CIS’ Business Practices Praised In a New Book

Communities In Schools has been featured in a new book that highlights best practices in non-profit business operations. The Charismatic Organization: 8 Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors, and Energizes Employees, by Shirley Sagawa and Deb Jospin, cites CIS and a select group of other high performing organizations as examples of nonprofits that consistently draw strong networks of support around themselves. 

The Charismatic Organization recognizes a core strength of the CIS model: using data-driven decision making as a key element of planning.

bookcover“While … vision had shaped the organization’s mission and built a passionate network of supporters, the organization’s shift to using data for decision making increased CIS’s social capital exponentially. First, it became possible for affiliates, national staff, and the board to work together with greater trust and effectiveness. It also drew supporters, schools, and others to the organization.” ~ Sagawa and Jospin, The Charismatic Organization

Communities In Schools is proud to be recognized as a “Charismatic Organization” by Shirley Sagawa and Deb Jospin, principals of sagawa/jospin, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit strategy and policy. For more information about this book, and to read more about how CIS qualifies as a charismatic organization according to Sagawa and Jospin, visit

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