The Applied Wisdom for Nonprofits program includes a range of trainings and tools, all built around Jim Morgan’s immensely popular booklet, Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector.

You can order complimentary copies of the booklet for yourself, for your team, and your friends and colleagues. We also offer the print booklet as an ebook and audiobook. We have a weekly newsletter. The Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector Course is an 8-part self-paced online course which includes both videos and exercises. And there are a range of supplementary tools.

All of the material on this site is offered without cost and without obligation by Jim Morgan, as a way of giving back to the nonprofit community. In fact you are encouraged to share and adapt any of the text, audio or video tools on this site (in accordance with the Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/).

The Booklet

8 Practical Insights

Request a free print copy or copies for your team.  We will pack and ship at no cost to you.  You can also get the ebook and/or audiobook versions instantly by downloading.

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The Course

This 8-part self-paced online course includes both videos and exercises.

Take the full course and get a certificate or browse each of the modules

Tools

Supplemental materials to help you make the most of our leadership program

Explore our tools freely available to you to supplement your leadership and management learning.

Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector Booklet

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Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector

8 Practical Insights Learning Modules

Cultivating Culture

Cultivating Culture is about the impact and importance of culture. This module will provide you with specific steps you can take to intentionally shape your organization’s culture to optimize its reputation, resilience, and impact.
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Respect & Trust Your People

Respect and Trust Your People is about how a culture of fundamental trust and respect is essential for every organization. By the end of this module, you will have specific tools and practices for building and expressing respect and trust across a diverse organization, and the surprising thing to look for before extending a job offer to any candidate.
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Bad News is Good News

Bad News is Good News is about the power of discovering problems early and often. By the end of this module, you will have reflected on your own relationship to bad news. You will have new practices for early problem detection, and a perspective on how discussing bad news with your board can deepen ties and strengthen your organization.
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Develop Court Sense

Develop Court Sense will teach you how to identify driving forces outside of your organization, and how to manage the change that comes in adapting to these external factors. By the end of this module, you will have your own list of external factors to monitor, and a tool for communicating externally-driven changes within your organization.
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The Whole Job

The Whole Job is about committing to build your organization’s capacity, and then funding that commitment. By the end of this module, you will have an overview of infrastructure elements, a priority list for which elements you want to develop next in your organization, and an understanding of what motivates funders to give capacity-building grants.
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Prioritize & Focus

Prioritize and Focus is about setting and sticking to a small set of priorities. By the end of this module, you will have a clear idea of your top priorities and processes, and of how to work with your board to continually refine and reaffirm these. Your ability to keep your organization on track is a core leadership skill.
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Book it and Ship it

Book It and Ship It is about one of the biggest leadership hurdles — moving ideas into action. By the end of this module, you will have a clear picture of when to move ideas into action and how to manage the inevitable bumps in the road of implementation.
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Who Owns the Monkey

Who Owns the Monkey is about accountability and empowerment. By the end of this module, you will have a framework for holding accountability conversations with your employees, and you will have your own set of ideas for how to use structure and processes as foundations for your nonprofit’s accountability culture.
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Free Online Course

Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector online course.
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Supplemental Toolkits for each of the 8 practical insights

Cultivating Culture Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Cultivating Culture.
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Respect & Trust Your People Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Respect and Trust Your People.
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Bad News is Good News Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Bad News is Good News.
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Develop Court Sense Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Develop Court Sense.
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The Whole Job Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter The Whole Job.
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Prioritize & Focus Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Prioritize and Focus.
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Book it and Ship it Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Book It and Ship It.
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Who Owns the Monkey Toolkit

A complete set of tools to accompany the chapter Who Owns the Monkey.
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Additional Tools for Leaders

100 Definitive Morganisms

Over 100 concise management maxims collected by Jim Morgan throughout his life and career.
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My Applied Wisdom Reading Notes ​

A worksheet designed to let you record reactions and thoughts about each of the individual insights.

Skill Reflection & Development​

A series of worksheets, to help identify your professional development priorities and create a focus for your growth.​

My Collection of Management Tips​

A worksheet to help you start your personal collection of maxims and catchphrases.

A Dozen Morganisms for Mentors & Mentees​

12 Morganisms that can help both mentors and mentees

18 Fundraising Truisms​

Fundraising insights PDF

Collaboration in the Northern Sierra​

A ground-breaking collaboration among five nonprofits, catalyzed by foundation and donor partners.​
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