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Strategy Making In Nonprofit Organizations: What Business Tools To Adopt and Avoid

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  PT
In-person | San Francisco, CA

Have you ever had a board member or donor from the business world ask you about the market share or business case of your nonprofit organization? Do you sometimes feel pressured into adopting business practices that do not serve you well, just because the donors or board members insist?  As a board member, do you wish that the nonprofits you support would incorporate best practices from the successful businesses that you know? 

Based on three years of research and over four decades of combined experience in business and nonprofit organizations, the presenters will share their findings about what business practices to adopt and what to avoid – illustrated in their recent book, Strategy Making For Non-Profit Organizations: A Model and Case Studies. Using case studies, you will learn about organizations that have faced these pressures, and find out what strategies worked and didn’t.  You will also have a chance to apply these lessons to real organizations and nonprofit leaders and develop strategies for your own organization.  

Attendees will learn how to modify business practices to make them relevant and applicable to the nonprofit context, and thus to build constructive relationship between the board and management to collaborate towards achieving their shared mission.  

Executive directors, board members, and business-minded nonprofit supporters are encouraged to come and join this critical conversation.


About the authors:

Jyoti Bachani is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Saint Mary’s College of California. She earned a Phd in Strategy and International Business from London Business School and Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She has several years of experience as a strategy consultant to large corporations. 

Mary Vradelis is a consultant with over 20 years of experience with dozens of nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing management & leadership training, coaching, and retreat facilitation for long-term stability and growth. Mary has two graduate degrees, including a Master’s in Art Therapy and an MBA from Saint Mary’s college of California.


To purchase Strategy Making In Nonprofit Organizations:  A Model and Case Studies you can go to: and mention the code: BAC2013 for a 15% discount until December 31st

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