Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

New York, NY -- October 5, 2009. In the nonprofit sector, there is increasing emphasis on governance reform. The Foundation Center's second edition of The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance explores key concepts -- accountability, transparency, and responsibility -- at the heart of effective governance and looks at the main challenges facing directors and managers of nonprofit organizations today.

"This new edition paints a portrait of the leadership of nonprofit organizations at a time when the driving force behind change is the need for sound governance," said author Paul Firstenberg. "It is largely about our evolving expectations of nonprofit management, and the forces driving change."

The 21st Century Nonprofit opens with an examination of the pivotal role played by boards of directors in organizational governance, setting the tone of an organization as well as its rules. A special chapter is devoted to the strategic issues facing nonprofits during times of recession and severe economic downturn.

The new edition details significant improvements in management practice in recent years and posits that nonprofit organizations can be run professionally without undermining their charitable purpose. It describes how new expectations for nonprofit management are affecting the kind of training and experience people interested in working in nonprofits need to acquire.

Firstenberg has extensive experience in philanthropy as an executive, trustee, advisor, author, and teacher, including as chancellor for planning and development of Tulane University, financial vice president of Princeton University, COO and trustee of Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), and an officer of the Ford Foundation. He now lectures at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

The 21st Century Nonprofit is available for purchase ($39.95) at the Center's Marketplace.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.