It has been said the MSW is the new MBA, but to make this a true reality and for social workers to no longer lose ground in obtaining leadership positions, we need to be better equipped with essential business skills to function and thrive. Join us Thursday at 6 PM PDT/ 9 PM EDT for the Social Work and Business #MacroSW chat with Andrew J. Germak, Network for Social Work Management board member, author and professor and founding executive director of the Center for Leadership and Management, at the School of Social Work at Rutgers, we’ll explore:
- The evolving role of the social work manager
- The business skills social work managers must have
- Learning the basics of financial and talent management, board development and relations and marketing
While our time in graduate school teaches us how to think, when you move into the real world your education never stops. Here are some questions we will explore in the #MacroSW chat:
1. Do all social workers need business skills?
2. What is the best way to go about learning these MBA type skills? i.e. accounting, finance, marketing
3. Should I earn an MBA in addition to an MSW degree?
4. How have you seen your role in the social work profession evolve since graduation?
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- Andrew Germak’s book: Essential Business Skills for Social Work Managers
- Ashoka – a global organization supporting and promoting the work of social entrepreneurs and so-called “changemakers” focused on solving complex social problems through innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Stanford Social Innovation Review – a scholarly magazine and website published by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, which include cutting-edge articles on entrepreneurship and innovation in the social sector.
- Financial Management Resources for Nonprofits – The National Council of Nonprofits hosts on its website an expansive listing of nonprofit financial management tools, tips, and resource articles, including those related to budgeting, financial policies, cash flow issues, and internal control practices.
- Nonprofit Finance Fund – a financial advisory firm focused on the nonprofit sector, which publishes the annual State of the Sector surveyon the financial health of the nonprofit sector in the United States.
- BoardSource – an organization that helps develop the capacity of nonprofit boards of directors and executive management teams. Much of BoardSource’s offerings are fee-based, but there is also some useful information available for free on its website.
- Bridgestar – an initiative of the Bridgespan Group, a popular nonprofit sector consultancy, offering articles and tools related to talent acquisition, management, and retention in the nonprofit sector. The website also features a comprehensive job board for open management, board member, and executive positions.
- GuideStar – a clearing house of information related to the U.S. nonprofit sector, including downloadable Internal Revenue Service Form 990s and various free articles related to managing people and other aspects of nonprofit management. Create an account for free to view and download content.
- NonProfit Marketing Blog – a popular blog site sponsored by Network for Good that includes almost daily posts on various topics to help enhance your organization’s marketing strategy.
- Communications Consortium Media Center – a public interest group dedicated to helping nonprofits use media and new technologies effectively.The website includes tips on writing op-ed columns and letters to the editor as well as submission criteria for op-ed and letter submissions to America’s top 100 newspapers.
- The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) – an intermediary venture philanthropy-type organization that funds and helps to develop social enterprises. The website contains business planning and other helpful tools. Registration is free, but necessary to access the tools.
- Compensation Advice for Nonprofits– Pete Smith, former president, CEO, and chairman of Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now known as Towers Watson), a global human resource consulting firm, now runs a boutique consultancy and maintains a blog geared toward nonprofits. A good resource for making compensation decisions for your business plan or otherwise.