May 12, 2021
From the Foreword, provided by Susan Kenny Stevens:
Mike Stone’s book, and its practical, nuanced approach, arrives on the scene just as nonprofits face one of the most challenging times in recent history. Navigating the future, near- and longer-term, is what this book is about.
For his lifecycle framework, Stone uses my book Nonprofit Lifecycles, Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, published in 2002. With his book, Mike Stone brings a profound appreciation of lifecycle theory to the subject of nonprofit strategy. This is the first written work I have seen that codifies and couples lifecycle theory with strategic planning.
It’s been nearly twenty years since I wrote Nonprofit Lifecycles. Back then, I had no idea whether it would stand the test of time. Yet here we are twenty years later with sales still steady, and demand continuing. I predict this same kind of shelf-life for Stone’s book. It will be a timeless gift to the nonprofit sector.
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