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Terry McAdam Book Award

Help us choose and honor the most inspirational and useful new book contributing to nonprofit management and capacity building!

Call for nominations!

Each year, the best of the best is chosen. Of books, that is.

Annually, volunteers who love to read join the Alliance Book Award Committee to read and review dozens of books published in the nonprofit sector. The best of best is awarded the Terry McAdam Book Award each fall.

The Book Award Committee is now seeking nominations of the most inspirational and useful new books that bridge research and practice and make a substantial contribution to the nonprofit field. We're looking for books that  present the very best thinking in management, governance, and capacity building, and those exposing practitioners to new knowledge and approaches in the field. Nominations are due Friday, May 15, 2020. Criteria for nominations is listed below.

The Committee is also seeking capacity building experts from across North America to volunteer their time to read and review nominated books. Enhance your knowledge of the sector while working collaboratively to promote titles that best support nonprofit capacity building work.

The Terry McAdam Book Award commemorates the work of inspirational nonprofit colleague Terry W. McAdam, who devoted his professional life to improving the nonprofit management field and urged those in the capacity-building field to write about our experiences to help improve the sector. More about the award, past winners, committee members, and selection criteria can be found here. Read more about Mr. McAdam below.

Read about our 2019 winner here! All past book award winners can be found below.

Submit your book nominations  here .

Please help us spread the word by sharing this opportunity on your social networks! #McAdamBookAward


Through the Terry McAdam Book Award, thousands of technical assistance providers and hundreds of thousands of nonprofit staff and board members benefit from the very best thinking and ideas in nonprofit management and governance. To be eligible for the award, books must meet the following criteria: 

a. Specifically address issues of nonprofit management, capacity building, management consulting, or advancement of the 501c3 nonprofit sector. 
b. Be a first edition published in 2020 or 2019. For a book published in 2019 to be eligible, this must be its first nomination (i.e., the book could not have been nominated last year). 
c. Must be actively marketed to the national nonprofit community or a specific nonprofit community. 
d. Academic textbooks, books authored by Alliance Board members, and books authored by McAdam Book Award Committee members are not eligible and will not be considered. 
e. Be available in print, electronic, or pdf form. 
f. Must have a price point (i.e., be available for purchase, not a free publication). 

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 15, 2020. Finalists will be notified in August.

 

Call for Nominations: 2020 Terry McAdam Book Award

Nominations due Friday, May 15, 2020

 

Each year, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management reviews books published in the nonprofit sector and awards the  Terry McAdam Book Award . The Alliance Book Award Committee is seeking nominations of the most inspirational and useful new books that bridge research and practice and make a substantial contribution to the nonprofit field.

To submit a book nomination, complete this short nomination form  here . Multiple nominations are accepted, please use a different form for each book submission.

Finalists will be notified in August .

Please help us spread the word by sharing this opportunity on your social networks! #McAdamBookAward

 

Interested in serving on the 2020 Terry McAdam Book Award Committee?

 

Each year, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management brings together a Committee to review books published in the nonprofit sector and selects the Terry McAdam Book Award. The Alliance Book Award Committee participants help select nominations of the most inspirational and useful new books that bridge research and practice and make a substantial contribution to the nonprofit field.


Expectations:

Committee Members use their sector expertise in capacity building and nonprofit management to assess and analyze the books based on specific criteria and serve a maximum of a three-year term. Committee participants must be a current member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

 

Activities include:


- Participate in 4-6 committee meetings 
- Read 4-6 books (early summer) and rate them using provided criteria
- Read 2-4 books to select the final winner (late summer) and rate them using provided criteria              
- Other options include: promoting the call for nominations, outreach to publishers, etc.
 

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Interested? Please contact 2020 Committee Chair, Anne Jin Soo Preston, at terrymcadam@allianceonline.org .


2020 Committee

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers serving on the 2020 committee. Their expertise ensures the highest-quality selection process and award recipient.

Anne Jin Soo Preston, Chair
Principal and Founder
Sahng Sahng, LLC

Philip Arca
Principal
Arca & Associates

John Brothers
President
T. Rowe Price Foundation

Mary Bear Hughes
Senior Consultant
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Emmanuelle Jarmon
Principal
Jarmon Consulting

Rebecca Joseph
Principal
Rebecca Joseph Consulting

Aria Campione-Lind
Principal and CEO
Aria Strategies, LLC

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

Renee Rubin Ross
Principal 
Renee Rubin Ross Consulting

 

 

 

 

 


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 2019

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

2018

The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector by Mary Kay Gugerty and Dean Karlan

  2019 Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace by China Brotsky, Sarah M. Eisinger, and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan. The committee also awarded Honorable Mentions to: Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva and Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women's Philanthropy by Kathleen E. Loehr.