The Nonprofit Book of Awesome
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The Nonprofit Book of Awesome

25 Tips to Achieve Greater Mission Impact and Personal Fulfillment

About the Book

Awesome Sauce (n.): The tasty topping through which nonprofit professionals achieve greater mission impact and personal fulfillment.

Nonprofit professionals, awesomize yourself with this book. If you want to achieve mission impact and personal fulfillment, this is the tool and inspiration to get it done.

The book gives you 25 projects you can launch in a week or less in the domains of:

  • Personal Growth
  • Productivity
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Organizational Operations
  • Board Governance


Within minutes of reading The Non-Profit Book of Awesome: 25 Tips to Achieve Greater Mission Impact and Personal Fulfillment, I began using some of the ideas about how to advance my organization and myself. Author John Fulwider's innate zest and zeal is contagious. I'm already lining up the ingredients for my Awesome Sauce. Ole!—Sharon Wherry, president, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools

You really can read this book in an hour or so. By Chapter Three, I got up and grabbed my handy Moleskine journal and wrote a few notes of things I knew I could do to make my work and life more impactful and more efficient.—Clover Frederick, founder, Fundraiser and Marketer on a Mission

About the Author

John M. Fulwider, Ph.D.
John M. Fulwider, Ph.D.

Professional communicator John Fulwider helps nonprofit chief executives advance their strategic visions through everyday conversations. Combining coaching, teaching, and training, John works exclusively with high-achieving CEOs who want their leadership teams and boards rowing in the same direction. He is a sought-after speaker and the not-yet-bestselling author of five books, including Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy and Fall in Love (with the Mission) and Everyday Strategic Conversations: How Top Nonprofit CEOs Get Their Teams and Boards Rowing in the Same Direction.

John works primarily with community-development organizations and foundations, and those that mainly serve children. Some recent clients include alt.Consulting, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, NeighborWorks Lincoln, NeighborWorks America, and West Central Initiative.

John’s clients have included:

Child-Focused: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Child Advocacy Center, Hope Center for Kids

Economic Development: alt.Consulting, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Goodwill Industries

Foundations: Heartland Council of Community Foundations, Kearney Area Community Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Nebraska Community Foundation, West Central Initiative

Health Care: Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, Bryan Health, Nebraska Optometric Association

Housing and Community Development: Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks America, NeighborWorks Lincoln

Higher Education: South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Other: Human Services Federation, KZUM 89.3 FM, Lincoln American Marketing Association, Lincoln Arts Council, Lincoln’s Young Professionals Group

John is also a happy husband, a proud papa, a fun-loving foodie, and an advocate of alliteration. He has lived and traveled all over the world. He is a passionate foodie who can suggest what to eat, and where, in an impressive number of cities. While he charges a lot for his other services, his advice on eating out is always free.

John previously taught political science at the university level and wrote about politics for various newspapers. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Five things you might not otherwise know about John:

  • His favorite cuisines are Ethiopian, German, and Indian, in that order.
  • He once completed a five-rappel descent off Cat in the Hat in the dark, without a headlamp.
  • He’s a redhead whose hair has gone dark. (Sad.)
  • He still has the rock he used to (slowly) chip ice out of the wheel wells (all four!) of his Geo Metro one particularly wintry day in Boulder, Colorado, circa 1996.
  • He adores functional public transportation systems with an abiding passion.

Table of Contents

  • Copyright Notices and Disclaimers
  • Affiliate Links
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • The Recipe for Awesome Sauce
  • Cooking Up the Awesome Sauce
  • How to Use This Book
  • Personal Growth
  • Form an Inner Circle of Advisers
  • Why a circle of advisers?
  • Identify your inner circle
  • Schedule regular meetings with them
  • Ensure you’re giving way more value
  • How this works in my life
  • Discussion Questions
  • Join or Form a Mastermind Group
  • How It Works
  • How to Make It Happen
  • Discussion Questions
  • Attend Professional Conferences
  • Discussion Questions
  • Be a Better Leader without Reading (Listen to Podcasts!)
  • Podcasts summarize books for you
  • Podcast players are time machines
  • Podcasts are the only way you can effectively multitask
  • Podcasts I find helpful
  • Discussion Questions
  • Watch Webinars with Friends and Discuss Them
  • Discussion Questions
  • Write Your Obituary
  • Discussion Question
  • Productivity
  • Use a Priority Matrix
  • Priority Matrix Tool
  • Discussion Questions
  • Check Your Email Twice Daily, Still Be Responsive Where It Matters
  • Disclaimers
  • Batching Other Tasks
  • Discussion Questions
  • Start a Deadline Calendar (Before It’s Too Late!)
  • Discussion Questions
  • Say Yes Less Often
  • The outcomes question
  • The time commitment question
  • Discussion Questions
  • Try on a New Metaphor: Juggling, Not Balancing
  • Discussion Questions
  • Hire an Executive Assistant
  • Benefits of an executive assistant
  • Keys to success
  • Discussion Questions
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Prepare Now for Give to Lincoln Day
  • Discussion Questions
  • Identify Your Business Model
  • Discussion Questions
  • Start Using Constituent Relationship Management Software
  • Discussion Questions
  • Operations
  • Create a Rallying Cry for Better Meetings
  • Discussion Questions
  • Become Great by Choice
  • Fanatic discipline
  • Empirical creativity
  • Productive paranoia
  • Discussion Questions
  • Board Governance
  • Think Strategically at Every Meeting
  • Discussion Questions
  • Don’t Commit the Seven Deadly Sins of Nonprofit Strategy
  • Discussion Questions
  • Magnify Your Board’s Community Outreach
  • First-line advocates: Your board members
  • Empower board members as advocates
  • Discussion Questions
  • Don’t Let the Board President Facilitate Strategic Planning
  • Cheated the board …
  • Hurt the organization
  • Silenced the president
  • Discussion Questions
  • Employ a Strategic Thinking Calendar to Ensure You Think Strategically
  • Discussion Questions
  • Trim Your Mission Statement to Eight Words
  • Discussion Questions
  • Empower Your Event Marketing Committee
  • Vet your committee members
  • Discussion Questions
  • Study Together the 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
  • Discussion Questions
  • Thanks and Acknowledgments
  • Thank You for Buying and Reading
  • Acknowledgements

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