Book Reviews

How can More Than Just Money and Linking Mission to Money help you? See what others are saying about Allen’s books.

Praise for Linking Mission to Money: 2nd Edition

"It was among the best retreats I've ever attended for any organization. This book is a must-read for the President and CFO of any not-for-profit organization." (more)
Artie Isaac
Executive Coach/Group Chair, Vistage International
"Just the section on "Building a Mission-Focused Budget" would be worth the investment in Linking Mission to Money, the best resource for board member I've read in a long time. Principled, informed, mission-focused governance is well served by this indispensable handbook for social sector, nonprofit boards. Thank you, Allen Proctor."
Frances Hesselbein
Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute (formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation)
"Linking Mission to Money is the book we have been waiting for. It takes nonprofit finance and lays it out in a way that is smart, strategic and straightforward. No one should serve on a nonprofit board without it."
Mary McCormick
President, Fund for City of New York
"Proctor's demystifying book is important, and he argues powerfully that while budgets, projections, and fiscal prudence are essential, we must never forget the higher aspirations in our institutions."
Jeremy Knowles
Former Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
"Perfect fit into this training program for mid-career managers at distinguished New York City arts organizations…Just the right practical attention to budgets as a tool in identifying priorities and serving mission."
Ed Henry
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Faculty Member, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
"Stewardship of financial resources is a key board responsibility. Allen Proctor shows, clearly and simply, how to exercise that responsibility. He provides and excellent set of tools for evaluating financial performance without jargon or unnecessary complexity."
Lawrence R. Ladd
National Director, Higher Education Practice, Grant Thornton LLP
"The transition to being a not for profit board member is fraught with uncertainty regarding roles and responsibilities. Allen Proctor has provided the new and experience board member with a treasure trove of insights..." (more)
Leonard Schlesinger
Vice Chairman, Limited Brands, Inc.
"Linking Mission to Money is an indispensible guide on how to make budgets and other financial tools work for non-profit organizations. Allen Proctor has done a wonderful job of describing how to link budget decisions to organizational goals." (more)
William J. Shkurti
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, The Ohio State University
"Proctor provides trustees with advice for participating in the financial managements of a nonprofit group without becoming overwhelmed by financial statements and other minutiae."
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
"The book offers tips on how to review an organization's priorities, how to better match the budget to those priorities, how to make sure the money is spent properly, and how to prepare for bad financial times."
The Columbus Dispatch
"This is an excellent reference book. [Allen Proctor] is a national figure in the area of nonprofit governance and taught at Harvard University as well as Columbia University. The book provides a balance between the conceptual and the practical while not drowning in numbers. That is an impressive accomplishment for a book about finance."
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Praise for More Than Just Money

Praise from across the globe! Check out the More Than Just Money review from The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of Switzerland's oldest publications.

"Das Motto der Nonprofits: Gutes tun statt Gewinn maximieren - (wie) funktioniert das?"
Seitenweise Wirtschaft
Sendung vom 1. Juli 2011
"Economist and consultant Allen J. Proctor offers clear strategies for operating a modern nonprofit organization. He invites nonprofits to take a deeper, more 'provocative' look at their fundamental structures and systems, and he provides specific, concrete methods for improving them...getAbstract recommends this professional, managerial analysis of how to keep your nonprofit fiscally sound while achieving its altruistic goals."
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"His book provides fresh perspective on a needed shift in the management and operation of nonprofits...Readers will be pleased with the book's ability to address the major issues faced by nonprofits in less than 250 pages. The book is well suited to its intended audience."
Andrew Clancy
Senior Editor, Soundview Executive Book
"This is a book that everyone involved with nonprofit organizations will find both useful and inspiring. More Than Just Money provides invaluable information, practical steps and provocative lessons to increase the probability of success for your organization."
E. Gordon Gee
President, The Ohio State University
"This is a critical read, not just for non-profit executives, but for every C-suite executive in the for-profit sector."
Don DePerro
President and Publisher, Columbus Business First
"...basic and inspirational for all of us in the nonprofit world...A primer to help boards and staffs adapt to the new climate of perpetual change. Brilliant!"
Bill Conner
President and CEO, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts
"Board members and nonprofit managers and their staff should read this book...the insights are profound."
Michael Gonsiorowski
Regional President, PNC
"County and City government sponsors prefer to contract with successful and sustainable nonprofits to meet critical community needs. Proctor is spot-on..."
Don L. Brown
Franklin County Administrator
"More Than Just Money is a valuable gift to all who care about improving the performance of our indispensable nonprofit organizations."
Mike Curtin
Publisher Emeritus, Columbus Dispatch
"From his emphasis on the need for partnership between boards and management, to aligning spending with mission, to motivating the modern donor, [Allen] conveys unusual breadth of knowledge and insight."
Seth Patton
Vice President and CFO, Denison University
"In this valuable book, Allen's expertise is blended with his passion for a healthy nonprofit sector- one of the clearest roadmaps for improvement you will find anywhere."
Douglas F. Kridler
President and CEO, The Columbus Foundation
"More Than Just Money clearly delineates what strategic changes boards , nonprofit leadership and the funder community must make for the nonprofit sector to excel in meeting the community needs of the future."
Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher
CEO and President of HandsOn Central Ohio (formerly FirstLink)
"Allen J. Proctor's More Than Just Money is an incredibly valuable, succinct and accessible "how to" for nonprofit board executives, philanthropists, development professionals and community leaders..." (more)
Abigail S. Wexner
Chair, Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence
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