. Some examples:

what they say

Shahnaz Rahman, Manager of Family Law Project, West Coast LEAF

I feel very fortunate to have had a work experience with Alison. In addition to being an amazing person, Alison also has a wealth of knowledge around the working of the non profit sector. She has made immense contributions to the law reform initiatives in her work with the West Coast LEAF. Her passion, expertise and a deep commitment in achieving equality for all women paved way for the many successful projects at West Coast LEAF. One such success is the development of the Family Law Project, which was developed to identify, acknowledge and work towards addressing the many barriers women face while going through the Family Law system. I honor the contributions Alison made to promote women’s equality in BC as well as in National and International arenas. She is missed by her colleagues at West Coast LEAF.”

Zahra Esmail, Executive Director South Vancouver and Marpole Neighbourhood Houses

“Alison Brewin is a principled leader with excellent skills related to governance, organizational planning, and facilitation. She makes people around her feel comfortable and valued, which enables them to fully contribute to important conversations that can lead to positive change. She is a visionary, and I would highly recommend her for any strategic, coaching, or leadership role.

Janice Abbott, CEO, Atira Women's Resource Society

Alison has a wicked sharp mind, is motivated, has a remarkable attention to detail and a steadfast devotion to deadlines. She is thoughtful, collaborative and transparent and most of all, easy to work with. I am honoured to provide this recommendation.”

Victoria Chen, Non-Profit Operations Manager

“Thank you again for meeting with us Alison! It was really validating to be able to talk through things with you and feel more confident in our understanding of the chaos… I have always appreciated how you really care about the people and that you have the organization’s best interest in mind. I’ve learned over the years that there’s no such thing as perfect so the best any human can hope for is to work with someone who tries and someone who truly cares, and I definitely appreciate that you do!

Jamie Maclaren, Executive Director, Access Pro Bono Society of BC

Alison is a highly conscientious and open-minded thought leader in diverse areas of social justice, particularly in those areas that touch upon the wrongful treatment of low-income women and other marginalized individuals.”

Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director Sara for Women

“Hiring a consultant can feel like a shot in the dark. But hiring Alison is a sure thing. She knows the non-profit sector and our challenges, she has extensive experience supporting non-profits and non-profit leaders to excel, and she brings perspectives and insights that enrich and empower.”

Rebecca Darnell, President, Darnell & Company Law Offices

Alison is a relationship builder who not only builds but maintains and nourishes those relationships. She will be a great addition to any future organization with whom she is associated. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”

Amber Prince, Legal Advocate, Atira Women's Resource Society

Alison has been an effective leader in the non-profit sector for many years. I have had the pleasure of reviewing many of Alison’s written pieces (including articles, media pieces and legal analyses) over the past 7 years. She has the rare ability to articulate not only a “big picture” analysis but also the attention to detail needed to take theory to action. Alison does this all in a clear and accessible way. Any organization would be lucky to benefit from Alison’s wealth of non-profit and writing experience.”

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