Reinventing Social Change

Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World

Nell Edgington

What if the work of social change was abundant? It can be.

What if, instead of being exhausted, worn out, disillusioned, and depressed, you were energized and inspired by your important work as a social change leader? What if you were surrounded by endless supporters helping to move your work forward? What if money flowed easily and endlessly to you and your organization? What if the social change you envision happened easily and joyfully? All of this—and more—is within your grasp.

In Reinventing Social Change, author, speaker, and consultant Nell Edgington offers a bold new road map to overcoming the unfair and limiting system in which social change leaders have operated for too long. Through case studies, exercises, and practical tools, she shows you how to reclaim your power, kiss scarcity goodbye, and attract all the money and people necessary to achieve the social change you offer.

An invaluable guide for non-profit leaders, philanthropists, community activists, board members, social entrepreneurs, and government decision-makers alike, Reinventing Social Change is a critical guide for social change leaders who will lead the reinvention of our broken systems into ones that are stronger, healthier, and more equitable.


“This is truly a book for our moment. Nell Edgington gives concrete, actionable advice for how social change leaders can move from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance, and in the process heal our broken world. Her mantra, ‘change yourself, change the system, change the world’ has never felt more urgent or more necessary.”

“If you’re working to make social change, this book will help you break free of the dogmas that so often hold non-profit leaders and other change makers back. In crisp and hard-hitting prose, Nell Edgington offers a road map for how leaders can empower themselves and those around them, articulate desired outcomes and align resources to achieve them, and fundraise to cover the real costs of what it takes to make change. Both inspirational and practical, Reinventing Social Change helps leaders get the best out of themselves, their staff, board, volunteers, and broader network—in service of changing the world at a time of unparalleled challenge. Edgington draws on her decades of experience working with—and deep respect for—social change leaders to call on all of us to be our very best.”

“In Reinventing Social Change, Nell Edgington helps us see how non-profit and philanthropic leaders can become more powerful, well-resourced, and energized agents of social change. Full of tactical frameworks and compelling case studies, this book helps social change leaders understand how to overcome what may be holding them back, and attract and mobilize the money and people they need to achieve their goals. Informed by her years of experience consulting with non-profits and philanthropy, this book is sure to be an important playbook for social change leaders in the post-pandemic world.”

“Equal parts love letter and forceful call to action, Reinventing Social Change challenges change makers to step into our power and avoid the traps that hold us back as leaders. Written from a deep well of insights about the non-profit CEO experience, and the social sector as a whole, it is a scathing indictment of ‘what has been’ and an inspiring and practical guide for achieving ‘what could be.’”


“Nell Edgington’s book provides a road map for non-profit leaders who need to navigate in a post-pandemic world with limited resources to create positive change. It is a must-read for nonprofit leaders to help them attract more people and resources to their work.”


Nell Edgington, MBA, has spent her twenty-five-year career innovating in the social change sector. As president of Social Velocity, she helps create more strategic, financially savvy, and confident non-profit and philanthropic leaders and organizations. Edgington is a popular writer, speaker, and blogger, and co-author of The Strategic Management of Charter Schools. She is a member of the national Leap Ambassadors Community, a network of more than 250 social change thought leaders.

ISBN 978-1-77458-031-8
$22.00 CAD $17.95 USD
Published February 9, 2021
5.5 × 8.5 214 Pages
Paperback, ebook