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2006 Publications of the Week

December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007


 

Fundraising for Social Change, 5th Edition, Revised & Expanded by Kim Klein 

From the publisher: Since it was first published in 1988, Fundraising for Social Change has become one of the most widely used books on fundraising in the United States. Fundraising practitioners and activists rely on it for hands-on, specific, and accessible fundraising techniques, and it has become a required text in dozens of college courses around the country. This fifth edition offers the information that has made the book a classic: proven know-how on asking for money, planning and conducting major gifts campaigns, using direct mail effectively, and much more. The book has been significantly changed to include new technology—e-mail, online giving, and blogs—and contains expanded chapters on capital and endowment campaigns, how to feel comfortable asking for money, how to recruit a team of people to help with fundraising, and how to build meaningful relationships with donors. In addition, this essential resource contains new information on such timely topics as ethics, working across cultural lines, and how to create opportunities for fundraising more systematically and strategically. 

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December 24 - 30, 2006


 

Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results by Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin

From the publisher: Level Best offers guidance that demystifies evaluation and takes into account the unique challenges and realities of grassroots nonprofit organizations. It provides a new framework for thinking about evaluation and tools for measuring and sharing results in ways that are practical, efficient, and meaningful. Veteran authors Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin break down the evaluation process into five stages–planning, asking, tracking, learning, and using–­and show you how to integrate evaluation into your ongoing work. Their approach emphasizes that evaluation at its best is about learning rather than judging and improving rather than proving, and that it is overall an integral part of achieving your mission. The book draws on the authors’ experience with nonprofits, foundations, donors, and boards of directors, and the expertise of evaluation professionals and nonprofit managers. It includes sample forms, checklists, and materials that have been used successfully by real-life organizations, and provides sample meeting agendas that will help you make decisions and move through an evaluation process from start to finish.

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December 17 - 23, 2006


 

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds by Howard Gardner

From the publisher: Think about the last time you tried to change someone's mind about something important: a voter's political beliefs, a customer's favorite brand, a spouse's decorating taste. Chances are you weren't successful in shifting that person's beliefs in any way. In his book, Changing Minds, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner explains what happens during the course of changing a mind--and offers ways to influence that process. He identifies seven key elements, including reason, research and real world events that are part of the decision-making process. Certain facets are more heavily weighted in some fields than others: "leaders of large groups often rely on the appreciable resources at their disposal but are buoyed or undercut by real world events," says Gardner (Frames of Mind), who believes this explains why a politician or a CEO will disregard advice in the face of larger issues and popular perceptions. Remember that we don't change our minds overnight; it happens in gradual stages that can be powerfully influenced along the way.

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December 10 - 16, 2006


 

Effective Economic Decision-Making by Nonprofit Organizations Published by the Foundation Center and the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise

From the Publisher: Effective Decision-Making by Nonprofit Organizations is the first major publication of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise (NCNE) founded to "help nonprofit organizations make wise economic decisions." The contents of this publication will be especially useful to public-serving charitable organizations, 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4)s, that rely on paid staff and manage significant sums of money. Editor Dennis R. Young offers practical guidelines to help nonprofit managers advance their mission while balancing the interests of trustees, funders, government, and staff. Here, expert authors explore core operating decisions and provide solutions that work for nonprofits of any size. Divided into three parts with content written by twelve co-authors, the first part examines core operating decisions such as how to price services, how to compensate workers, and how to decide what kinds of activities to administer in-house or to outsource. The second part addresses resource development issues specific to nonprofits, including how much to spend on raising charitable contributions and how to determine the amount of endowment funds to invest or disburse. The third part covers strategic decisions on programmatic ventures, institutional collaborations, and Internet engagement. A concluding chapter synthesizes overall observations to provide seven insights into effective economic decision-making for nonprofits. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

December 3 - 9, 2006


 

Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses by Alice Korngold

From the publisher: Leveraging Good Will shows how nonprofit organizations can access the extraordinary resources of businesses, and how for-profits can benefit from partnering with nonprofits. Written by Alice Korngold—an expert in matching business professionals with nonprofit organizations—this important resource clearly demonstrates how nonprofits can gain valuable experience, expertise, relationships, and funding that will elevate and advance their organizations while businesses can build stronger relationships with the community and develop the next generation of leaders. Filled with illustrative examples and real-life success stories, Leveraging Good Will is an insider’s guide to what it takes for nonprofits to transform their organizations through partnerships with businesses. Step by step, the book outlines how to create a solid plan based on proven-in-practice techniques.

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November 26 - December 2, 2006


 

Hidden Assets: Revolutionize Your Development Program with a Volunteer-Driven Approach by Diane Hodiak and John S. Ryan

From the publisher: While many nonprofits have significant volunteer resources, few know how to direct those resources strategically and systematically into their all-important development programs. Written by two fundraising experts, Hidden Assets shows you how, introducing a unique, proven formula for volunteer development that aims at enhancing fundraising, public relations, and marketing results through the strategic use of volunteers. Volunteers play a key role in a powerful new technique affinity fundraising--that teaches step-by-step how to cultivate the donors who have the greatest affinity for an organization's work and mission. Brimming with real-life examples of how organizations have incorporated volunteers into their development programs, this hands-on guide comes with a wealth of worksheets, sample dialogues with donors, and practical tips on recruiting, retaining, and motivating volunteers.

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November 19 - 25, 2006


 

Nonprofit Strategic Positioning: Decide Where to Be, Plan What to Do by  Thomas A. McLaughlin

From the publisher: Nonprofit Strategic Positioning: Decide Where to Be, Plan What to Do is the first nonprofit-oriented book to describe strategic positioning as an alternative to traditional strategic planning. Even in the nonprofit sector, strategic planning is becoming discredited as a formulaic, go-nowhere exercise. This book will take the reader on a stimulating journey through nonprofit strategy development and implementation. The book is timely because the nonprofit sector has reached a turning point where the need to be more business-like is undeniable, and the continuing retreat of the public sector has left even wider gaps in services that nonprofits will be asked to fill. Nonprofit Strategic Positioning: Decide Where to Be, Plan What to Do offers a fresh new way for nonprofits to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

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November 12 - 18, 2006


 

Sixteen Trends, Their Profound Impact on Our Future by Gary Marx

From the publisher: Highlighting key factors which are destined to reshape the world, Marx is quick to identify how each of these "trends" will influence educational policy in various ways. With improving academic achievement for all students as the main goal, Sixteen Trends provides an enlightened look into the learning processes of the children of tomorrow. Each of the chapters in this book focuses on one major trend, first summarizing the trend and then outlining the trend’s implications for society and education. Each chapter concludes with a listing of questions and activities to stimulate further thought, discussion, and action. These questions and activities are believed to be especially useful to current and future educational leaders, system study groups, and planning teams. Each chapter also includes a listing of suggested resources for additional reading and consideration. While the publication will be of special interest to nonprofits focusing on education, Sixteen Trend will be of use to a broader audience of nonprofit leaders. 

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November 5 - 11, 2006


 

Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses by Alice Korngold

From the publisher: Leveraging Good Will shows how nonprofit organizations can access the extraordinary resources of businesses, and how for-profits can benefit from partnering with nonprofits. Written by Alice Korngold—an expert in matching business professionals with nonprofit organizations—this important resource clearly demonstrates how nonprofits can gain valuable experience, expertise, relationships, and funding that will elevate and advance their organizations while businesses can build stronger relationships with the community and develop the next generation of leaders. Filled with illustrative examples and real-life success stories, Leveraging Good Will is an insider’s guide to what it takes for nonprofits to transform their organizations through partnerships with businesses. Step by step, the book outlines how to create a solid plan based on proven-in-practice techniques.

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October 29 - November 4, 2006


 

The Foundation Center's Guide to Grantseeking on the Web 2003 edited by Kief Schladweiler

 From the publisher: Develop a focused approach to funding research on the Web. With this Guide, you’ll learn about government funding sources, prospecting for individual donors, searchable databases, journals, newsletters, discussion lists, and message boards. Includes online resources and annotated listing of more than 3,000 foundations, public charities, corporate grantmakers, and nonprofit Internet links. 

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October 22 - 28, 2006


 

Leading Diverse Communities: A How-To Guide for Moving from Healing Into Action by Cherie R. Brown, George J. Mazza, and National Coalition Building Institute

From the publisher: Based on the National Coalition Building Institute’s popular leadership development program, Leading Diverse Communities gives community, campus, nonprofit, and business leaders the tools they need to embrace diversity and encourage their stakeholders to do the same. The book is filled with practical guidance on how to achieve results and provides a simple, skill-oriented guidebook for busy leaders. Leading Diverse Communities distills the National Coalition Building Institute’s wisdom into thirty-two concise leadership principles. Each principle is illuminated with theory and a related example, activity, and worksheet that can help develop the skills required to put a particular principle into practice. 

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October 15 - 21, 2006


 

Benchmarking For Nonprofits by Jason Saul

From the publisher: Benchmarking is the continuous process of measuring your organization against leaders to gain knowledge and insights that will help you improve. This book defines a formal, systematic, and reliable way to benchmark—from preparing your organization to measuring performance and implementing best practices as well as:

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The five key steps of benchmarking;

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The arguments against benchmarking—and why you should disregard them;

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How benchmarking differs from evaluation and assessment;

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How to form a benchmarking team;

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How to create a “success equation” that helps you measure your organization’s performance;

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How to make sure to measure what matters;

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How to choose your benchmarking partners—and what you can learn from the “wrong” partner; and

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How to overcome staff resistance to benchmarking

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October 8 - 14, 2006


 

Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofit Management: Skills, Techniques, and Methods by Peggy M. Jackson and Toni E. Fogarty

From the publisher: Is your nonprofit organization ready for increased scrutiny, reporting requirements, regulations, and increased expectations from donors? This combination reference/workbook prepares you and shows you how Sarbanes-Oxley best practices can benefit your organization. It includes:

bullet A structured description of Sarbanes-Oxley and its implications for nonprofits
bullet Detailed discussions on governance, including financial literacy for board members, new standards of accountability for boards, and best practices for nonprofit management
bullet Sample documents, procedures, and frameworks to help you implement best practices
bullet Worksheets, forms, and resource materials in each chapter
bullet A "walk-through" of typical financial statements and sample documents such as a Conflict of Interest policy, board orientation curriculum, a Whistleblower Protection policy, a Document Preservation policy, and a fundraising plan.

Implementing proven best practices stemming from Sarbanes-Oxley can diminish organizational dysfunction, promote a solid infrastructure, and propel your organization to the platinum standard of operations and governance, giving your organization the competitive advantage in today's demanding nonprofit environment.

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October 1 - 7, 2006


 

Winning Grants: Step by Step, 2nd Edition by Mim Carlson and The Alliance for Nonprofit Management

From the publisher:  Written for both novice and experienced grantwriters, Winning Grants: Step by Step is filled with practical advice and illustrative examples, including

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Important information such as determining whether your program or idea is fundable;  Clear examples that make it easier to create a well-written letter of intent;

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How to do the necessary research to find the right funder to approach;

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Targeting your proposal to meet the priorities of the funder;

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What happens to your proposal once it reaches the funder;

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How to adapt this program- and project-specific funding approach to assist in general funding

Once the workbook exercises are completed, your organization will have a fully developed grant proposal. 

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September 24 - 30, 2006


 

Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age by Allison Fine

From the publisher: How can we move from serving soup until our elbows ache to solving chronic social ills like hunger or homelessness?  How can we break the disastrous cycle of low expectations that leads to chronic social failures? The answers to these questions lie within Momentum, a fresh, zestful way of thinking about and organizing social change work. Today's digital tools—including but not limited to e-mail, the Web, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), even iPods—promote interactivity and connectedness.  But as Momentum shows, these new social media tools are important not for their wizardry but because they connect us to one another in inexpensive, accessible, and massively scalable ways. 

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September 17 - 23, 2006


 

Nonprofit Investment Policies: Practical Steps for Growing Charitable Funds by Robert P. Jr. Fry

From the publisher: The first book to discuss the development of investment policies specifically for nonprofit organizations, Nonprofit Investment Policies helps directors, trustees, and development officers at nonprofits create sound, comprehensive policies for their financial advisors. Covering every element of investment strategy for nonprofits, the book explains investing legal concerns, the investment environment, the internal organization of an efficient charity, how to get started in investment, how to use investment successes as a fund-raising tool, and much more. Written in language that both financial and non-financial managers can understand, Nonprofit Investment Policies includes case studies from the real world of nonprofit investment showing successful policies in action as well as tables and checklists to guide nonprofit managers in fiscal decision-making.

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September 10 - 16, 2006


 

The Public Participation Handbook: Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement by James L. Creighton

From the publisher: Internationally renowned facilitator and public participation consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation of the public in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit for designing a participation process, selecting techniques to encourage participation, facilitating successful public meetings, working with the media, and evaluating the program.  The book is also filled with practical advice, checklists, worksheets, and illustrative examples. 

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September 3 - 9, 2006


 

The Not-for-Profit CEO Workbook by Walter P. Jr. Pidgeon

From the publisher: Developed to complement The Not-for-Profit CEO, a core reference in the not-for-profit arena, this workbook helps readers translate information into action. Based on research that involved more than 100 not-for-profit CEOs and was conducted with the support of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), it provides the tools, techniques, and guidance to help readers develop the essential traits and competencies to become successful in the challenging, competitive not-for-profit world. It includes:

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A CD-ROM with reusable, customizable forms, including checklists, personal analysis and self-assessment sheets, and more

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Case studies of a high school student, a college student, a professional in the field, a for-profit executive, and a current not-for-profit CEO—studies that demonstrate practical steps to take at various stages along the career path

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A guide to creating and regularly updating a personalized strategic career plan

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August  27 - September 2, 2006


 

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 2nd Edition edited by Joseph S. Wholey, Harry P. Hatry, and Kathryn E. Newcomer

From the Publisher: The second edition of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation offers managers, analysts, consultants, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions a valuable resource that outlines efficient and economical methods for assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. The Handbook has been thoroughly revised.  Many new chapters have been prepared for this edition, including chapters on logic modeling and on evaluation applications for small nonprofit organizations. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation is a comprehensive resource on evaluation, covering both in-depth program evaluations and performance monitoring.  It presents evaluation methods that will be useful at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations.

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August  20 - 26, 2006


 

Retreats that Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites by Merianne Litemen, Sheila Campbell, Jeffrey Liteman

From the Publisher: Based on the best-selling first edition, this greatly expanded and updated version contains forty-seven new activities, more information about how to design and lead retreats, and additional suggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROM allows you to print out chapters for distribution to key leaders, duplicate templates, and produce handouts for specific exercises. This easy-to-use, one-stop resource provides:  

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Step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises.

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Insight into establishing effective working relationships with clients.

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Information on what to include in your retreat designs.

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Suggestions for encouraging participants to speak up and play an active role.

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Tools for managing conflict.

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Guidance on making decisions during a retreat and changing course when necessary.

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Strategies for developing and implementing action plans.

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Tips for follow-up so you can keep change on track.

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August  13 - 19, 2006


 

The Community Leadership Handbook: Framing Ideas, Building Relationships, And Mobilizing Resources by James F. Krile, Gordon Curphy, Duane R. Lund

From the publisher: This guide puts the tools of democracy into everyone’s hands. Based on the best of Blandin Foundation’s 20-year experience in developing community leaders, it gives community members the tools to bring people together to make changes. Carefully crafted examples—based on real-life leadership issues—help you see how to put the tools of leadership to work where you live, today. …Whether you are an active community member who wants to make a difference, a nonprofit leader serving the community, a leadership advisor, a government liaison called on to convene the community, a business leader, a public servant, or a foundation program officer specializing in community needs, you will find in this book the tools and theories essential to getting your work done. Here are some of the useful resources you’ll find: Identifying Community Assets; Community Problem Analysis; Accessing Community Data; Translating Vision to Action; Interpersonal Communication for Leaders; Managing Interpersonal Conflict as a Leader; and much more.

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August  6 - 12, 2006


 

Designing and Conducting Survey Research: A Comprehensive Guide by Louis M. Rea, Richard A. Parker

From the publisher: Since it was first published in 1992, Designing and Conducting Survey Research has become the standard reference in the field for public and nonprofit managers who are responsible for conducting effective and meaningful survey research. This updated and expanded third edition builds on the first two volumes and contains additional statistical techniques, new reporting methods that meet the growing demands for accountability, and more user-friendly analysis methods.

Designing and Conducting Survey Research is a complete, practical guide to conducting sample survey research. In a comprehensive manner, it explains all major components of survey research, including construction of the instrument, administration of the process, and analysis and reporting of results. Clear, concise, and accessible, this guide explains how to conduct a survey research project from start to finish. Further, it shows how this research method can be applied in such diverse fields as urban affairs, social science, and public administration. Designing and Conducting Survey Research is an excellent tool that will help both professionals and students understand and explain the validity of sample survey research. 

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July 23 - August  5, 2006


 

Made Possible By: Succeeding with Sponsorship by Patricia Martin

From the publisher: Made Possible By is a step-by-step guide to securing successful, sustainable corporate sponsorships that will provide financial stability, increased visibility, and help your nonprofit achieve its mission. Sponsorship expert Patricia Martin walks you through every phase of the process and shows how to assess what it will take to get your organization prepared for success. Made Possible By gives you the information and tools you need to: Get organizational buy-in; Approach potential partners; Prepare a winning proposal; Negotiate contracts; Report results; Build long-term equity; and, Evaluate the success of the relationship. 

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July 16 - 22, 2006


 

Improving the Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Not-for-Profits: Conducting Operational Reviews by Rob Reider

From the publisher: Whether used alone or together with other tools such as benchmarking, activity-based management, and flexible budgeting, the operational review is the tool best used to perform an evaluation of these crucial three e’s–economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. This book shows not-for-profit managers why conducting an operational review can be beneficial, explains the tools and personnel needed to conduct the review, and shows in detail how to conduct a review of operations in each area. It includes case study materials for a social service agency, a museum operation, an arts organization, a community service agency, and a college business office. Topics covered include:

bullet How to approach an operational review, judge its results, and make recommendations to management
bullet How to identify and implement best practices within funding and operational constraints in all areas of the not-for-profit’s operations in an organized program of continuing improvements

. . . and much more, including extensive exhibits, forms, working tools, checklists, and examples for conducting an operational review throughout all functions of a not-for-profit organization. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

July 9 - 15, 2006


 

Revolution in the Mailbox: Your Guide to Successful Direct Mail Fundraising by Mal Warwick

From the Publisher: This updated edition of Mal Warwick's landmark book Revolution in the Mailbox has been thoroughly revised to provide your nonprofit organization with the most current and comprehensive survey of direct mail fundraising available anywhere. If you follow Warwick’s practical, down-to-earth advice, direct mail will help your organization grow, gain visibility, involve your donors, increase its efficiency, and achieve financial stability. Written in an easy, conversational style, this latest edition is filled with real-world examples and illustrations showing how you can realize the full potential of direct mail by putting it to work as a strategic tool.

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July 2 - 8, 2006


 

Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade by Caroline Taylor

From the Publisher: Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report offers your nonprofit organization hands-on guidance to help you create an annual report that goes beyond fulfilling your financial reporting responsibilities and instead becomes a valuable communications, marketing, and image-building tool. Written by Caroline Taylor--a consultant who has more than twenty years of experience producing award-winning annual reports--this essential guide takes you through the report-writing cycle from start to finish. Step by step, the author shows you how to create a plan, fit the report process into the overall schedule, assign tasks, develop the executive message, work with designers to integrate visual elements, and get the report printed on time and within budget.

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June 25 - July 1, 2006


 

Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofit Boards by Peggy M. Jackson

From the Publisher: Nonprofit boards are in a fishbowl of scrutiny much like their private sector counterparts. With recent media focus on investigations of false charities, and more disturbingly, of household-name nonprofits that have abused donor trust by misdirecting donations, the heat is on the nonprofit board to rehabilitate its organizational profile. Encouraging boards to reclaim their role as the ultimate authority within their nonprofit, nationally recognized nonprofit expert Dr. Peggy Jackson supplies tips for leveraging the power and value of SOX requirements within the nonprofit organization. Containing sample documents, forms, and checklists to introduce best practices into any nonprofit organization, this complete guide is a practical, hands-on tool for equipping your nonprofit's board toward a higher quality of control.

Relevant for both the large and small nonprofit organization, this book effectively brings pragmatic clarity to a complex topic, and explains how to blend Sarbanes-Oxley requirements into the nonprofit organization, with topics including:

bullet Common factors that contribute to nonprofit board dysfunction
bullet Moving nonprofit governance into the twenty-first century
bullet Intervention techniques for moving your board forward
bullet Establishing strategies for lasting change
bullet Creating a platinum standard for governance

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June 18 - 24, 2006


 

Special Events: Proven Strategies for Nonprofit Fundraising by Alan L. Wendroff

From the publisher: This text provides a logical and comprehensive outline of event planning, with a special emphasis on fitting these events into the larger framework of the nonprofits organizational goals. Included are:

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Seven goals for a successful event

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The Master Event Timetable (METT), a proven organizational tool that provides step-by-step guidance through the entire event process

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A case study explaining in understandable detail how to implement the advice and methods outlined

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An accompanying CD that includes sample timelines, worksheets, checklists, budgets, writing examples, decision tables, and contracts

In addition to the brass tacks of managing logistics, the coverage includes thoughtful discussions on how to take full advantage of the networking, volunteer recruitment, public relations, and motivational opportunities your special event can provide. This updated Second Edition features new information in these areas, plus an entirely new chapter on using the Internet for event planning. 

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June 11 - 17, 2006


 

The Nonprofit Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit Organization by Gary M. Grobman

From the publisher: The definitive reference manual for starting and running a nonprofit corporation in the United States, this handbook provides information on everything from legal issues to fundraising techniques. Details of how to incorporate, register to lobby, apply for tax exemptions, and comply with charitable solicitation laws are included for every state and for the District of Columbia. Information about current federal laws, regulations, and court decisions that apply to nonprofits, as well as on staffing, advocacy, strategic planning, and bookkeeping is provided. This updated edition includes a discussion on the trends in nonprofit management and the future of the nonprofit sector. Gary M. Grobman is the author of The Nonprofit Internet Handbook, The Nonprofit Organization's Guide to E-Commerce, and The Pennsylvania Nonprofit Handbook. He is a contributing editor for the monthly newsletter Pennsylvania Nonprofit Report, a former consultant to the Pennsylvania General Assembly on nonprofit issues, and a former chairperson of the Nonprofit Advocacy Network. 

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June 4 - 10, 2006


 

Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign: The New, Revised and Expanded Edition of the Leading Guide to Planning and Implementing a Capital Campaign by Kent E. Dove

From the publisher: Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign has been the definitive resource on capital campaigns for a decade. Now, in the long-awaited second edition of the best-selling guide, Kent Dove offers an updated and expanded blueprint for planning and managing a successful capital campaign. He not only gives authoritative guidance to every aspect of a capital campaign but also provides new discussions on such important topics as linking strategic planning to fundraising, conducting external market surveys, defining leadership roles, establishing a campaign and solicitation process, and more. Other enhancements include:

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A dramatically expanded resource section that includes samples of a strategic plan, market surveys, case statements, financial reports, pledge forms, newsletters, program brochures, a complete volunteer kit, and a post-campaign evaluation.

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New chapters on technology in fundraising, leadership gifts, and developing lasting relationships with donors.

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Updated examples and real-world lessons from diverse organizations that have conducted their own capital campaigns.

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May 28 - June 3, 2006


 

The Ask: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount for Any Purpose by Laura Fredricks

From the publisher: The Ask is a complete resource for teaching anyone—experienced in fundraising or not—how to ask individuals, in person, for a contribution to for a local nonprofit or a special event or community project, an enhanced annual gift, a major or planned gift, or a challenging capital campaign gift. Written by fundraising expert Laura Fredricks, The Ask shows what it takes to prepare yourself and others to make an effective ask and includes over one hundred sample dialogues you can use and adapt. Step by step, the book reveals how to listen, what to say, and how to follow up on each and every ask until you receive a solid and definitive answer.

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May 14 - 20, 2006


 

Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-to Guide for Your Board by Robert M. Zimmerman and Ann W. Lehman

From the publisher: Written by Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman--leading experts in the field of fundraising and board development--Boards That Love Fundraising not only shows that all board members (no matter the level of experience) can learn to raise funds but also provides effective tips to the more experienced fundraisers. This workbook explains your fundraising responsibility as a board member while it:

bullet Provides information on board structure and its impact on raising money
bullet Outlines the concepts that will empower you to ask for money effectively and fearlessly
bullet Describes the wide variety of methods nonprofits use to raise money and  the board's role in each area
bullet Shows how to recruit board members who can help with fundraising
bullet Explores the vital issues of fundraising, planning, staffing, evaluation, and working with consultants

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May 14 - 20, 2006


 

How to Write a Grant Proposal by Cheryl Carter New and James Aaron Quick

From the publisher: The book offers step-by-step guidance on how to write effective grants. Complete with examples of fully-completed proposals, and a companion CD-ROM containing guide sheets and templates that can be easily downloaded, customized, and printed. The authors provide examples of completed proposals and numerous case studies to demonstrate how the grant-seeking process typically works. The authors are the sole owners and directors of Polaris Corporation. Polaris teaches grantsmanship to nonprofit organizations (The United Way National Training Center, the Non-Profit Center, and the Kellogg Foundation), primary and secondary schools, and for-profit and nonprofit healthcare facilities using three primary mediums: workshops, consulting services, and resource publishing. They lead over 100 workshops that have taught more than 4,000 people per year how to develop and plan projects, research funders, and write grants. 

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May 7 - 13, 2006


 

Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology by Jeannette Woodward

From the publisher: Computerization represents an economic commitment that many nonprofit groups with tight budgets have been reluctant to make. However, computerization is no longer optional. Nonprofits must compete effectively for scarce dollars. Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology helps nonprofits take the leap and integrate technology throughout their operations. With its accessible, easy-to-read style and in-depth advice, it will get readers excited about technology instead of intimidated by it. The publication is a comprehensive work. Suitable for any size organization, the book is distinguished by its focus on 'the human factor' along with volumes of technology information. It should prove to be an invaluable resource for administrators, volunteers, and trustees who must ensure their organization's effective use of technology.

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April 30 - May 6, 2006


 

Wilder Nonprofit Guide to Conducting Successful Focus Groups by Judith Sharken Simon

From the publisher: Practical and easy to use, Conducting Successful Focus Groups gives you the practical guidance to do focus groups using little more than staff or volunteer time and the cost of refreshments. In ten easy-to-follow steps, you'll learn how to plan and conduct focus groups and, most importantly, how to put the results into action: Create a focused purpose statement, Set up a realistic timeline, Decide who and how many participants to invite, Generate questions that'll get the information you need, Write a focus group script, Choose a facilitator, Find a location that puts people at ease, Run the focus group, and, Put the results into action. Each step is followed by a task statement that sums up what you need to do before moving on. Examples, worksheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and an annotated bibliography make the job even easier.

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April 23 - 29, 2006


 

Planned Giving Workbook by Ronald R. Jordan and Katelyn L. Quynn

From the publisher: For planned giving officers and development staff members, document development is a critical part of the job. Nonprofit employees must create documents that take many forms, including: detailed proposals describing complicated gift options; marketing materials; correspondence to donors, professional advisors, and staff members; exhibits; agreements; presentation materials; and IRS and tax-related documents. This workbook, together with the documents contained on the accompanying CD-ROM, will help employees of development organizations draft, design, and develop a variety of documents that can accomplish their organization’s goals. The Planned Giving Workbook contains a CD-ROM with 425 documents to assist nonprofit development staff, mentors, and planned giving officers in their jobs. These documents serve as models, or templates, to be used in planned giving and development. The documents are divided into seven categories, with one chapter of the Workbook devoted to each type of document.

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April 16 - 22, 2006


 

Cause Marketing for Nonprofits: Partner for Purpose, Passion, and Profits by Jocelyne Daw

From the publisher: This book captures the exciting potential for business and nonprofits to partner for mutual benefit and discovery. Cause marketing aligns nonprofits and businesses to combine the power of their individual brands with a company's marketing might to achieve social and shareholder value while communicating their values. Cause Marketing for Nonprofits changes the way nonprofits view and execute cause marketing programs. It provides a wealth of hands-on, practical experience that can benefit any nonprofit organization interested in this innovative and growing form of generating revenue, building profile and achieving mission. No nonprofit can afford to ignore the contents of this important new book, the first designed specifically for the sector. 

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April 9 - 15, 2006


 

Community Building: What Makes It Work by Paul Mattessich and Barbara Monsey

 From the publisher: This practical guide shows you what really does (and doesn't) contribute to community building success. It reveals 28 keys to help you build community more effectively and efficiently. You won't find another single report that pulls out common lessons from across community building initiatives about what works. You can use this report to: Find out what community characteristics contribute to successful community building; Make sure key processes such as communications and technical assistance are in place; Determine if community leaders or organizers have essential qualities such as a relationship of trust and flexibility; Evaluate the likely success of a proposed project or get a struggling effort back on track. Examples, definitions, and a detailed bibliography make this report even more valuable.

Wilder Research Center scoured the literature, contacted resource centers, and spoke with community development experts across the country. The result is concrete, understandable research based on real-life experiences. 

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April 2 - 8, 2006


 

The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause by Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho

 From the publisher: Are you a volunteer with an organization, school, or project that needs to raise money? The Accidental Fundraiser is a how-to resource that guides you through the process of raising money from your community. The book presents eleven proven fundraising strategies that are easy to carry out and don’t require significant funds, large numbers of people, or extensive knowledge of fundraising. The authors, Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho, show how to choose the right fundraising strategy (from house parties to bowl-a-thons) and include step-by-step instructions for carrying out all of the activities. In addition, The Accidental Fundraiser contains a wealth of worksheets and practical tips. 

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March 26 - April 1, 2006


 

Wired for Good: Strategic Technology Planning for Nonprofits by Joni Podolsky

From the publisher: Wired for Good is a nuts-and-bolts guide to strategic technology planning for nonprofit organizations -- no matter how large or small. This book leads nonprofits through a planning process that will help them align their technology use with their mission and strategic goals, determine what the appropriate technology tools are to meet those goals, and how the technology will be implemented and supported over time. This essential guide also shows how to win support for a strategic technology plan within an organization, evaluate a plan's effectiveness, and help staff and other stakeholders adapt to the changes new technology will bring about.

Wired for Good shows nonprofit professionals how to: Get their organization ready for the strategic technology planning process; Dispel the myths surrounding technology planning; Understand the benefits of strategic technology planning; Overcome organizational resistance to strategic technology planning; Define the roles and responsibilities of staff and other key stakeholders in creating a successful plan; Make the best use of volunteers and consultants; and, Find the funds to support technology implementation. In addition, Wired for Good is filled with practical suggestions, templates, and examples from real-life technology plans created successfully by nonprofits. This essential resource is based on the successful Wired for Good program from the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, a leadership support organization that promotes excellence in nonprofit organizational performance.

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March 19 - 25, 2006


 

Creating Your Employee Handbook: A Do-It-Yourself Kit for Nonprofits by Leyna Bernstein

From the publisher: This unique book-and-disk set has everything you need to craft an employee handbook that is tailored to your organization's mission, culture, and goals. It is The Management Center's most comprehensive human resources toolkit for nonprofits across the country filled with sample policies and examples of how to adapt each policy to your specific objectives. Many of the sample policies appear in versions that correspond to large, medium-sized, or small nonprofits.

 Sample policies also reflect different organizational cultures. For each policy, you can choose, mixing or matching as needed, the language, form, and style that best reflect your purpose and work culture. Topics include: employment and employee development, benefits, workplace healthy and safety, standards of conduct, work hours and pay, and much more.

The do-it-yourself kit includes a computer disk complete with all of the sample policies in PC format. The policies are organized into folders that correspond to the size of your nonprofit. You can select or combine the policies according to your specific requirements. Also included are sample forms that can be copied or saved for future use.

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March 12 - 18, 2006


 

Reinventing Your Board, Set (Includes Boards That Make a Difference, 2nd Ed.): A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance by John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver

From the publisher: In the bestselling Boards That Make a Difference, Second Edition, John Carver enriches his definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards. Carver presents a bold new approach to board job design, board-staff relationships, the chief executive role, performance monitoring, and virtually every aspect of the board-management relationship.

 A natural companion to Boards That Make a Difference, Reinventing Your Board is John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver's recipe for putting Policy Governance into practice. With 25 figures, policy samples, forms, and other practical, "put-the-model-in-motion" materials, this is the nuts-and-bolts materials that Carvers' followers have been requesting. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a valuable resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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March 5 - 11, 2006


 

Nonprofit Quarterly

From the Publisher: The Nonprofit Quarterly is a unique print magazine that leaders count on to provide them with values based management information and proven practices. Each issue focuses on a theme of critical importance and provides you with the cutting edge, relevant and useful information you need to manage more effectively and advance your mission. The Regulatory Landscape 2005 issue is considered one of the most comprehensive treatments of this critical issue for nonprofit organizations.

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February 26 - March 4, 2006


 

Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step for Government and Nonprofit Agencies by Paul R. Niven

From the publisher: The Balanced Scorecard is the leading methodology for implementing performance management systems and improving efficiency. Focusing directly on the public and not-for-profit sectors, this book helps leaders overcome the unique challenges they face when implementing a Balanced Scorecard. The book provides guidance on implementation of a performance management system using the Balanced Scorecard. The author brings a wealth of implementation knowledge and experience to this book, leading to hands-on, practical guidance and tips to that ensure success. It also includes action plans to walk the reader through specific implementation challenges.

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February 19 - 25, 2006


 

Social Entrepreneurship: The Art of Mission-Based Venture Development by Peter C. Brinckerhoff

The skilled social entrepreneur has the ability to get the most mission out of the resources at hand including traditional business techniques. Finally, here is a book that will help you learn their techniques. In Social Entrepreneurship, you will learn how successful social entrepreneurs: Focus on community wants and needs Match those with core competencies to provide the quality services Assess risk and gauge opportunity Develop new project ideas and test their feasibility Write a business plan Project finances in the plan Tap into new sources of funding Develop the idea of social entrepreneurship throughout the organization Make sure that mission, not money, is the bottom line Also included are the seven essential steps of the not-for-profit business development process, real-world case studies, sample business plans, and a self-assessment process to determine if your organization is ready for social entrepreneurship. 

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February 12 - 18, 2006


 

The Guide to Nonprofit Email: Essential Strategies, Practices, and Resources by Michael Gilbert

From the publisher: The Guide to Nonprofit Email is a 118 page manual that is densely packed with insights both large and small. There are thirteen articles on strategy, permission, and implementation, and 111 annotated resources in seventeen categories directly related to the nonprofit use of email. The Gilbert Center recommends this publication to consultants, communication managers, vendors, and especially those leaders who shape the budget and direction of their organization's communication practices.
 

February 5 - 11, 2006


 

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization by Bruce R. Hopkins

From the publisher: Nonprofit organizations must comply with stringent federal and state regulations or risk losing their tax-exempt status. With a wealth of new material, the Fourth Edition of this easy-to-read resource contains essential information on virtually every legal aspect of starting and operating a nonprofit organization–from receiving and maintaining tax-exempt status to tips for successful management practices including up-to-date information on changes in laws, rules, and regulations governing the nonprofit sector. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is a leading authority on tax-exempt organizations. 

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January 29 - February 4, 2006


 

Nonprofit Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising by Ted Hart; James M. Greenfield; Michael Johnston

From the publisher: Nonprofit Internet Strategies offers every charitable organization the opportunity to analyze their options and select the appropriate strategy to integrate traditional marketing, communications, and fundraising practices with their online efforts. It is an excellent how-to guide--a practical manual for nonprofit staff written in non-technical language--prepared by experts in the field based on real-life experiences and case studies.

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January 22 - 28, 2006


 

Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness by Peter York

Another excellent publication from the Fieldstone Alliance. From the publisher: A Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness shifts away from using evaluation to prove something to someone else, and toward improving what nonprofits do so they can achieve their mission and share how they succeeded with others.

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January 15 - 21, 2006


 

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins

From the publisher: Jim Collins answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. 30-50% of those who bought Good to Great work in the Social Sector. This monograph is a response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is not a new book.

Jim Collins wants to avoid any confusion about the monograph being a book by limiting its distribution to online retailers. The publication is based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders. The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones. 

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January 8 - 14, 2006


 

Fieldstone Nonprofit Guide to Forming Alliances: Working Together to Achieve Mutual Goals by Linda Hoskins, Emil Angelica

From the publisher: Alliances make good sense for nonprofits, much of the time. But success with alliances requires that they be used wisely, and with a good understanding of which kinds of alliances will result in the best outcomes given the conditions and need. This guide will help you understand and strategically form alliances that work at a lower level of intensity. 

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January 1 - 7, 2006


 

The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management by Stanley Weinstein

From the publisher:  The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Second Edition provides a user-friendly road map for fundraising success in a highly competitive philanthropic environment. A practical how-to book tailored specifically to the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers, it moves beyond theory to address the day-to-day problems faced in these organizations, and offers sound advice and proven solutions. The book and accompanying CD-ROM include an extensive array of tools, tips, and techniques needed to make your nonprofit stronger and find the resources you need.

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