Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles

by John Brothers and Anne Sherman


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  • Learn how to anticipate and manage change in your organization for greater stability.
  • Recognize the importance of identifying where your nonprofit lies within the organizational lifecycle framework and understand how you can weather each transition.
  • Benefit from the authors’ blend of numerous lifecycle models and practices so you can prepare for your organization’s approaching challenges.
  • Investigate what is behind a successful nonprofit through the authors’ discussion of each organizational phase.


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About the Author

John Brothers is a recognized leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena with over 20 years of sector experience and is a national expert in the field of executive leadership, nonprofit effectiveness, sustainability, and assisting organizations in both organizational growth and decline. Brothers has a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, an MPA in nonprofit management from NYU, and an MBA in public policy from American Public University. He is a popular source and prolific writer and blogger for numerous sector publications and national news media. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in social welfare policy at Rutgers University and in nonprofit management at NYU. You can find him at, where he is the principal of his consulting firm.

Anne Sherman is the vice president of nonprofit strategy at Growth Philanthropy Network. Before GPN, she was the director of strategy at TCC Group, a consultancy that assists nonprofits, foundations and corporate community involvement programs. Prior to TCC Group, she was community initiatives manager at Minneapolis Way To Grow, a citywide school-readiness initiative. Sherman holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of the governing body of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and as a member of the board of SCO Family of Services. She also serves on the selection committee of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Sherman can be reached at

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