In Wayne Elsey’s most recent book, The Rise and Fail of Charities And What You Can Do To Be Ready, organizations and individuals who are involved or care about the social sector will gain practical and useful insight on the shifts happening in the philanthropic landscape. Readers will learn what global leaders and philanthropists are looking for when they invest and support an organization today. Major and general gift donors in local communities are also increasingly making these same demands. With his unique, blunt and easy-mannered style, Wayne Elsey explains in simple terms how those who are interested in helping society should think about the nonprofit business, leadership, money and passion in order to succeed. Anyone interested in the social sector can pick up Elsey’s book and come away with valuable nuggets. One of the key messages in his book is that while charity is important and will always be needed, there is an increased focus on philanthropy. The world has seen enormous changes in the last decade, which have affected many industries, including the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. There are many reasons for the changes that are taking place. We are seeing unprecedented advances in science, technology and globalization. All of this is affecting how we work, communicate, learn and obtain information.
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At the age of 15 during a high school work-study program Wayne Elsey took a fateful job in a shoe store. He quickly realized that he found his passion in the footwear industry. Through the years, Wayne worked his way up in his career. He went on to develop in the field in various positions in manufacturing, management, sales and marketing. He served as President of Kodiak-Terra USA and as President and CEO of Footwear Specialties International (FSI) where he grew the revenue 400 percent during his five-year tenure. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake, Wayne’s life took another life-changing turn. He realized there was a great need in the affected countries and beyond for the basics, including shoes. He became CEO of Soles4Souls, which is a social enterprise he founded and turned into an organization with a budget exceeding $70 million in less than five years. He established Soles4Souls to help ensure that individuals in developing nations have access to shoes, which are necessary for hygiene and medical reasons, going to school and being able to work. Today, Wayne is the founder and CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises (WEE), a company that works with social enterprise organizations, nonprofits and businesses on strategy, branding, development and education via the following four subsidiary portfolio brands: · str@tegic – focusing on leadership and business strategy. · Funds2Orgs – a social enterprise that enables individuals, companies and social sector organizations to raise funds while helping to support micro-enterprise opportunities in developing nations. · 501C3U – a free online university for nonprofit education. · Not Your Father’s Charity (NYFC) – his blog and a forum that enables social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, nonprofits, the media and general public to learn how to succeed in the 21st Century social sector. In addition, Wayne is also a highly sought after and dynamic public speaker and authority on topics related to leadership, branding, social activism, motivation, and community engagement. His network appearances include: NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today Show, & Fox News. He is also the author of Almost Isn’t Good Enough and his recently published book, The Rise and Fail of Charities In the 21st Century: How The Nonprofit World Is Changing And What You Can Do To Be Ready.
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