No-Nonsense Non-Profit: Leadership Principles for Church and Charity


(5 customer reviews)

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  • Leadership is for everyone who wants to make the world a better place.
  • You can be a leader!
  • Principles of time-tested wisdom determine how leaders manage their organizations, promotions, mission, performance and leadership development.
  • You will find those principles within the covers of No Nonsense Non-Profit. And you will also find that world-changing leadership is within your grasp.


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Amazon Reviews of No-Nonsense Non-Profit

Practical. Insightful. Pragmatic, but still visionary.

Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2022

By Daniel B. Lyle

As a long-time advocate of Quality Management, I see a lot of that here. I particularly liked the warnings against leadership behaviors that are dangerous in a non-profit environment, detailed and well-illustrated with striking examples. One of these involved “begging” (not what you’re thinking). I was not as impressed with “hiring for the job” rather than a particular mix of applicable but generalizable talents and skills. But his argument did make me think about the topic, indeed to keep thinking about it. That’s the sign of deep expertise from a writer, evident in his long career with leading non-profits. Also, the author’s advice on handling “creative” types was quite interesting and practical. All in all, this is an excellent, well-written book that anyone attempting a leadership role in a non-profit (or any other type of organization) should buy and read carefully. Highly recommended!

Informative and Mind Opening

By Anonymous

Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022

Wow, this book is honestly quite extraordinary. While the title could lead one to believe that the advice and insights presented in this book could only apply to someone operating or working inside a non-profit organization, this is far from the case. In reality, the book covers a considerably wider range, and much of the information presented could be applied to the reader’s daily life. The author did a tremendous job writing this book. Excellent execution from the author with this book, I highly recommend checking it out.

Wow! So much more than the title suggests!

By Karen Brough

Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2022

Wow!! I wasn’t expecting that Peter! Although I don’t run a not-for-profit, many of these principles can be applied to much of everyday life.

Peter writes from a place of experience, humility, and wisdom, which was refreshing in this day and age.

I will be drawing from the principles in this book for years to come. Do yourself a favor and check it out. His gifting with the pen or keyboard, in this case, was engaging. In what could be a dry and dusty topic, Peter weaves story and fascinating historical accounts into practical steps of flourishing in the area of leadership. Engaging from start to finish. Yes, it applies to not-for-profit sectors, but so much more. Well done!

Great resource to dive into!

By Michael Lacey, Devo Writers

Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022

I was intrigued by one of the forwards in the book, “Never, however, have I read a book that better-integrated leadership principles, business imperatives, cultural observation, Christian spirituality, and missionary initiative.”

As the intro says, this book “is full of advice-giving and tidbits (“what worked for me”), quaint personal anecdotes, a few inspirational stories, and my idea of best practices in the non-profit sector.”

I’ll hold onto this as a reference and continue to study it.

5 reviews for No-Nonsense Non-Profit: Leadership Principles for Church and Charity

  1. Gene Van Son

    “Darcy’s use of anecdotes, personal experiences, and references to other works was great mix that made for an enjoyable, easy read.”
    ~Gene Van Son, managing editor,

  2. John Collins

    “Drawing on years of experience at the helm of large Catholic non-profits, Darcy presents us with insights, observations, and techniques that will prove invaluable to anyone who seeks to lead, whether in the non-profit world or in any walk of life.“
    ~John Collins, author of A Friar’s Tale, official biography of Fr. Benedict Groeschel

  3. Thomas J. McKenna

    “Working in the Catholic not-for-profit world for almost 40 years, I wish I had had this inspirational and practical treatise on leadership from the beginning. This insightful ‘pep-talk’ to aspiring leaders confirms convictions and provides an essential guide to leading a successful apostolate that is built to last.” ~Thomas McKenna, Catholic Action for Faith and Family, author of The Fatima Century

  4. Brian J. Gail

    “Over a 40-year career in business, I read and was formed by, some of the Masters: Drucker, Peters, Porter, Collins, Lencioni, et al. Never, however, have I read a book that better-integrated leadership principals, business imperatives, cultural observation, Christian spirituality, and missionary initiative. When you finish, you will not only be wiser about what it takes to run a successful enterprise; you’ll find yourself challenged to become a better version of your best self.” ~Brian J. Gail, former CEO and best-selling author of the Fatherless series

  5. Rev. James E. Molgano

    “This book is full of insight for those of us serving the mission of the church. I loved reading it….”
    ~Rev. James E. Molgano, Catholic diocesan priest and retired pastor

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