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Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

July 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Nonprofit organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate impact and that the funds raised to operate their organizations are maximized and used effectively. This book demonstrates how to create a culture of learning (intentional learning from reflection and feedback focused on successes and failures) that will lead to ongoing performance measurement and improvement. Because nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and are focused on mission, not money, it is critical for them to create a culture in which learning is a motivator for change.

The book breaks down learning into four levels: individual, team, whole organization and community. Learning at each of these levels is described and then specific tools are presented. The tools are hands-on and practical, which facilitate reflection and feedback.

Chapter 1. Need for a Learning Culture
Chapter 2. Barriers to a Learning Culture
Chapter 3. Creating a Learning Culture
Chapter 4. Individual Learning
Chapter 5. Team Learning
Chapter 6. Whole Organization Learning
Chapter 7. Community Learning
Chapter 8: Learning From Evaluation
Chapter 9: Using Models to Facilitate Learning
Chapter 10: Summary
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"Gill’s book is a basic primer for managers who are highly motivated to create a vibrant culture of learning. Gill does and excellent job of summarizing research regarding the elements of successful instructor led training activities. The importance of Gill’s book is that it clearly conceptualizes “learning culture” and offers straightforward approaches to moving toward this goal."

Dee Wilson
University of Washington

I was looking for a more recent textbook that examined the development of a learning culture.

Professor Denise Sommers
College Of Educ Human Services, Univ Of Illinois-Springfield
February 23, 2016

quite interesting for some of my students and I continously recommend the book for student's assignment and MA thesis

and very relevant for my own research

Professor Linda Andersen
Department of Psychology and Education, Roskilde University
August 22, 2012

Great connection to learning organization theory and upcoming evaluation course.

Dr Cynthia MacGregor
Educational Admin Dept, Missouri State University
September 13, 2010

Well presented and accessibly written. Good checklists and charts making it very useful for the pracitioner. Although written by an American it is relevant here in the UK. Particularly liked the self reflection worksheet on p64 - a development on usual evaluation forms. Learning from evaluation chapter also useful for research methods teaching

Would be good to have diagrams available on the internet so you can use them in teaching rather than needing to scan them. Would also have been good to see more web references for further research online.

Dr Sally Nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
September 6, 2010

The book is very useful for part of this course and hence I will recommend it and use other references for the remainder of the program. In general these are articles rather than books.

Professor Jill Wilson
Social Work , University of Queensland
November 12, 2009

Does not apply to general Human Resource Management class.

Professor Pamela Sigafoose
MacArthur School of Leadership, Palm Beach Atlantic University
November 11, 2009

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