Repair Interview: Darian Rodriguez Heyman talks Nonprofit Management 101

Posted by: on Jul 11, 2011 | Leave a comment

Reposted from WeRepair. Leah Keonig posted her inteview with Darian Rodriguez Heyman about his recent book, his new agency and his connection with Judaism. For RepairLabs readers, the best part is understanding the value of his new book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals.

From Keonig’s interview of Heyman:

I also wanted to take some time off and work on Nonprofit Management 101, which is basically the Craigslist Foundation’s Boot Camps in book form. I knew I didn’t want to leave Craigslist without putting a literal bookend on my time there, encapsulating the experience. So when I left I asked the board chair for permission to work on it as a personal project.

Tell me more about the book.
It’s very practical and very comprehensive. There are a lot of people out there talking about nonprofit strategy from the academic sector. But this book is for people in the field who need practical tips and tools. It includes the voices of 50 different authors about 35 topics from technology to marketing to volunteer management, to working with social media.

What impact do you hope the book has in the long term?
Until now, there has been no one central repository for information across all types of nonprofit management. That’s why boot camp works. I’ve met people all over the world – on ski lifts in Lake Tahoe, and on rivers in Guatemala, who have told me that the boot camps changed their lives. To me, the book is a continuation and expansion of that.

On the topic of nonprofit management, what is one big mistake that nonprofits make with regards to volunteers/service?
I think the very concept of volunteerism is undergoing a revolution. When we think of volunteers from a nonprofit perspective, we think about pouring soup or licking envelopes – basically volunteering has been a great way to get free menial labor. But from baby boomers to Gen Y, people are no longer satisfied with menial volunteer tasks. They want to bring their skills to the table. I think the whole idea of pro bono service is going to expand beyond the legal profession. The challenge is, we need to promote the concept to nonprofits, and help them consider how they could do more with less and leverage community support in an effective way.

Read the rest here.