Jean Block began her nonprofit career when she was thirteen years old, raising money through a backyard carnival for CARE. She was hooked.

Jean has served as board leader, chief executive, and development director for several local, regional, and national nonprofits. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on nonprofit management, board governance, fundraising, and social enterprise through her two consulting companies, Jean Block Consulting Inc. and Social Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Jean has authored a number of books on nonprofit topics. Jean is the coauthor of The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money! (CharityChannel Press), an essential guide to starting a social enterprise within your nonprofit organization. The step-by-step process in this comprehensive manual offers a tested approach to launching a successful nonprofit social enterprise that builds your organization’s capacity and reduces reliance on traditional but dwindling funding sources. She is also the author of The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles (CharityChannel Press), a fun, upbeat, and down-to-earth manual that walks you through the process of clarifying the roles of the board and staff. If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV you be familiar with the yellow line that’s visible to viewers, but invisible to the players on the field. Using the “invisible yellow line” metaphor, Jean guides you through clarifying roles in governance, management, finance, planning, human resources, resource development, and recruitment.

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Social Enterprise: Why Doesn't Everybody Do It?

Why wouldn’t a nonprofit organization jump at the opportunity to earn unrestricted revenue by launching a social enterprise program? What’s keeping them in the old mode of ‘charity-think’? I am thinking that much of what stands in the way of progressive thinking in the majority of nonprofits is habit. Habit that is reinforced by thinking…

The Baby Bird Syndrome. Whose Fault Is It?

It's a fact. For many nonprofits, funding from traditional sources such as the federal government and even corporate and foundation funders has shrunk or even disappeared. Those organizations that for years and years and years have relied on "renewing the grant" to fund vital programs and services are now faced with the dilemma of finding…