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New Berman Book – “Making a Difference: The Management and Governance of Nonprofit Enterprises” – Written to Guide Nonprofit Leaders
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (May 28, 2010) – Today’s unprecedented and challenging business climate is forcing professional and volunteer leaders of nonprofit enterprises to improve skill sets to continue their mission-driven work. Many leaders would benefit from baseline explanations on topics including governance, committees, planning and strategy, human resources, succession and transition management, and public trust, and would enjoy access to adaptable templates that will improve odds of organizational survival.
Howard Berman, after years as the lead staff member of a multibillion-dollar nonprofit health insurer and also an active volunteer for other nonprofits, provides tools, templates and training materials in “Making a Difference: The Management and Governance of Nonprofit Enterprises” (2010).
“Nonprofit enterprises are extraordinary organizations, accomplishing both what business will not do and what society does not want government to do,” Berman said. “They are organizations created for purposes other than profits. To manage these enterprises well is a challenge worthy of society’s best and brightest leaders.”
“Making a Difference” provides a working guidebook to both students and nonprofit leaders, to successfully manage and govern nonprofit enterprises. It is written as a text for students in nonprofit management certificate or degree programs, and is also a practical resource guide for management and board leaders who must direct their organizations in today’s environment. Berman’s book includes 140 pages of appendices that show the reader how to manage meeting, hire staff, fundraise – and those documents are available to anyone who owns a copy of the book by e-mailing
“Making a Difference has been written to help those who have the opportunity to lead and govern nonprofit enterprises—both today and in the future—to make a difference,” Berman said.
“Making a Difference is a landmark book in nonprofit governance,” said Diane M. Howard, Ph.D., FACHE, Assistant Professor, Health Systems Management, Rush University Medical Center. “It is unique in that it applies academic knowledge to the real world of governance while instructing the reader on how good governance is conducted. This is the way students of management science should be taught. With clear and concise reporting, the book provides a treasure of information for voluntary board members.”
“This is something special, combining concept and practice into an actionable amalgam,” said Karyl Mammano, Director, Nonprofit Management Education, Center for Community Engagement, also Faculty Member, Accounting, Finance and MIS, St. John Fisher College.
“Berman is the unusual practitioner, able to link overarching theory to step by step practice,” said Thomas F. Toole, Sr. Adjunct Instructor, Department of Community & Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester, and Former Senior Vice President, United Way of Greater Rochester.
For more information and to order “Making a Difference: The Management and Governance of Nonprofit Enterprises,” go to or call 1 (847) 724-9280.
# # # WHAT: “Making a Difference: The Management and Governance of Nonprofit Enterprises,” written by Howard Berman.
* Paperback, 436 pages * Publisher: CCE Publications, a project of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
* Publication Date: Spring 2010 * ISBN: 0615346561 * ISBN-13: 978-0-615-34656-4
* DOI: 10.5126/0615346561
* Single Copies: $32.00 (plus shipping), multiple copy and group/academic/book store pricing also available
* How to Order:
* Online: Go to to order via credit card or PayPal account
* By Telephone: Call 1 (847) 724-9280 and provide credit card information
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“Making a Difference”
Table of Contents
Part I - Foundation
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Meeting Community Needs: Managing Nonprofit Enterprises
Chapter 3: The Community Sector
Chapter 4: The Corporation
Part II - Governance
Chapter 5: Governance
Chapter 6: Board Structure
Chapter 7: Board Committees
Chapter 8: Board Leadership
Part III - Management: Planning and Execution 
Chapter 9: Planning and Strategy
Chapter 10: Operational Planning
Chapter 11: Implementation and Oversight
Part IV - Management and Governance Challenges
Chapter 12: Capital Formation
Chapter 13: Human Resources: Volunteers and Paid Staff
Chapter 14: Succession Management
Chapter 15: Transition Management
Chapter 16: The Public’s Trust
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Howard Berman is the Chairman of The Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College. In April 2003 he retired as CEO of Lifetime Healthcare Companies, the parent company of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a position he held since 1985. Berman is the author of A Great Board: Building and Enhancing Nonprofit Boards (Health Research & Educational Trust, 2003) and co-author with Lewis E. Weeks of Shapers of American Health Care Policy: An Oral History (Health Administration Press, 1985) and Financial Management of Hospitals (Health Administration Press, eight editions, 1972-95). He has chaired, served on and reported to numerous boards.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: CCE Publications is a project of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. CCE Publications and its website ( were created to facilitate production and dissemination of content tied to practical thoughts on nonprofit management and governance topics.  Proceeds from purchases through CCE Publications are used to support the efforts of the Partnership.
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