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2007 Publications of the Week

December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008


 

The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy by Marcia Avner and Kirsten Nielsen

From the publisher: The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy shows board members how to use their power and privilege to move their organization's work forward. The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy is second in a series of books on the topic from the Wilder Publishing Center. The first book, The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, is aimed at nonprofit executives, managers, and lobbyists. Marcia Avner has more than 30 years influencing public policy. She is public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and assistant professor in nonprofit management at Hamline University. The book includes:

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Concepts, principles, and strategies specific to board members of 501 (c) 3 charities

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An eight-step process that enables boards to plan for advocacy to be proactive instead of reactive

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First-person success stories and from-the-field advice from board members across the U.S.

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Information about the laws that govern lobbying by nonprofits

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Detailed worksheets that lead readers through critical processes

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An appendix of lobbying tips and tactics

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December 23 - 29, 2007


 

People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities by Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield and Sheeraz D. Haji

From the publisher: Giving donors the chance to participate in and contribute to the success of a charity beyond the online gift is proving to be successful for many nonprofits. Find out how to make the most of your online fundraising efforts with the expert advice found in People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities. Featuring a Foreword by James Austin of Harvard University, this hands-on guide is filled with creative ideas, techniques, and suggestions to help readers harness the power of social networking for your nonprofit, including:

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Evaluating your Web site

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Blogs — an important development in fundraising

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How to leverage an individual supporter's social network

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Online marketing to ethnic and special interest communities

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How to influence single-gift Web donors to become monthly donors

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Why ePhilanthropy succeeds — seven pillars of e-success

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Connecting with planned gift donors and prospects

Based on the authors' decades of combined real-life experiences plus scores of international case studies demonstrating ePhilanthropy success stories from around the world, People to People Fundraising provides a wealth of proven, practical techniques to help you boost your organization's success. 

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December 16 - 22, 2007


 

Making Critical Decisions: A Practical Guide for Nonprofit Organizations by Roberta M. Snow and Paul H. Phillips

From the publisher: Roberta Snow and Paul Phillips present a clear and structured way to manage the challenges of limited resources, competing demands, and the need for accountability while remaining true to a nonprofit’s mission.  Making Critical Decisions offers nonprofit leaders a proven model for making hard choices that minimize risks while maintaining progress toward the organization’s goals as well as a practical framework for understanding and implementing the decision-making process. The book includes qualitative and quantitative tools and offers illustrative case examples throughout that clearly show how this method can be applied to different types of nonprofit organizations. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

December 9 - 15, 2007


 

The Creative Community Builder's Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts, and Culture by Tom Borrup

From the publisher: Art and culture can be a powerful catalyst for revitalizing the economic, social, and physical conditions in communities. This handbook gives you successful strategies, best practices, and "how-to" guidance to turn cultural gems into effective community change. Part 1 of this unique guide distills research and emerging ideas behind culturally driven community development and explains key underlying principles. You'll understand the arts impact on community well-being and have the rationale for engaging others. Part 2 gives you ten concrete strategies for building on the unique qualities of your own community. Each strategy is illustrated by two case studies taken from a variety of cities, small towns, and neighborhoods across the United States. You'll learn how people from all walks of life used culture and creativity as a glue to bind together people, ideas, enterprises, and institutions to make places more balanced and healthy. These examples are followed in Part 3 with six steps to assessing, planning, and implementing creative community building projects. Detailed guidance, hands-on worksheets, and a hypothetical community sample walk you through the entire process. Each section includes additional resources as well as an appendix listing books, web sites, organizations, and research studies. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

 

December 2 - 8, 2007


 

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

From the publisher: An innovative guide to how great nonprofits achieve extraordinary social impact. What makes great nonprofits great? Authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant searched for the answer over several years, employing a rigorous research methodology which derived from books on for-profits like Built to Last. They studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact—from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation—and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world. This book has lessons for all readers interested in creating significant social change, including nonprofit managers, donors and volunteers.

Leslie R. Crutchfield (Washington, D.C.) is a managing director of Ashoka and research grantee of the Aspen Institute. Heather McLeod Grant (Palo Alto, CA) is a nonprofit consultant and advisor to Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and the Stanford Center for Social Innovation.

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November 25 - December 1, 2007


 

Funding Effectiveness: Lessons in Building Nonprofit Capacity by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

From the publisher: From Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), a community of grantmakers dedicated to building strong organizations, comes a guide to promising practices in capacity building. Written for leaders of both grantmaking and nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to improving the sector's effectiveness, Funding Effectiveness offers a compelling collection of essays from many of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field. Throughout the book these experts share their personal and their organizations' lessons learned in the area of organizational effectiveness, and they offer practical suggestions and action steps for implementation.

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November 18 - 24, 2007


 

Becoming Culturally Oriented: Practical Advice for Psychologists ands Educators by Nadya A. Fouad and Patricia Arredondo

From the publisher: In Becoming Culturally Oriented: Practical Advice for Psychologists and Educators, Nadya A. Fouad and Patricia Arredondo provide a comprehensive framework for helping psychologists and others in the helping professions to increase and improve culturally responsive practice, research, and education. Research shows that racial and ethnic minorities have less access to mental health services than do Whites and are more likely to receive poor quality services. Compounding these problems is the fact that ethnic minority psychologists are poorly represented among psychologists as a whole, relative to their numbers in the general population. To address these concerns, APA has developed the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, and Organizational Change for Psychologists as a blueprint for psychologists pursuing their work in increasingly diverse communities.

The Guidelines are written in aspirational language, but to date, an associated program for applying the guidelines has been missing. In this book, Fouad and Arredondo show how educators, practitioners, administrators, and researchers can use each of the guidelines as a basis for consciousness-raising and self-examination as well as for broadening culturally responsive practices on an organizational level. Addressing each guideline in turn, the authors provide case studies, checklists, and questions for self-examination and discussion, designed to foster planning and implementation of more culturally informed psychological services and teaching practices. The book will also be useful for nonprofit program staff in a variety of professional settings as well.

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November 11 - 17, 2007


 

Nonprofit World Magazine

From the publisher: Nonprofit World is a bi-monthly magazine published since 1983 by the Society for Nonprofit Organizations. It provides busy nonprofit leaders with concise and practical articles whose advice can be easily implemented. In addition to current issues, subscribers also receive access to an online archive of over 700 searchable and printable articles dating back to 1996 - an indispensable resource for any nonprofit leader or board member.

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November 4 - 10, 2007


 

Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux

Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships, written by fundraising experts Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux, is a new, winning guide to making disappointing donor retention rates a thing of the past. For the first time in one book, nonprofit professionals will find an in-depth analysis of the two things that matter most to long-term fundraising success: relationship building at all levels of the organization and a thorough look at effective fundraising communications. This practical and provocative book shows nonprofit professionals how to:

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Master the strategies and tactics that make fundraising communications profitable

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Create a "culture of philanthropy"

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Apply hard-core marketing principles to fundraising

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Understand the most complete discussion of emotional triggers ever written and the science behind them

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Create plans for relationship-building and donor communications

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Build a truly "donor-centered" program

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Write a case for support

Those seeking their CFRE credential will find this book doubly helpful. The authors based their work in part on the CFRE and AFP job analyses, which document the roles, knowledge, and competencies required for effective fund development.

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October 28 - November 3, 2007


 

Financing Nonprofits: Putting Theory into Practice by Dennis R. Young

From the publisher: Nonprofits often struggle financially, overwhelmed by the need to muster a complex combination of income streams that range from grants and government funding to gifts-in-kind and volunteer labor. Financing Nonprofits draws upon a growing body of scholarship on the economics and organizational theory of nonprofit organizations to offer a set of practically applicable principles that can guide nonprofits towards firmer financial ground. Organized under the auspices of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, Financing Nonprofits is both an invaluable resource to nonprofit leaders and an ideal classroom resource for students of nonprofit finance.

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October 21 - 27, 2007


 

Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies by Sharon M. Oster, Cynthia W. Massarsky, and Samantha L. Beinhacker

From the publisher: In collaboration with the Yale School of Management-The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, this comprehensive guide identifies best practices for generating a reliable income stream and ultimately reducing nonprofit organizations' dependence on traditional sources of funding. Edited by renowned scholar and consultant Sharon Oster and Cynthia Massarsky and Samantha Beinhacker, deputy directors of The Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income: A Guide to Successful Enterprise Strategies will teach readers sound business planning strategies that can significantly benefit their organization's internal capacity and financial health.

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October 14 - 20, 2007


 

Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Grantseeking, 2nd Edition by Andy Robinson

From the publisher: In the revised second edition of the bestselling guide to grantseeking, author and activist Andy Robinson walks you through the challenges of incorporating grants into a complete fundraising program, using grant proposals as organizing plans, designing fundable projects, building proposals piece by piece, and fostering effective communication with funders who support the activist community. This updated edition keeps pace with the changing times and contains all new budgets and model proposals, interviews with funders from the grassroots community and timely information about grantseeking on the Internet. Andy Robinson has worked with a variety of nonprofits as a fundraiser, grantwriter, editor, and community organizer. All told, he has raised more than $4 million for grassroots organizations and written 150 successful proposals.

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October 7 - 13, 2007


 

Transforming Museum Volunteering: A Practical Guide for Engaging 21st Century Volunteers by Ellen Hirzy

The American Association of Museum Volunteers (AAMV) Board of Directors announces the publication of, Transforming Museum Volunteering: A Practical Guide for Engaging 21st Century Volunteers. This new book, written by noted museum author Ellen Hirzy and published by AAMV, is a tool for museums and cultural institutions of all types and sizes who wish to leverage the talents and skills of 21st century volunteers. Museum volunteerism has changed in recent years to encompass a broader range of people who have many different interests, backgrounds, and even availability. The book contains practical information, sample forms, resources, and a toolkit for engaging 21st Century volunteers. 

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September 30 - October 6, 2007


 

Yours, Mine, and Ours: Creating a Compelling Donor Experience by Barry J. McLeish

From the publisher: Written by nonprofit marketing guru Barry McLeish, Yours, Mine, and Ours provocatively challenges nonprofit managers' assumptions about what successful nonprofit management looks like in light of new donor strategies. Keeping up with the sea change in the business of philanthropy has become a full-time job for fundraisers and for managers of nonprofits. McLeish's book explores the expanded expectations of twenty-first-century donors and offers a road map to guide development professionals in building meaningful relationships that will insure years of engaged support. This book goes beyond conventional concepts of branding and marketing into the creation of authentic partnerships between donors and organizations. Filled with revealing case studies that highlight examples of current nonprofit practices, this book shows you how to:

bullet Harness the capabilities the Internet offers and face the numerous issues and opportunities it presents
bullet Design a compelling donor experience that leads to increased giving through stakeholder collaboration, shared values, and new knowledge creation
bullet Achieve both immediate and long-term goals in today's competitive fundraising climate
bullet Promote and expertly present your nonprofit as effectively as do more "glamorous" causes

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September 23 - 29, 2007


 

The Source 12: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards by Boardsource

From the publisher: Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making discernible differences in their advance on mission. How does a board rise to this level? Are there standards that describe this height of performance? The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards defines governance not as dry, obligatory compliance, but as a creative and collaborative process that supports chief executives, engages board members, and furthers the causes they all serve. The Source enables nonprofit boards to operate at the highest and best use of their collective capacity. These principles offer chief executives a description of an empowered board that is a strategic asset to be leveraged. They provide board members with a vision of what is possible and a way to add lasting value to the organizations they lead.

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September 16 - 22, 2007


 

The Community Economic Development Handbook: Strategies and Tools to Revitalize Your Neighborhood by Mihailo Temali

From the Publisher: The step-by-step guide to turning any neighborhood around! In this concrete, practical, jargon-free handbook, author Mihailo Temali describes a proven way to make any community a better place to live. If you don't already have a community economic development (CED) organization in place, Temali tells you how to set one up. Then he defines four pivot points that are crucial to neighborhood economies. Other CED professionals share their insights in “From the Field” notes. Appendices point you toward useful resources, show you how to use the Internet to research your regional economy, and include dozens of worksheets that will help you move from reading about CED to doing it.

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September 9 - 15, 2007


 

Message Matters: Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market by Rebecca K. Leet

From the publisher: It may be true that everyone should care about your mission, but virtue alone won’t catch the attention of your target audiences or prompt their action. Message Matters: Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market helps you do

both. It shows you how to develop messages that resonate with your audiences’ desires so they take the action you want. Message Matters gives you a simple framework for making strategic decisions and guides you through five steps to produce a powerful, activating message. You'll learn how to:

bullet Clarify the action you want
bullet Pinpoint who you want to take action
bullet Discover what your audience wants, hopes for, and desires
bullet Find the shared desires between your organization and your audience
bullet Convey your message effectively

The ideas and approach in Message Matters build on the author’s years of work across the spectrum of professional communications and management and address the everyday challenges facing today’s organizations.  Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

September 2 - 8, 2007


 

Information Gold Mine: Innovative Uses of Evaluation by Paul W. Mattessich, Shelly Hendricks and Ross VeLure Roholt

From the Publisher: Information Gold Mine highlights 14 nonprofits that have used program evaluation in exciting, creative ways. You'll find five examples of using evaluation for improving services, five examples of influencing policy, and four examples of marketing a program. Written for non-technicians-service delivery practitioners, program designers, and managers-Information Gold Mine provides real examples and contains the ideas, suggestions, and actual words of your nonprofit colleagues. Topics include:

bullet Specific changes organizations made based on evaluation findings;
bullet Barriers they faced and how they overcame them;
bullet Practical advice including their most important learning and what would they have done differently;
bullet You’ll also find lists of specific questions to ask if you want to improve services, influence policy and legislation or market a program.

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August 26 - September 1, 2007


 

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

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has just named The Community Leadership Handbook by James F. Krile as recipient of Honorable Mention for the 2007 Terry McAdam Book Award. This book was our pick of the week in August 2006 and we’d like to feature it again.

From the publisher: This significant 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. Topic and tools covered include:

bullet Identifying Community Assets
bullet Community Problem Analysis
bullet Appreciative Inquiry
bullet Translating Vision to Action
bullet Interpersonal Communication for Leaders
bullet Managing Interpersonal Conflict as a Leader
bullet Building Social Capital Across Cultures
bullet Building Coalitions and Effective Community Teams
bullet Recruiting and Sustaining Volunteers
bullet Getting the Most from Your Meetings

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. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

August 19 - 25, 2007


 

Why Nonprofits Fail: Overcoming Founder's Syndrome, Fundphobia and Other Obstacles to Success by Stephen R. Block

From the Publisher: In Why Nonprofits Fail, author and nonprofit expert Stephen Block explains that many well-intentioned leaders hold on to views of their nonprofit organizations that perpetuate problems rather than help fix them. According to Block, the first step to success is to challenge one's own personal paradigms and ideas and be open to unique and alternative approaches to solving problems. This much-needed book helps nonprofits get back on track and offers advice about the seven most common stumbling blocks, including:

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Founder's syndrome

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Fundphobia

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Financial misfortune

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Recruitment disorientation

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Cultural depression in nonprofit organizations

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Self-serving political performance

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Role confusion between the board and executive director

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August 12 - 18, 2007


 

Grantwriting Beyond the Basics Book 3: Successful Program Evaluation by Michael K. Wells, CFRE

From the Publisher: Program evaluation is the key to an organization’s success. Analyzing program outcomes can help you implement cost efficiencies and improve in areas that need extra attention. It gives you the opportunity to evaluate whether what you’re doing is working, and if it’s not, to make the necessary changes. A strong evaluation section in your grant proposal tells the grantor that the organization is succeeding in its mission, or if it’s not, that it has a plan in place to improve future outcomes. The publication includes an extensive chapter on resources, a comprehensive glossary, and an annotated bibliography. Topics include:

bullet What funders want
bullet Coordinating grants and evaluation planning
bullet Logic models and theory of change
bullet Developing an evaluation plan
bullet Writing your evaluation section
bullet Using logic models to show how your program works
bullet The growing use of evidence-based planning
bullet Evaluation instruments and how to use them

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July 29 - August 11, 2007


 

Grantwriting Beyond the Basics Book 2: Understanding Nonprofit Finances by Michael K. Wells

From the Publisher: Michael Wells, author of Proven Strategies does it again with book two in the Grantwriting Beyond the Basics series, Understanding Nonprofit Finances. Concisely written in highly accessible language and loaded with hands-on examples, tables, figures, and forms, Understanding Nonprofit Finances is the most comprehensive book to date on the topic for grantwriters and other nonprofit professionals. According to grantmakers, failure to present the budget clearly and tie it to the narrative is a mistake commonly made by even the most seasoned grantwriter, which can result in an unfunded grant. Understanding Nonprofit Finances prepares the grantwriting professional to do it right the first time around. One by one, Wells removes the barriers to understanding how the budget works and why it's such a key part of any grant proposal.

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July 22 - 28, 2007

Grantwriting Beyond the Basics: Proven Strategies Professionals Use to Make Their Proposals Work, Book 1 (Grantwriting Beyond the Basics)
 

Grantwriting Beyond the Basics: Proven Strategies Professionals Use to Make Their Proposals Work by Michael K. Wells

From the publisher: Proven Strategies is the first in the series Grantwriting Beyond the Basics designed to inspire grantwriters to take your grant development strategies to the next level. As the introductory volume, it is more broad in scope, dealing with a wider array of topics than the others. In his clear, easily accessible writing style, veteran grantwriter Michael Wells reveals the strategies he has used in his 30 years of nonprofit experience, to secure millions of dollars in funding for his clients. His unique approach to program design and management puts this book in a category all its own, offering a sound foundation on which to base your proposal, and paving the way to funding success. Topics covered include:

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Current trends affecting grantwriting

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Honing your skills as a professional grantwriter

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Researching to establish need

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Using logic models in grant development

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Matching evaluations to your project and organization

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Using the budget to tell your story

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Grants tracking for the small organization

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Grants as part of a capital campaign

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Resources for grantwriters

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July 15 - 21, 2007


 

Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes by Katya Andresen

From the publisher: Katya Andresen, a veteran marketer and nonprofit professional, demystifies winning marketing campaigns by reducing them to ten essential rules and provides entertaining examples and simple steps for applying the rules ethically and effectively to good causes of all kinds. The Robin Hood rules steal from the winning formulas for selling socks, cigarettes, and even mattresses, with good advice for appealing to your audiences’ values, not your own; developing a strong, competitive stance; and injecting into every message four key elements that compel people to take notice. Andresen, who is also a former journalist, also reveals the best route to courting her former colleagues in the media and getting your message into their reporting. Katya Andresen is vice president of marketing at Network for Good, the Internet’s leading charitable giving site. She developed the Robin Hood rules in working with dozens of local, national, and international causes in the United States, Eastern Europe, and Africa.

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July 8 - 14, 2007


 

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

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has just named Momentum by Allison H. Fine as winner of the 2007 Terry McAdam Book Award. This book was our pick of the week in September 2006 and we’d like to feature it again.

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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July 1 - 7, 2007


 

Branding for Nonprofits: Developing Identity with Integrity by D.K. Holland

From the publisher: Branding for Nonprofits: Developing Identity with Integrity provides the processes, tools, and thinking needed to brand to rebrand. Author D.K. Holland—a pioneer in the field—helps nonprofits approach the rebranding process with confidence and enthusiasm. The publication addresses the connection between branding and fund-raising. Case studies reveal real-life situations in which nonprofits have successfully created branding opportunities out of dilemmas, creating a distinctive, clear identity that furthers their mission. Inspiring and demystifying, this book is the essential tool for nonprofits seeking to communicate their important work in a bold voice. D.K. Holland has been developing award-winning branding, licensing, promotion, and product development for major clients for more than thirty years. Today she works exclusively with nonprofits.

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June 24 - 30, 2007


 

Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity by Susan Stevens, Ph.D. Kenny

From the publisher: Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, winner of the 2002 Terry McAdam Book Award for best new nonprofit book, weighs in with a developmental perspective on nonprofit capacity and its relationship to increased organizational performance. Offering practical insights and thought-provoking case illustrations, this book presents seven nonprofit lifecycle stages and the predictable tasks, challenges, and inevitable growing pains that nonprofits encounter and can hope to master on the road to organizational sustainability. More than ten thousand nonprofit and foundation officers have attended the Growing-Up Nonprofit TM seminars in which Susan Kenny Stevens originally introduced the hands-on wisdom of lifecycle theory. Now, as foundations and nonprofits seek to understand the principles of capacity and capacity-building activities, Stevens again showcases the lifecycle approach she pioneered more than two decades ago. Susan Kenny Stevens is a nationally recognized consultant, author and lecturer on management, financial and organizational issues pertaining to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Her books and case studies are used nationally and internationally in university-based nonprofit management courses.

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June 17 - 23, 2007


 

Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment, 2nd Edition by Kay Sprinkel Grace

From the publisher: Do you or your volunteers fear rejection or feel like a beggar when fundraising? Do you worry about soliciting donors too often? Are you tired of the relentless cycle of fundraising activities necessary to generate revenues for your programs? Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment, Second Edition dispels these concerns and helps you:

bullet Learn how to position your organization in the community as a constructive, vital, and successful social investment
bullet Develop an investor relationship with donors and engage their values-based commitment capacity to make a difference in their communities

In this revised and updated Second Edition, fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace presents her internationally field-tested core beliefs, principles, and strategies for developing long-term relationships with donor-investors and volunteers. Share in the wisdom and experience that have helped countless nonprofit organizations grow their base of support and go beyond fundraising into true donor and fund development.

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June 10 - 16, 2007


 

Nonprofit Essentials: Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers by Linda Lysakowski

From the publisher: Research and practice tell us that organizations that engage volunteers in fundraising have more sustained success. This book is a substantive contribution to the literature of volunteer fundraisers. Linda Lysakowski brings into focus the realities of enlisting volunteers to ensure success in a campaign. She clearly outlines logical steps that lead to inspiring passion in the volunteer, who is so essential to reaching a goal. The author has woven the guidance of the great masters of philanthropy and volunteer management partnered with her extensive life experience. This is a must-have resource for development officers and nonprofit leadership essential for both volunteers and management. Especially useless are the 'In the Real World' examples of concepts in action that can be implemented locally. Topics include: Finding and recruiting fundraising volunteers; Volunteer positions in the capital campaign; Volunteers in other fundraising roles; Role of the board in fundraising; Training and educating volunteers, and more.

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June 3 - 9, 2007


 

Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion Into Action by Gail Perry

From the Publisher: Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action enthusiastically lays out a clear series of steps that help you introduce your board to a new perspective on fundraising. Written by nonprofit authority Gail Perry, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action presents Passion-Driven Fundraising -- fundraising that engages board members, leads change, and achieves unprecedented results for your organization. This book:

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Renews readers' passion for the change they want their nonprofit to make in the world

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Discusses proper selection of board members and the establishment of clear, early expectations

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Clearly walks you through the process of creating a fundraising board

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Introduces a system of clear and workable steps to fire up your board and turn them into the "Dream Team" you want

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Includes examples of easy ways for board members to get involved in fundraising as well as sample board commitment letters

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Provides a special chapter presenting all of the book's exercises for your use as a powerful retreat designed to motivate, inspire, and empower board members

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May 27 - June 2, 2007


 

The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide for Managers and Boards by Murray Dropkin and Jim Halpin

From the Publisher: This new edition of the bestselling nonprofit financial guide provides step-by-step guidance for nonprofit organizations seeking to build effective budgets. It addresses the importance of budgets and budgeting and walks the reader through basic types of nonprofit budgets, implementation, tracking, and reporting. It includes worksheets, sample budgets, lists, and other tools. This edition also includes new chapters on zero-based budgeting and capital budgeting, as well as a CD with electronic versions of budgeting tools and software to make budget-building easier. Murray Dropkin is President of CMS Systems, a consulting firm that specializes in improving the operational and financial operations of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Jim Halpin has spent the last 30 years developing accounting software and other applications for a wide variety of industries. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

May 20 - 26, 2007


 

Creating Caring and Capable Boards: Reclaiming the Passion for Active Trusteeship by Katherine Tyler Scott

From the Publisher: Creating Caring and Capable Boards is for the millions of people who serve on nonprofit boards and for the executive staff who work with those boards. It offers readers a new and proven model of board leadership. Based on more than ten years of practical experience, this step-by-step process can help board members to refine their understanding of the organization, strengthen their commitment to mission and goals, and improve their ability to lead cohesively and effectively. Author Katherine Tyler Scott explores the historical context of board service, explains the duties of board trustees, and offers straightforward exercises to help trustees fulfill their unique roles. Much more than a guide, this book invites boards to renew their commitment to improving the social sector through caring and competent leadership. Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

May 13 - 19, 2007


 

Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices by John J. Burnett

From the Publisher: Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices teaches proven marketing techniques that can help your nonprofit stand out among the growing number of organization competing for funding, programs, and volunteers. Introducing services marketing as the foundation for nonprofit marketing planning, this essential handbook addresses vital issues including: how to market intangibles, defining services and service products, the unique characteristics of service products, the marketing-related needs and wants of nonprofits, best practices marketing strategies and tactics, and , marketing successes, marketing failures, and company demographics.

Nonprofit leader John Burnett shares everything he's learned during more than three decades managing and consulting nonprofits of every shape and size. Filled with winning marketing concepts, Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices follows an accessible format that actually instructs readers on how to put strategies into effect for their organization.

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May 6 - 12, 2007


 

Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit by J. Gregory Dees, Jed Emerson and Peter Economy

From the publisher: As a follow-up to their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authors of Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs provide a full set of practical tools for putting the lessons of business entrepreneurship to work in your nonprofit. The book offers hands-on guidance that helps social sector leaders hone their entrepreneurial skills and carry out their social missions more effectively than ever before. This practical and easy-to-use book is filled with examples, exercises, checklists, and action steps that bring the concepts, frameworks, and tools to life. Detailed explanations of all the tools and techniques will help you personalize and apply them to your nonprofit organization–making it stronger, healthier, and better able to serve the needs of our communities. 

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April 29 - May 5, 2007


 

Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan by Linda Lysakowski

From the Publisher: One of the most significant factors in the success of any fundraising program is the ability and willingness of the organization to take the time to develop an integrated development plan with realistic budgets, timelines, and areas of responsibility. Part of the AFP/ Wiley Fund Development Series, Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan takes the reader through the development planning process and helps both novice development officers and seasoned professionals to create a plan that contributes to an organization's realization of its mission. Exhorting readers to ensure their plan is a living instrument and not just a document sitting on a shelf, nonprofit expert Linda Lysakowski includes examples of typical development plan formats as well as timelines for the planning process to help users identify the level of detail that will be required. Whether large or small, your organization will benefit from Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan. This professional guide's nuts-and-bolts presentation equips your organization to create a dynamic development plan that fosters enthusiasm, cultivates a sense of confidence, and helps track success.

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April 22 - 28, 2007


 

Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit by Peter C. Brinckerhoff

From the publisher: Generational change presents as many opportunities for nonprofits as challenges. In Generations: The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit, nonprofit mission expert Peter Brinckerhoff tells you what to expect and how to plan for it. From iPod policies to recruiting younger board members, Brinckerhoff shows how you can address generational trends, today, to keep your nonprofit organization relevant and able to meet the changing needs of your staff, volunteers, donors, and the community you serve. You’ll come away with an understanding of six key generational  trends and how they will impact your nonprofit. Individual chapters provide in-depth information on how to deal with generation issues in each area of your organization—staff, board, volunteers, clients, marketing, technology, and finances. This hands-on guides includes the Generational Self-Assessment Tool. This tool gives you a baseline to measure your success as you bring generations into your planning. 

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April 15 - 21, 2007


 

The Ultimate Board Member's Book by Kay Sprinkel Grace

From the Publisher: Kay Sprinkel Grace’s work will take your board members only one hour to read, and yet they’ll come away from The Ultimate Board Member’s Book with a firm command of just what they need to do to help your organization succeed. It’s all here in 114 tightly organized and jargon-free pages: how boards work, what the job entails, the time commitment involved, the role of staff, serving on committees and task forces, fundraising responsibilities, conflicts of interest, group decision-making, effective recruiting, de-enlisting board members, board self-evaluation, and more. In sum, everything a board member needs to know to understand their role and serve capably is explored. Real world, not theoretical, concrete not abstract, The Ultimate Board Member's Book focuses on issues and concerns that all board members will inevitably face and grapple with.

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April 8 - 14, 2007


 

Meeting Excellence: 33 Tools to Lead Meetings That Get Results by Glenn M. Parker and Robert Hoffman

From the Publisher: Meeting Excellence is a comprehensive resource that provides a wide range of ready-to-use tools that have been developed and tested by a meeting initiative within Novartis Pharmaceuticals. It is based on years of research observing team meetings, examining existing meeting documents, and conducting a number of intensive individual interviews in the U.S. and Europe. This important book offers the information and tools needed to prepare, facilitate, and follow up on all your meetings. Step by step, Meeting Excellence shows how to:

bullet Create an action-focused meeting agenda
bullet Ensure that everyone participates in discussion
bullet Deal with disruptive and inattentive people
bullet Develop a climate of trust among meeting participants
bullet Create and deliver effective meeting presentations
bullet Stay on track to achieve your meeting goals
bullet Achieve clear communication during a multicultural meeting
bullet Choose among various web-based meeting tools

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April 1 - 7, 2007


 

Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices by John J. Burnett

From the publisher: In today's challenging economic climate, every nonprofit organization needs an organization-wide commitment to a comprehensive marketing strategy to increase awareness and support. Written for every nonprofit organization, large or small, Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices teaches proven marketing techniques that can help nonprofit organizations stand out among competitors vying for funding, programs, and volunteers. This user-friendly guide demonstrates how services marketing serves as the foundation for nonprofit marketing planning. The book contains principles and applications to help readers implement the concepts discussed, including the marketing-related needs and wants of nonprofit organizations, marketing strategies and tactics, and company demographics, among many others. It is a hands-on guide to the best practices in nonprofit marketing-what to do, what not to do, and how to do it better. 

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March 25 - 31, 2007


 

Nonprofit Law Made Easy by Bruce R. Hopkins

Written by Bruce R. Hopkins, Nonprofit Law Made Easy is a must-read guide for executives, board members, officers, accountants, fundraisers, and others who handle legal issues that affect the way nonprofit organizations are formed and operated.  Nonprofit Law Made Easy presents in-depth discussions on such hot topics as acquiring and maintaining tax-exempt status, reporting requirements, charitable giving, disclosure requirements, unrelated business activities, fundraising, corporate governance principles, and board member liability. It also includes crucial information on avoiding nonprofit law traps and navigating governance and liability issues.

Packed with practical tips and hard-to-find, authoritative advice, Nonprofit Law Made Easy demystifies complex legal issues with plain-language explanations of laws and regulations for non-legal professionals.

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March 18 - 24, 2007


 

Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up: How Nonprofits Can Have the Buildings of Their Dreams by Stanley Weinstein

From the publisher: Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up provides guidance on every aspect of planning and implementing a campaign for funding and completing a significant building project. The book lays out a detailed road map for successfully managing all aspects of project realization. Moving easily from preparation to design to fundraising, Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up presents a comprehensive approach to coordinating these efforts. This practical, clearly written handbook will help the reader:

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Think strategically in the early preparation stage

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Balance building and fundraising concerns

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Build a committed team of volunteers, a cohesive board, and a solid donor base

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Make a strong case for support, utilize media resources, and communicate a clear mission

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Determine what has worked in past successful campaigns

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March 11 - 17, 2007


 

Major Donors: Finding Big Gifts in Your Database and Online by Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, Pamela M. Gignac, and Christopher Carnie

From the publisher: Written by an experienced group of experts for their nonprofit peers, Major Donors: Finding Big Gifts in Your Database and Online supplies all types of nonprofit organizations with the best strategies for navigating the ever-changing world of fundraising on the Internet. Truly international in its examples, research, advice, and knowledge, this book is rich with avenues and ideas about approaching prospective givers—and generous with cross-cultural tips about conducting cultivation and solicitation in various countries. 

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March 4 - 10, 2007


 

Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations by Russell M. Linden

From the publisher: Working Across Boundaries is a practical guide for nonprofit and government professionals who want to learn the techniques and strategies of successful collaboration. Written by Russell M. Linden, one of the most widely recognized experts in organizational change, this no nonsense book shows how to make collaboration work in the real world. It offers practitioners a framework for developing collaborative relationships and shows them how to adopt strategies that have proven to be successful with a wide range of organizations. Filled with in-depth case studies, the book clearly shows how organizations have dealt with the hard issues of collaboration. Working Across Boundaries includes:

bullet Information on how to select potential partners
bullet Guidelines for determining what kinds of projects lend themselves to collaboration and which do not
bullet Suggestions on how to avoid common pitfalls of collaboration
bullet Strategies proven to work consistently
bullet The phases most collaborative projects go through
bullet The nature of collaborative leadership

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February 25 - March 3, 2007


 

Nonprofit Essentials: Endowment Building by Diana S. Newman

From the publisher: Nonprofit Essentials: Endowment Building is a comprehensive guide on how to start, grow, and maintain an endowment. It demonstrates how to put theory into practice with numerous real-life examples and success stories. It provides both practical, hands-on advice and a philosophical, inspirational framework to guide novice and experienced mission-based organizations. The publication shows how endowments can provide multiple opportunities for donor involvement when the solicitation program is well designed and integrated with other fund development and program goals. Emphasizing the critical ethical issues inherent in marketing and structuring endowment gifts, it is an excellent reference manual and training guide for development staff. 

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February 18 - 24, 2007


 

Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth by Susan U. Ph.D. Raymond and Mary Beth Martin

From the Publisher: Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy offers clear insight into the anticipated transfer of wealth between generations, and its practical implications for philanthropy in regards to demographics, the expected trends, the potential impact on the nonprofit system, the impact on governmental policy, and the expanding role of family foundations, women, and donor-advised funds. Noted industry expert Susan Raymond, as well as other field leaders, provide candid insights into what is likely to happen and how nonprofits can prepare.

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February 11 - 17, 2007


 

Not-for-Profit Audit Committee Best Practices by Warren Ruppel

From the Publisher: Due to recent, very public accounting scandals and the resulting Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulations, public companies have strict guidance on financial governance and accounting, including the functions and responsibilities of audit committee members. Though not-for-profit organizations are subject to increased scrutiny, there has been no detailed guidance for their audit committees. This book fills the void and helps not-for-profit organizations answer these questions: How should the audit committee be structured? Which Sarbanes-Oxley requirements (if any) should the audit committee adopt? Which best practices best fit the organization's structure and financial reporting needs? Complete with checklists, sample questions, and an index for quick reference, Not-for-Profit Audit Committee Best Practices covers:

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The audit committee's role in preventing and detecting fraud

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Important internal controls and the internal audit function

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The relationship of the audit committee and the independent auditor

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February 4 - 10, 2007


 

Black Tie Optional: A Complete Special Events Resource for Nonprofit Organizations by Harry A. and Karen Feldman

From the Publisher: Regardless of the kind of big event your organization has planned for its next fundraiser, everything you need to know and do is in this thorough and essential handbook. Now in a Second Edition, Black Tie Optional demystifies the process and makes it as easy as possible to have a successful event that generates money as well as new supporters. Authors and industry experts Harry Freedman and Karen Feldman show you how to: decide on the best kind of event for your organization, select the best location and date for your event, develop budgets, reach and book celebrities, create invitations and get publicity, set ticket prices, and organize and motivate your committees. This handy, how-to manual takes you step by step through the entire process of selecting and producing simple and complicated events and arms you with all the information you need, including practical advice, real-world examples from actual events, summary checklists, and worksheets. 

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January 28 - February 3, 2007


 

The Cash Flow Solution: The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Financial Success by Richard and Anna Linzer

From the publisher: Many nonprofits rely on conventional methods of making and managing money—from donations to cash reserves, endowments, and capital building campaigns—in hopes of securing financial stability for the future. Yet these acquired funds often remain tantalizingly out of reach for day-to-day operations; the balance sheet may look good, but the actual cash available is often surprisingly low. In order to achieve their missions, nonprofits need to fundamentally change the way they think about money. Richard and Anna Linzer introduce a groundbreaking approach to nonprofit financial management based on cash flow and the use of credit that gives nonprofits the money they need, when they need it while ensuring the long-term financial well-being of the organization. Their revolutionary and effective financial model is explained in clear and understandable terms for decision makers in both large and small nonprofit organizations.

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January 21 - 27, 2007


 

Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out): Earned Income Strategies for Nonprofits by Andy Robinson

From the publisher: In Selling Social Change (Without Selling Out) expert fundraising trainer and consultant Andy Robinson shows nonprofit professionals how to initiate and sustain successful earned income ventures that provide financial security and advance an organization's mission. Step by step, this invaluable resource shows how to organize a team, select a venture, draft a business plan, find start-up funding, and successfully market goods and services. Robinson includes critical information on the tax implications of earned income and the pros and cons of corporate partnerships. The book also addresses when to consider outsourcing, collaborating with competitors, and raising additional funds to expand the business. 

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January 14 - 20, 2007


 

Building Donor Loyalty: The Fundraiser's Guide to Increasing Lifetime Value by Adrian Sargeant and Elaine Jay

From the publisher: Building Donor Loyalty is a hands-on guide written for professional fundraisers that outlines the factors that drive donor retention, explains how to keep donors committed to an organization, and offers suggestions for developing donor value over time. It is based on data drawn from a research program which included more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations and was funded by the Aspen Foundation and the Indiana Fund through the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Building Donor Loyalty contains a variety of illustrative case studies that demonstrate the power of effective donor retention strategies and clearly explains each of the factors that can build donor retention. It includes tools and techniques that have proven successful when growing long-term relationships with donors and offers practical advice for fundraisers who want to integrate this knowledge into their own thinking, planning, and practice.

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January 7 - 13, 2007


 

Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes by Cheryl A. Clarke and Susan P. Fox

From the publisher: Nine out of ten grant proposals are rejected. Grant Proposal Makeover shows how to transform lackluster proposals into excellent ones–that have the potential to be funded. This book stands out from other traditional grantwriting books because it illustrates common flaws and problems in proposals and shows exactly how to fix them. It also includes helpful tips and quotes from foundation program officers and funding community insiders taken from an international survey of foundation professionals. 

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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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