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One of today’s most acclaimed books on nonprofit leadership, Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind is a down-to-earth guide to mission-driven leadership. Drawing on his decades of experience as an acclaimed nonprofit leader, Alex Counts offers practical advice on such vital activities as fundraising, team-building, communications, and management. He shows you how to run an organization—and your own life—both effectively and sustainably, giving joyfully to those around you while also caring generously for yourself.


Changing the World was named one of Forbes magazine's 12 Must-Read Books for Nonprofit Employees, and selected as the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Editor's Pick among nonprofit books of 2019. Now it’s available in a revised edition, including a new epilogue on leading in times of crisis, responding to the challenging realities nonprofit leaders have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • "Counts eloquently discusses the dangers of work/life imbalance, how to be a constant learner, the importance of gratitude, and the right time to leave a leadership position. The author's keen insights demonstrate that he took the lessons he learned during his career to heart, accepting his failures while celebrating his successes. . . . Noble and enriching leadership advice."--Kirkus Reviews


    "Offers hard-won insight and guidance to nonprofit workers and leaders committed to living lives of meaning-but not lives of needless stress."-BookLife Reviews


    "A life of service to others and to society can be deeply fulfilling. Anyone who seeks to live a life informed by this insight will benefit from this exceptional, and highly readable, book."--From the Foreword by Professor Muhammad Yunus


    "Do you have an idea that would help others that you don't know how to implement? Are you worn out from working in the nonprofit world without achieving results? This book will give you the confidence and skills you need to make a real difference. Alex Counts has been there and done that. Now he shares his vast experience on how to save yourself while you save others."--Mike Enzi, U.S. Senator (R-WY)


    "Alex brings us insights on social impact with thoughtful reflection and generous advice. With verve and wit, he distills key leadership lessons from his decades of service building one of the great pioneering organizations in the financial inclusion movement."--Michael Schlein, CEO, Accion


    "Remarkably candid, self-reflective, generous, and practical, this book is part memoir, part self-help. Alex is an astute observer whose amazing memory helps him recount his own healing journey in vivid detail, offering stories, lessons, and sage advice that will benefit many readers. You'll love this book, and you'll laugh out loud as you read it!"--Susan Davis, Co-Author, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, Past Chair, Grameen Foundation, and Co-founder, BRAC USA


    "Nonprofit leaders and managers need great mentors. Alex Counts's new book lets you experience conversations with a brilliant mentor whose candid sharing of his mistakes and accomplishments will help you avoid pitfalls and multiply your success."--Sam Daley-Harris, Founder, RESULTS, Microcredit Summit, and Civic Courage


    "Effective social entrepreneurship is both an art and a science. In this book, Alex Counts generously shares what he learned during more than 25 years addressing pressing issues such as poverty. It will be an invaluable resource to the next generation of entrepreneurs, both social and traditional, especially as it addresses not only how to make an impact but also how to ensure that it does not come at great personal cost."--M. R. Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora


    "Alex Counts has led a major organization, taken principled moral stands, and made decisions that have helped humanity on a grand scale. As all-consuming as that is, he has also led a life of balance. If you need to get world-changing things done, but you don't want to ruin your life at the same time, Alex is the perfect person from whom to seek advice."--Mark Levy, Founder of Levy Innovation LLC and author of Accidental Genius

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