Break Through the ICK FACTORS

Discover Your nonprofit’s true potential!

In Break Through the ICK FACTORS, Tom Okarma tackles some of the most critical issues (ICK FACTORS) facing nonprofits each day. These are the challenges that can keep you from getting to the next level and making a more significant impact.

Whether your agency is faith-based or secular, serving in the areas of social services, justice and equality, or otherwise–small or large–the issues that arise in this story can exist in virtually all of them. In Break Through you will find the ideas and resources you need to minimize or avoid critical agency problems.

Discover how you can break through the ICK FACTORS and lead your nonprofit to realize its full potential.



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Build a Workable Plan

Learn how to create an effective Strategic Plan designed to help your nonprofit stay on track and reach key initiatives.

Future-Proof Your Board

Develop your board to deliver the results you need to reach your strategic goals and make a more significant impact.


Lead Like You've Never Led Before

Enhance your leadership abilities and become the leader you need to be to help take your nonprofit to the next level.




Tom Okarma is a product of the south side of Chicago and currently resides in the greater Chicago area. He has been a successful leader in both the nonprofit and business worlds and has led or served on a variety of boards.

He has over 30 years of varied and progressive experience in the insurance industry, rising from claims representative to small business owner to Chief Executive Officer leading a staff of 300+ employees. He also has nearly 10 years of experience working with nonprofits.

Tom helps nonprofits with effectiveness in execution, organizational excellence, strategic planning, change management, client intimacy, and talent management.

He has been there, done that, and learned critical lessons about successful board development and governance, strategic planning, and leadership. He is an approachable catalyst for senior leaders and provides senior staff members, stakeholders and boards with an understanding and discerning ear.

To learn more about Tom or read his nonprofit blog, visit www.TomOkarma.com.




“There are many books written for business leaders, but rarely do those books address the unique leadership issues encountered by non-profits, until now.  Break Through is a must read for anyone serving in non-profit leadership!  All of the “icky” topics non-profit leaders tend to avoid rather than face head-on are addressed in this book.  Tom not only addresses those issues, but gives direct advice and practical resources to resolve them.  Do yourself and your non-profit a favor; read this book and implement the resources it gives!”

Christa March

Founder/President, Teen Mother Choices International

“When an airplane stalls, effectiveness is reduced.  When nonprofits stall, likewise, effectiveness wanes.  In Break Through the Ick Factors, Tom Okarma insightfully identifies some of the most critical factors which often impede progress of nonprofits.  Then, he insightfully identifies solutions for these common challenges.  Leaders will find this book very useful in maximizing a nonprofit’s potential.”

Dan Busby

President, ECFA

Tom Okarma is a non-profit organizational (NPO) genius.  He brings time-tested excellent practices in one hand and in the other he offers the skillful patience to help you grow your impact and mission.  In this book, Tom Okarma gets to the heart of the issues for NPOs trying to grow to the next level. If you don’t immediately identify with the book’s main character and the problems she faces, chances are you soon will.   Read this book, then buy a copy for every CEO and board member of a NPO you know!”

CH Dyer

President and CEO of Bright Hope International


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