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Terry McAdam Book Award

What is the most inspirational and useful new book contributing to nonprofit management?

Each year, the Alliance’s Terry McAdam Book Award Committee reviews books published in the nonprofit sector, highlights the very best thinking in management, governance, and capacity building, and helps expose practitioners to new knowledge and approaches in the field.


To be eligible for the award, books must meet the following criteria:

Specifically address issues of nonprofit management, capacity building, management consulting, or advancement of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit sector.

Be a first edition published in 2017 or 2018. For a book published in 2017 to be eligible, this must be its first nomination (i.e., the book could not have been nominated last year).

Must be actively marketed to the national nonprofit community or a specific nonprofit community.

Academic textbooks, books authored by Alliance Board members and books authored by Terry McAdam Book Award Committee members are not eligible and will not be considered.

Be available in print, electronic, and/or PDF form.

Must have a price point (i.e., be available for purchase, not a free publication).

Nominations must be submitted by 9:00 pm (PDT)/ midnight (EDT) Tuesday, May 15, 2018. In order to submit a nomination, please complete the nominations form by clicking here. Finalists will be notified in late July and invited to be present for the award ceremony at the national conference of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, October 10-12, in Hartford, CT.

The Terry McAdam Book Award process is coordinated and overseen by a committee composed of Alliance members, who are responsible for setting the strategic direction for the award program, in consultation with the Alliance’s board of directors.

The committee uses stringent nominating and eligibility criteria to select and review works for consideration, and to determine the annual Terry McAdam Book Award winner. If warranted, an additional honorable-mention recipient/other finalist may also be named. Committee members may be invited to take on additional roles on behalf of the committee, and are encouraged to attend the Alliance’s annual conference to support activities associated with the award ceremony and meet with authors in attendance.


2018 Committee

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers serving on the 2018 committee. Their expertise ensures the highest-quality selection process and award recipient.

Vega Subramaniam, Chair
Cofounder and Principal
Vega Mala Consulting

Carolyn Champ
Associate Executive Director
Support Center

Luci Dabney
Executive Director
Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise

Gayle L. Gifford, Chair, Publisher Outreach
President
Cause & Effect, Inc.

Sylvia de Haas-Phillips
Director and Assistant Professor 
Bay Path University 

Mary Bear Hughes
Senior Consultant
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Mary Hiland
President
Hiland Consulting 

 

Ruth Masterson
Lead Advisor
Masterson Consulting

Shelly Saczynski
Independent Consultant 

Patty Oertel, Consultant to the Committee
President
The Oertel Group

Kevin Peterson, Committee Administrator
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Tamela A. Spicer
Program Manager
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Victoria Thurlow
Principal
Thurlow/Associates

Emmanuelle Jarmon
Principal 
Jarmon Consulting 

Renee Rubin Ross
Principal
Renee Rubin Ross Consulting 

 

 

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 committee, please contact this year’s chair, Vega Subramaniam at mcadamaward@allianceonline.org.


A 30-Year Legacy

Terry McAdamThe Terry McAdam Book Award program was established by the Nonprofit Management Association in 1987 to commemorate the work of an inspirational colleague and board member, Terry W. McAdam, who passed away at the age of 44 in 1986. The executive vice president and program director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Los Angeles, Terry was also the author of Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (1986) and (with Judith Scherer) Technical Assistance in New York City: A Preliminary Examination of the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Process in New York City (1977). He devoted his professional life to improving the nonprofit management field and urged those of us in the capacity-building field to write about our experiences, because he considered our voices important in improving the sector.

When the Nonprofit Management Association and the Support Centers of America came together to form the Alliance for Nonprofit Management in 1998, the Alliance took responsibility for continuing this important award. For 30 years, many dedicated volunteers have shepherded the award program, which has evolved to include both print and electronic books that cover the nonprofit sector and aspects of nonprofit management and capacity building.

Complete List of Award Winners Through 2017

The following list outlines the previous winners and honorable mention designations. Many of these books are still in print and are available through Amazon. No awards were given in 1992 and 2006 as the award criteria and process were being refined.

1989

Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies by Michael Seltzer

1990

The Third America by Michael O'Neill

1991

Strategic Media by Phil Sparks and Cathy Bonk

1993

Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World by John Bryson and Barbara C. Crosby

1994

Strategic Philanthropy in the 1990's by Diane Gingold

1995

Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-For-Profit in the 21st Century by Peter C. Brinckerhoff

1996

Reengineering Your Nonprofit Organization: A Guide to Strategic Transformation by Alceste T. Pappas

1997

Financial Empowerment: More Money for More Mission by Peter C. Brinckerhoff

 

Honorable MentionStrategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye

1998

Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances: A Strategic Planning Guide by Thomas A. McLaughlin

1999

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Policies and Practices by Jo Ann Hankin, Alan G. Seidner and John T. Zietlow

2000

Resolving Conflict in Nonprofit Organizations: The Leaders' Guide to Finding Constructive Solutions by Marion Peters Angelica

2001

Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success: The Guide to Strategy and Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by Kevin P. Kearns

2002

Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity by Susan Kenny Stevens

 

Honorable Mention: Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors by Diana S. Newman

 

Honorable Mention: Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations by Russell Matthew Linden

2003

Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results by Bernard Ross, Clare Segal

 

Honorable MentionBookkeeping Basics: What Every Nonprofit Bookkeeper Needs to Know byDebra L. Ruegg

2004

Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All by Robert Egger

 

Honorable Mention: Fundraising in Times of Crisis by Kim Klein

 

Honorable Mention: The Best of the Board Cafe: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards by Jan Masaoka

2005

The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life by William H. Shore

 

Honorable Mention: Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chait

 

Honorable Mention: Play to Win: The Nonprofit Guide to Competitive Strategy by David La Piana

2007

Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age by Allison H. Fine

 

Honorable Mention: Community Leadership Handbook: Framing Ideas, Building Relationships, and Mobilizing Resources by James F. Krile

2008

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit by Peter C. Brinkerhoff

 

Honorable Mention: Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

2009

Chief Executive Transitions: How to Hire and Support a Nonprofit CEO by Don Tebbe

2010

Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times by Kim Klein

 

Honorable Mention: The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Allison Fine and Beth Kantor

2011

Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze

2012

Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists by Valaida Fullwood with photography by Charles W. Thomas Jr.

2013

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine

2014

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community,

Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money by Kivi Leroux Miller

 

FinalistThe Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook: Fully Integrating Online Service into Volunteer Involvement by Jayne Cravens and Susan J. Ellis

 

FinalistCreating Value in Nonprofit-Business Collaborations: New Thinking and Practice by James E. Austin and M. May Seitanidi

2015

The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisionsby Steve Zimmerman and Jeanne Bell

 

Honorable MentionThe Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative and Capitalism by Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley

2016

Measuring the Impact of Volunteers: A Balanced and Strategic Approach by Christine Burych, Joanne Fine Schwebel, Michael Fliess, Heather Hardie

 

FinalistBuilding Your Analytics Shop: A Workbook for Nonprofits by Marianne M. Pelletier

 

FinalistThe Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problemsby Marc J. Lane

 

FinalistTransformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change by Beth Gazley and Katha Kissman.

2017

Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It by Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair