Dr. Muthusami Kumaran (aka. Dr. K) has just published his book "Managing A Million Missions: Strategic Capacity Building for Non-Governmental Organizations." The purpose of this book is to improve overall organizational management capacities of NGOs (nonprofits) within a strategic framework in countries across the globe. As the primary author Dr. K wrote 15 of the book's 19 chapter and contributed to three other chapters, each focusing on a vital management function to enhance operational efficiency organizational and effectiveness in the NGO sector.
The book will be launched on February 3 at the Jaipur International Lecture Festival (known as the 'greatest library show on Earth': https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/), India where he is an invited speaker, followed by book-signing events and presentations in two major cities of New Delhi and Chennai.
Dr. K says this about the book: "This is a very ambitious and soul-satisfying project that consumed 3 years of hard work, multiple international travels that took me away from family, and countless weekends and sleepless nights in my office. It is a product of dedication, research and interviews & discussions with numerous NGO leaders from across the world. Myself and my co-author have infused our observations, knowledges, expertise & skills of best NGO management practices from the more than five decades of our combined experiences in this field. This volume was carefully designed & developed as a practical guidebook for NGO leaders with self-assessment and capacity building application tools. It fills the void for a strategic NGO capacity building technical resource for practitioners and academics in countries across the world. It also serves the much-needed purpose of being a holistic textbook for students of NGO management and operations. With about 600 copies already pre-ordered, we anticipate the book will be in high demand.
Dr. Muthusami Kumaran
I am very thankful for all the support and encouragement from the former Chair Dr. Tracy Irani, current Chair Dr. Larry Forthun and colleagues of my home department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences, and CALS Deans. I am indebted to numerous dedicated NGO leaders I've trained (I call them my 'fan-base!') over the past two decades for demanding, challenging & encouraging me to complete this arduous project. I also appreciate UF Provost's Office for awarding a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity grant which funded the initial research phase of the project."
Dr. Kumaran is an internationally recognized expert in nonprofit/NGO management. He teaches various applied courses on nonprofit management, conducts research on nonprofit capacity building on global scale, and has trained more than 3,000 nonprofit/NGO leaders across nine countries through U.S. State Department and Foundation grants. He is the recipient of a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholarship in Jeju, South Korea and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the Global NGO Sector.