“Isaac Castillo’s essay has been immensely helpful in my work with philanthropists in emphasizing the importance of measurement. The example is perfect for communicating why philanthropists must know at minimum that they are doing no harm (which is sometimes more compelling than knowing they are making a difference…) And how will they know that if they don’t measure!”
“Morinos book succeeds because it effectively engages the reader, causing one to ponder application of managing to outcomes to ones own work in the nonprofit worldbe it running an organization, grantmaking or consulting with nonprofits.”
“Reading the book has truly brought me much happiness…. My rating: Five out of five…. It is fantastic, and I agree with Geoffrey Canada A must-read for nonprofit leaders.”
Philanthropist Mario Morino, along with a host of prominent nonprofit leaders, puts forth the convincing argument that the difficult challenges created by mounting budgetary pressures at all levels of government compel the social sector to become clearer in their goals, more deliberate in defining methodology, more willing to admit mistakes and more adaptable all while keeping an unrelenting focus on improving lives.
The weekend is reserved for reading every word of Morinos manifesto, but heres one bit that jumped out in yesterdays quick flip-through: Isaac Castillo urges nonprofits to ensure theyre providing the best services to the recipients.
Mario Morino makes a strong case for why nonprofits need to be clearer about their goals and more rigorous in gauging their progress.
“It can be hard to define what success means to you…. In his wise and highly readable new book Leap of Reason, Mario Morino explores practical ways to measure results.”
“Every now and then, something towers above the noise with uncommon wisdom…. The justifiably renowned From Good to Great is such a read…. Now comes along Leap of Reason…. The publishers and writers are quite serious about getting this excellent resource in the hands of as many nonprofits as possible.”
“Leap of Reason could legitimately serve as a text book in the training of those who would be and/or are current execs. It should be considered as a tool for helping execs prepare their Board Chairs for leading.
“Leap of Reason … is a wakeup call for those who have been resistant to measurement.”
“If youre a Non-Profit Leader who is passionate about the change that youve set out to accomplish … this is a quick and easy MUST READ…. [Leap of Reason] will inspire you as well as leave you with some functional tools to start doing what you do, even better!
“Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason [is] a book which is not only destined to be viewed in the long term as a seminal contribution to the field, but which has, within only a few short weeks, made its way across much of the nonprofit sector In this book, Mario collected his thoughts and put it all down on paper in an irrefutable argument for results-based thinking, management, and practice in the nonprofit space…Leap of Reason is a book that every nonprofit leader should read.”
What leadership books are at the top of your summer reading list? Here are my five 5. Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino. Given that federal agencies can often have difficulty measuring their outcomes, Morinos book offers a simple approach for helping federal managers identify critical measures and learn from results.
“Mario Morino … has eloquently and forcefully argued for the need of nonprofits and its philanthropic community to embrace a management to outcomes framework…. In our limited but growing experience, it is exhilarating when our partners … need not assume but can actually see how our individual and collective efforts are making a real measurable difference.
“Leap of Reason is unusual among books about measuring results for nonprofits in that it is brief and practical…. Mr. Morino recognizes that measuring results is only a means to an end and urges readers never to confuse measurement with mission.”
Leap of Reason is full of valuable insights about a sector that is increasingly important. [The book] is a must read for all involved in the non-profit organisations.”
“This short book is a great starting point for understanding the importance of nonprofits managing to outcomes. It also has a great list of resources to take you further down the road….
“Leap of Reason is a terrific resource for nonprofit managers and board members, as well as social entrepreneurs, foundation leaders and informed individual donors…. As a consultant who often works on strategic plans and development roadmaps, I particularly value the savvy framework section and will undoubtedly use some of the key questions and models there in my work.
“Just finished Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason. Now have a guide for how Playworks is creating our measurements for impact. Thanks Mario!”
“Leap of Reason should be sent to every county executive in the country…. Every elected official that deals with nonprofits should read it.”
“I started reading it out of a sense of obligation and quickly became engaged by your straightforward prose. I read it in one sitting. Not many nonprofit books have that power–at least, over me!
“The book is an important leap forward in helping nonprofits effect meaningful, measurable, and sustainable change. Its messages on managing for impact apply similarly to the running of our federal, state, and municipal agencies.”
I believe this message is as important for local governments as it is for nonprofits.
An excellent combination of sage advice and ‘how to implement’ tactics, Leap of Reason, while written for nonprofit leaders, is fully applicable to the for-profit world. In particular, the chapters on culture, change, and reason should be required reading for all serious executives.”
“What I have come to love about Mario Morino on metrics is the passion with which he drives power down the line to the nonprofit leaders and to the communities served.”
“I just want to share how much I enjoyed your outstanding book. At the Jewish Federation, we have moved over the past 3 years much more into defining goals and measuring outcomes, but it is not easy. You provided new insights about why this is critical and ways to attack it.
Leap of Reason is an important guide for the social sector. Its a quick read but it gets us thinking in profound ways about how to collect and use information to gain the results we seek.
My team and I have been using Leap of Reason as a guide for our evaluation work with schools and districts around the nation. Your book provides clarity that is critical to measuring outcomes effectively and improving teaching and learning.”
“In this environment of shrinking dollars and increasing complexity, Leap of Reason, provides an excellent road map to help social sector executives focus on the highest and best use of their precious resources. Without the disciplined approach Morino outlines, it will be almost impossible for nonprofits to make meaningful progress and, frankly, tell their story effectively.
I have included Leap of Reason on the syllabus for my graduate course on nonprofit management, because it provides critical information about performance management in a straightforward, thoughtful, and compelling way. I recommend to other professors that they include the book in their courses. Best of all, it’s available to students for free online.
“Have you ever read a book that so clearly, concisely, and compellingly distilled an issue, you just felt the need to share it? Recently, I encountered such a book … Leap of Reason…
“The release of Leap of Reason could not have come at a better time for Saint Lukes Foundation. We have used your book to inform a complete re-design of our approach to grantmaking and outcomes/learning.”
A successful entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial philanthropist, Mario delivers an emphatic message in this valuable monograph: A highly disciplined managerial approach is absolutely essential if nonprofits are to produce the demonstrable and sustainable impact that all desire.
As I read this book, I kept wanting to shout out, Amen! Finally someone argues so clearly why understanding if a social solution is working is not a luxury or a nice to have but rather an absolute necessity for our new reality.
“I have been actively working in the non-profit world for the last 4 years after a 26 year career in industry, primarily at the executive level. As I read your book, I found myself nodding and grinning…. So much of what you advocate is what I have experienced in industry working with or creating high-performance organizations.”
“Our Leadership team read Leap of Reason together, chapter by chapter, in our monthly team meetings. Our leaders are incorporating the principles they learned in the new action plans they are writing. Im very excited to see the impact this will have on the men, women, and children we serve!”
“I read it in one night and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is it…. All our program managers and vice presidents, we’re all reading the book.”
As Mario Morino of Venture Philanthropy Partners argues in his important new book, Leap of Reason, Every ounce of our effort on assessing social outcomes should be with one end in mind: helping nonprofits deliver greater benefits to those they serve.
“The book is a must read for anyone who cares about impact…. Indeed, Leap of Reason should be the first assignment in the foundation-grantees book club.”
“[Morino] is among the best I know at imagining what can be, but without that comprising his ability to see things as they are. His new book, LEAP OF REASON, is a powerful summation of much of what hes learned.
Morino’s book offers practical advice on one of the most difficult challenges facing donors and nonprofit leadersmeasuring success…. Leap of Reason is a concise guide to help donors get and stay focused on the results they seek.
Mario Morino’s book, Leap of Reason, is the clearest articulation of how and why we should be thinking hard about data, information and learning in order to do what we do. I think we’re beginning to reinvent the core elements of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector…. Leap of Reason is much more pragmatic than the abstract, long term reinvention that I’m watching occur.
“Any list of effective venture philanthropists should include Mario Morino…. [His] short book struck a chord because it wrestles honestly with the need that any responsible giver faces to measure impact and the difficulty of doing that right.
“The beauty of Leap of Reason is its clarity…. The book has hit a home run in the nonprofit community.”
“Spending cuts will cause a crisis in the social sector that ’will have an impact on almost every non-profit [organisation] in America, whether or not it receives government funds,’ writes Mario Morino, a veteran philanthropist, in ’Leap of Reason’, one of three new books that address the same thorny question of how to not merely give, but to give well…. The books draw examples from the many years the authors have spent promoting better philanthropy, and are all worth reading.”
I thought your talk was one of the most important ones Ive heard in a long time. I agree that the human services sector is facing unprecedented challenges, but I had based that primarily on the cuts in public funding that are surely coming our way and secondarily on a slow and uncertain economic recovery. The new and unsettling message in your remarks was that technology is so cheap and effective that it is creating a nation that is simultaneously highly productive and harboring a large class of permanently unemployed people. This kind of entrenched income inequality is fundamentally antithetical to everything we prize in our society.
Ive not only read the book, Im using it in my fall class on social entrepreneurship. Its terrific. Well organized, well argued, entirely accessible to experts, givers, and start-ups.
“Mario Morino wrote a little book that has had a big impact… . The book is a bracing call to arms.”
“Fans rave about the book as if it’s a spine-tingling bestseller.
“After Morinos keynote, a large contingent of nonprofit executives at the Assembly meeting committed themselves to the kind of bold reinvention’ that he said is so urgent. The question now is, what are you as a corporate leader going to do to help?