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2013 Publications of the Week

December 15 , 2013 - January 4, 2014

Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber

From the publisher: Are you at a point in your life where you’re asking, “What’s next?” You’ve finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one. Many of us face these transitions at midlife, but they can happen at any point. It’s a time full of enormous potential, and it defines a whole new phase of life. It’s called Life Reimagined. Here is your map to guide you in this new life phase. You can use the powerful practices and insights - enhanced with online tools and exercises at the LifeReimagined.org website - to help you uncover your own special gifts, connect with people who can support you, and explore new directions. You’ll be inspired by meeting ordinary people who have reimagined their lives in extraordinary ways. You’ll also read the stories of pioneers of the Life Reimagined movement. They show us that this journey of discovery can help us find fulfillment in surprising new places. One of the profound truths that underlies this book is the liberating notion that each of us is “an experiment of one,” free to find our own path in this new phase of our lives. No old rules, no outdated societal norms, no boundaries of convention or expectation. Let Life Reimagined help you discover your new life possibilities at whatever age you happen to be!

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December 8 - 14, 2013

The Non-Profit Narrative: How Telling Stories Can Change the World by Dan Portnoy and Brian Morykon

From the publisher: The Non-Profit Narrative is designed to help non-profits apply storytelling principles to their day-to-day operations and communications for maximum impact. Applying the idea that all organizations have great stories to tell, Dan Portnoy encourages non-profits to interpret fundraising and engagement through the perspective of storytelling. This proven process has helped non-profits raise millions of dollars, attract donors and make a profound impact for their cause.

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December 1 - 7, 2013

7 Measures of Success: Implementation Guide & Assessment Tool by ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership

From the publisher: The landmark study 7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't was an enormous success when the ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership first published it in 2006. Almost immediately, many association executives who read the book and attended related educational programs expressed a need for tools and resources to implement the 7 Measures framework in their organizations. 7 Measures of Success Implementation Guide and Assessment Tool is the answer to those requests. The guide provides a structured approach, resources, and tools that can be customized to help organizations implement the seven measures in their organizations. The book provides a range of excellent tools to support associations in their quest for greatness, such as sample surveys, cover letters, an annotated reading list by measure, and more.

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November 24 - 30, 2013

7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't by American Society of Association Executives

From the publisher: This update of ASAE's all-time bestseller retains the original book's focus on the disciplines that define remarkable associations and provides some insights on how those remarkable organizations fared in light of the economic challenges in the intervening years since the original publication was published. Based on 15 years of data and original, objective research tailored to the association community's needs, 7 Measures of Success provides empirical data and seven success factors common among visionary nonprofits. Turn your organization from ordinary to extraordinary and discover how to:
 

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Inspire a customer service-oriented culture

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Align products and services with your mission

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Process feedback from members and use the data to deliver results

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Take actions that position your organization to adapt quickly

Without question, this is a must-read book for all levels of association professionals.

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November 17 - 23, 2013

The Nonprofit Policy Sampler, Third Edition by Barbara Lawrence and Outi Flynn

From the publisher: For nonprofit organizations, policies are tools for setting priorities, making decisions, and defining and delegating responsibilities. Too often, policies are created to ensure a bad decision made during a crisis is never repeated. But policy-making need not be reactive. Boards that practice proactive policy-making can save themselves a great deal of anguish in a crisis situation that demands an immediate response. The Nonprofit Policy Sampler is designed to help. This exhaustive resource provides key elements and practical tips for 70 policy topic areas, along with more than 300 sample policies, job descriptions, committee charters, codes of ethics, board member agreements, mission and vision statements, and more. Each topic includes a choice of sample documents so you can select an appropriate sample from which to start drafting or revising your own policy. All samples, which have been professionally and legally reviewed, are included in the accompanying downloadable content.

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November 10 - 16, 2013

Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits by Jay Levinson

From the publisher: The Father of Guerrilla Marketing, Jay Conrad Levinson delivers the first book to adapt the profit-producing principles of Guerrilla Marketing to the world of nonprofits. The nonprofit sector has increased by 65%--a flood of new organizations are vying for donations, competing for volunteers, and carving out their share of the marketplace. Joined by co-authors Frank Adkins and Chris Forbes, Levinson shows nonprofit marketers how to gain the competitive edge they need by replacing their lack of money with the power of time, energy, imagination, and information—allowing them to maximize their impact and raise more money! Armed with time-tested principles, 200 proven weapons of Guerrilla Marketing, and relevant tactics and tools, nonprofit marketers learn how to boost public awareness, increase effectiveness in recruiting volunteers, mobilize advocates, and raise more money—no matter the state of their finances.

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October 27 - November 9, 2013

Finding Allies, Building Alliances: 8 Elements that Bring and Keep People Together by Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown

From the publisher: Your business challenges extend far beyond you and your firm, to the competitors within your industry and the regulators outside it. Finding solutions to larger issues requires cooperation between diverse stakeholders, and in this rapidly changing world, only those able to adapt and network successfully will produce fast, competitive solutions. How can leaders successfully bridge divides and turn competitors into collaborators? Leavitt and McKeown explain how a well-chosen network can become a powerful alliance. Whether you're launching a new partnership, or rehabilitating one already in progress, Finding Allies, Building Alliances will help you find workable solutions to the most complex problems.

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Written by Mike Leavitt, former Governor of Utah who brought the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City, former US Secretary of Health and human services, and former head of the EPA; with his former Chief of Staff and business partner Rich McKeown.

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Includes a framework of 8 elements that will help any leader foster and maintain an effective, productive collaborative venture

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Shows how better collaboration can not only solve problems, but boost the competitiveness and resilience in all sectors

Finding Allies, Building Alliances is essential reading for any business leader looking for transformative solutions and a sustainable future.

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October 20 - 26, 2013

Managing Leadership Transition for Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence by Barry Dym, Susan Egmont and Laura Watkins

From the publisher: For nonprofits leadership transitions are a time of exceptionally high risk. Here, three internationally-respected experts show how to systematically identify, introduce, support, and monitor leaders in ways that enhance rather than undermine their performance. They explain why leadership transitions are so challenging for nonprofits, and show how to replace chaos and crisis with proven, sustainable leadership transition plans. Writing for all nonprofit board members, leaders, aspiring leaders, and stakeholders, the authors demonstrate how to:

bullet Maintain organizational momentum, continuity, and credibility through the transition
bullet Find leaders who align well with your organizational values and its evolving culture
bullet Avoid fighting, rumors, accusations, and the common mistakes that derail nonprofit leadership transitions
bullet Build a sturdy bridge between departing and incoming leaders
bullet Set appropriate expectations for both boards and leaders, and guide them to complement each other successfully
bullet Plan succession and continuity for the long-term
bullet Use transitions to advance the organization’s mission

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October 13 - 19, 2013

The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide: Proven Paths for Leaders and Organizations by Tom Adams

From the publisher: In this dynamic resource, Tom Adams, an expert in succession planning who has worked with hundreds of organizations, shows how intentional leadership development and properly managed leadership transitions provide nonprofits with the rare opportunity to change direction, maintain momentum, and strengthen their capacity. This accessible guidebook is filled with illustrative stories, instructive lessons, best practices, and practical tools that can be used to ensure a successful nonprofit leadership transition.

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September 29 - October 12, 2013

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page

From the publisher: In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. The Difference is about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. The Difference reveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality. Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and Page proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, he explains why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory. He examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems, and along the way offers fascinating and surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago "El" to the truth about where we store our ketchup. Page changes the way we understand diversity--how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.

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September 22 - 28, 2013

Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations  by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers

From the publisher: Old ways of doing things in associations have a way of hanging around, even though trends such as rapid advances in technology, higher member expectations, increased competition, and diverse member markets have rendered these ways obsolete. Race for Relevance presents the radical change that is required to maintain influence and thrive in the new environment and avoid challenges associated with old association models, such as loss of market share, increased competition for members time, and shrinking revenue sources. Authors Harrison Coerver and Mary Byer present five radical changes that will energize and position associations for better performance. Based on 40 years of combined experience with more than a thousand associations, they present new ideas in governance, management, and strategy that will enable associations to better capitalize on the new environment. The book includes case studies that show how some things are working and how some are not. It also includes a workable guide for implementing these changes without sacrificing influence or sanity. Finally, the authors provide worksheets and questions that both seasoned professionals and tomorrow s leaders can use to stay focused on the what, the why, and the how. The five radical changes that the authors propose are:

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Overhauling the governance model and committee operations

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Empowering the CEO and enhancing staff competence

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Rigorously defining the member market

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Rationalizing programs and services

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Building a robust technology framework.

The results of these five changes include streamlined and nimbler governance; staff that is challenged and that works in true partnership with volunteers; a realistic, well-defined member market that s easier to find and market to; products and services that members feel are desirable and beneficial; and increased financial and resource capital in short, an association that can succeed in a brave new world.

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September 15 - 21, 2013

Connected for Good: A Gameplan for a Generous Life by John Stanley

From the publisher: The best kind of generosity is done with others, not for others. People of means and substance are growing weary of fundraising run by charity leaders who’ve adopted the tactics of professional salespeople. They’re looking for ways to make change that’s important to them, rather than just responding to an endless stream of appeals and campaigns. They may have been taught to donate and volunteer as part of their faith or family tradition, but they haven’t learned how to do so in a way that is effective and meaningful. In Connected for Good, John Stanley explores the Generosity Gaps—places where men and women hold back their giving. Stanley believes that we can act on our generous impulses to the full if we start from the heart’s desire for connection. Giving that involves personal relationship and engagement is then more satisfying and sustainable. Going beyond the traditional time, talent, and treasure, Stanley encourages giving from the full range of our renewable currencies:

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Giving in our relationships means practicing amazingly ordinary generosity with those close to us. It also means building bridges between people in our network for their benefit, not ours. Friends and family are a tremendous source of richness.

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Giving our strengths begins with the gift of presence and attention. We can then make sure that the charitable work we do draws on our skills and talents, making it more powerful for the organizations we serve and more enjoyable for ourselves.

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Giving our resources falls into proper perspective when we give relationships and strengths first. Our feet follow our money, and we also find creative ways to use our possessions, space, time, and assets.

Finally, Stanley explores how to make use of the multiplier effect to greatly increase impact. You give something away and receive as much or more back in return. You give but your supply isn’t diminished. Building relationships, expanding strengths, and leveraging resources contributes to the multiplier effect, as does giving upstream to prevent problems at their source.

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September 8 - 14, 2013

You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs edited by Terrie Temkin

From the publisher: Terrie Temkin guides a star-studded cast of collaborators in creating a board volume that delivers the wisdom of the nonprofit world's leading practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs. This easily-digestible book is a must for board directors and anyone who is interested in effective nonprofit leadership. The focused, short-essay format makes it easy for the reader to absorb the authors' thinking on a variety of topics: some traditional—such as board member roles and responsibilities, recruitment, meeting management, and evaluation—and others not so much. For instance, you'll find articles on coaching for directors, the value of conversation, and several new structures for governance. YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs is a book of how, not what. Eschewing a single perspective of governance, it is suggestive, not prescriptive. And it invites you to be part of the dialogue. It is the first governance book of its kind to:

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Reexamine nonprofit governance at its essence

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Challenge dogma about the board versus chief executive roles

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Let YOU decide if you still agree with the old thinking on governance

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Take aim at myths about governance that hold organizations back

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Provide practical, in-the-trenches advice and tips you can use NOW

Whether you are new to the field or have been immersed in it for years, you will find new ideas to help you navigate today's fast-paced, information-saturated reality in which wise practice is rapidly evolving.

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September 1 - 7, 2013

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money by Kivi Leroux Miller

From the publisher: Nonprofits are communicating more often and in more ways than ever before, but is anyone paying attention? In her follow-up to The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause, Kivi Leroux Miller shows you how to design and implement a content marketing strategy that will attract people to your cause, rather than begging for their attention or interrupting them with your communications. You'll learn how to plan, create, share, and manage relevant and valuable content that inspires and motivates people to support your nonprofit in many different ways. Inside you'll find the following:

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Eye-opening look at how nonprofit marketing and fundraising is changing, and the perils of not quickly adapting

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Up-to-date guidance on communicating in a fast-paced, multichannel world

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How to make big-picture strategic decisions about your content, followed by pragmatic and doable tactics on everything from editorial calendars to repurposing content

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Real-world examples from 100+ nonprofits of all sizes and missions

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August 25 - 31, 2013

Seeing Through a Donor's Eyes: How to Make a Persuasive Case for Everything from Your Annual Drive to Your Planned Giving Program to Your Capital Campaign by Tom Ahern

From the publisher: Why should I give you my hard-earned money? Effective fundraisers answer this essential question every time they ask for a gift. What's their secret to success? They have a winning case for support. As Tom Ahern, America's premier fundraising writer, makes clear, a case isn't some fancy argument you only develop for capital campaigns, when you're chasing millions. Successful donor newsletters, websites, annual reports, donor acquisition programs, email, direct mail, advertising, planned giving programs, and, yes, capital campaigns, too all have one thing in common: behind each stands a well-reasoned, emotionally satisfying case for support. Donors are sure to have questions. Your case gives you great answers. Complements Ahern's acclaimed book, How to Write Fundraising Materials that Raise More Money. Tom Ahern is the author of How to Write Fundraising Materials that Raise More Money, Raising More Money with Newsletters than You Ever Thought Possible, and Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications & Stronger Relationships.

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August 18 - 24, 2013

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide by Melanie Mathos, Chad Norman, and Beth Kanter

From the publisher: There are a lot of books about social media strategy, engagement, and listening—but this isn't one of them! Destined to be the most dog-eared book on your desk, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits features 101 take-action plans that anyone managing or supporting a social media program for nonprofits can start using today—and most of the featured resources are free!

Authors Melanie Mathos and Chad Norman — both seasoned nonprofit social-medialites — divide each of the 101 digital-age tactics into five key categories: setup, communicate, engage, fundraise, and measure. Tactics include quick, easy-to-follow steps and tools you'll need to implement them. Plus, many of the 101 entries include "A Closer Look" highlighting how leading nonprofit professionals around the world—including Oxfam, charity: water, Red Cross, Greenpeace, March of Dimes, and many others—are leveraging social media to engage constituents, communicate their cause, and deliver on their mission. Create a program from scratch. Add a new twist to an existing one. Engage with supporters in new and inventive ways. Discover how just a couple of quick clicks of the mouse can make an immediate impact on your organization's social presence with the tips and tools found in 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits.

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August 11 - 17, 2013

How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals, 3rd Edition by Mal Warwick

From the publisher: Now in a completely revised third edition, this classic book shows how to create winning appeals that will realize the full potential of direct mail and online fundraising. Written by fundraising guru Mal Warwick, with assistance from Eric Overman, this comprehensive resource gives nonprofit fundraising staff the information needed to write compelling fundraising appeals for any medium. If you follow Warwick's guidelines, your direct mail and online fundraising campaigns will produce better results, year after year. Written in an easy-to-read style, the book is filled with practical techniques, proven approaches, and illustrative examples of both successful and unsuccessful appeals based on the authors' wealth of experience fundraising for hundreds of nonprofits. Step-by-step and appeal by appeal, the book shows how to navigate the fundraising appeal process with ease. To meet the demands of today's socially connected donors, this new edition explains how to mesh today's online technologies with direct mail to produce optimal fundraising results. You'll learn how to use e-mail, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile technology to recruit more donors and raise more money. The book includes current research on timely topics such as online vs. offline behavior, online giving statistics, demographics, and best practices in integrated fundraising. If you're a nonprofit professional eager to master the latest methods in fundraising, or simply need to write direct mail appeals for your organization, How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals will help you hone your skills and create appeals that will hit the mark every time.

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July 28 - August 10, 2013

With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give by Ken Stern

From the publisher: Vast and largely unexamined, the world of American charities accounts for fully 10 percent of economic activity in this country, yet operates with little accountability, no real barriers to entry, and a stunning lack of evidence of effectiveness. In With Charity for All, Ken Stern reveals a problem hidden in plain sight and prescribes a whole new way for Americans to make a difference. Each year, two thirds of American households donate to charities, with charitable revenues exceeding one trillion dollars. Yet while the mutual fund industry employs more than 150,000 people to rate and evaluate for-profit companies, nothing remotely comparable exists to monitor the nonprofit world. Instead, each individual is on his or her own, writing checks for a cause and going on faith. Ken Stern, former head of NPR and a long-time nonprofit executive, set out to investigate the vast world of U.S. charities and discovered a sector hobbled by deep structural flaws.

Unlike private corporations that respond to market signals and go out of business when they fail, nonprofit organizations have a very low barrier to entry (the IRS approves 99.5 percent of applications) and once established rarely die. From water charities aimed at improving life in Africa to drug education programs run by police officers in thousands of U.S. schools, and including American charitable icons such as the Red Cross, Stern tells devastating stories of organizations that raise and spend millions of dollars without ever cracking the problems they set out to solve. But he also discovered some good news: a growing movement toward accountability and effectiveness in the nonprofit world. With Charity for All is compulsively readable, driven in its early pages by the plight of millions of Americans donating to good causes to no good end, and in its last chapters by an inspiring prescription for individual giving and widespread reform.

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July 21 - 27, 2013

Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz

From the publisher: Often the very same skills and traits that enable rising stars to achieve success "tenacity, aggressiveness, self-confidence" become liabilities when promoted into a leadership track. While managers' conversations are generally transactional and centered on the task at hand, leaders must focus on people, asking great questions and aligning them with the vision for the future. Leadership mindsets and skills can be developed, and Leadership Conversations provides practical guidance for connecting with others in ways that transform each interaction into an opportunity for organizational and personal growth.

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Identifies four types of conversation every leader must master: building relationships, making decisions, taking action, and developing others

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Provides an action plan for boosting your personal leadership potential, as well for developing leadership skills in others

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Draws on the authors' rich experience coaching and working with leaders at a wide range of organizations

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July 14 - 20, 2013

Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances, 2nd Edition by Thomas A. McLaughlin

From the publisher: Using real-world examples, case studies, and enduring frameworks, Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances, Second Edition offers clear, practical, step-by-step guidance through the merger and alliance development process.

From assessing feasibility and planning for implementation to post-merger integration, this ground-breaking work points out pitfalls and offers insightful commentary in every chapter.

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Provides a comprehensive framework for designing and implementing effective collaborations of all kinds

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Offers the tools needed to effectively collaborate with potential partners

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Shows how nonprofit mergers are fundamentally different from for-profit mergers-and why board members need to know this

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Focuses on the needs of the nonprofit sector, including cultural compatibility and compassionate management practices

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Shows nonprofit managers and board members how to make their way through the merger process without repeating Wall Street's mistakes

Insightful and realistic, Nonprofit Mergers and Alliances, Second Edition equips you with the tools and knowledge you need to create effective collaborations.

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July 7 - 13, 2013

The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey by Sarah Brophy

From the publisher: The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey is for nonprofit leaders who want to:

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Reduce environmental impact and save money;

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Quickly implement basic energy- and water-saving strategies;

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Create a green team to help generate and implement green ideas; and

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Outline a sustainability plan that matches your strategic goals.

To help you begin your journey, Sarah Brophy provides a two-step/two-week approach to get the word out and help you find helpers. Fifty-two weeks is a long time to work alone on an effort as important as greening your nonprofit. From the beginning, Brophy shows how to share what you do and build a team to help. By breaking the start of your green journey into 52 weekly steps, Brophy makes the journey easy and fun. She rarely uses jargon but when it's important enough to mention, she explains it. Though this book is for nonprofit practitioners, it's also suitable for anyone in a for-profit business who wants to be environmentally responsible. Sarah Brophy is a pioneer in the field of environmental sustainability in educational nonprofits, particularly museums, zoos, aquariums, and gardens. She consults on environmental sustainability throughout the United States and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is the co-author of The Green Museum, now in its second edition.

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June 30 - July 6, 2013

Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration by Deborah Pruitt

From the publisher: You’re passionate about making an impact … and you know that high-level collaboration is the key. Now you can confidently and consistently create the relationships, partnerships, and groups that achieve outstanding success. Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration synthesizes Deborah Pruitt’s dual perspectives as anthropologist and accomplished organizational consultant into six elements proven to make groups more successful: consistently producing outstanding results and enjoying a rewarding and inspiring collaboration experience. As you work through Group Alchemy, you can take the leap to the next level and create a group culture that serves your vision. With the group alchemy formula you can consistently generate the communication and trust necessary for truly successful collaboration—the kind where people personally invest in the group’s goals and aspirations and are willing to do what it takes to reach them. This is the promise of group alchemy, a promise the author has seen fulfilled time and again in groups that engage this method. Let your group be next!

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June 16 - 29, 2013

You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs edited by Terrie Temkin

From the publisher: Terrie Temkin guides a star-studded cast of collaborators in creating a board volume that delivers the wisdom of the nonprofit world's leading practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs. This easily-digestible book is a must for board directors and anyone who is interested in effective nonprofit leadership. The focused, short-essay format makes it easy for the reader to absorb the authors' thinking on a variety of topics: some traditional—such as board member roles and responsibilities, recruitment, meeting management, and evaluation—and others not so much. For instance, you'll find articles on coaching for directors, the value of conversation, and several new structures for governance. YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs is a book of how, not what. Eschewing a single perspective of governance, it is suggestive, not prescriptive. And it invites you to be part of the dialogue. It is the first governance book of its kind to:

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Reexamine nonprofit governance at its essence

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Challenge dogma about the board versus chief executive roles

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Let YOU decide if you still agree with the old thinking on governance

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Take aim at myths about governance that hold organizations back

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Provide practical, in-the-trenches advice and tips you can use NOW

Whether you are new to the field or have been immersed in it for years, you will find new ideas to help you navigate today's fast-paced, information-saturated reality in which wise practice is rapidly evolving.

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 June 9 - 15, 2013

The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success (Second Edition - Entirely Revised) by Wayne Breitbarth

From the publisher: Tens of thousands have used Wayne Breitbarth's LinkedIn secrets to harness the power of LinkedIn. They've learned how to find (and be found by) the right people. This has resulted in lucrative new customers, great new jobs, and, of course--more income. And most people have only scratched the surface of LinkedIn's potential. In this updated and expanded 2nd Edition of his bestselling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, Breitbarth includes LinkedIn's newest features and shares strategies for capitalizing on them. And if you think you're at a social-media disadvantage because you entered the business world before the rise of Facebook, this seasoned businessman shows you how just the opposite is true. Your experience and business network actually give you a leg up in harnessing the benefits of LinkedIn. As an added bonus, Breitbarth includes a 6-week, 2-hour-per-week startup plan and weekly maintenance plan that will motivate you to make the most of your time on LinkedIn.

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 June 2 - 8, 2013

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

From the publisher: The third 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. This latest edition has been thoroughly revised. It reflects the evolving nature of the field, while maintaining its value as a guide to the foundational skills needed for evaluation 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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 May 26 - June 1, 2013

Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2013: Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles by Richard F. Larkin and Marie DiTommaso

From the publisher: The Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2013 is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to the accounting and financial reporting principles used by not-for-profit organizations. Written with the needs of the financial statement preparer, user, and attestor in mind, this guide provides a complete review of the authoritative accounting literature that impacts all types of not-for-profit organizations. At the same time, Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2013 features many examples and illustrations that will assist professionals in applying authoritative literature to real-life situations.

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Easy-to-use information that enables users to find needed information quickly

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Coverage of accounting principles specifically related to not-for-profit organizations, as well as accounting principles applicable to all types of organizations

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Specific coverage of accounting issues for different types of not-for-profit organizations

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A disclosure checklist that helps financial statement preparers and attestors ensure that all disclosures required by GAAP have been considered

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Flowcharts, diagrams, and charts, wherever possible, to help facilitate the user's understanding of the material presented

Destined to become the reference you keep at your side, Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2013 strives to be a thorough, reliable reference that nonprofit accounting professionals will use constantly.

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 May 19 - 25, 2013

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

From the publisher: This book provides an easy-to-follow roadmap for successfully implementing the Balanced Scorecard methodology in small- and medium-sized companies. Building on the success of the first edition, the Second Edition includes new cases based on the author's experience implementing the balanced scorecard at government and nonprofit agencies. It is a must-read for any organization interested in achieving breakthrough results.

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 May 12 - 18, 2013

Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use by Michael Quinn Patton PhD

From the publisher: Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence. He illustrates how DE can be used for a range of purposes: ongoing program development, adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts, generating innovations and taking them to scale, and facilitating rapid response in crisis situations. Students and practicing evaluators will appreciate the book's extensive case examples and stories, cartoons, clear writing style, "closer look" sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.

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 May 5 - 11, 2013

The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead by Julie Straw, Barry Davis, Mark Scullard and Susie Kukkonen

From the publisher: Comprehensively researched, thought-provoking, and eminently practical VAE: The Work of Leaders stimulates fresh conversations and new perspectives regardless of the leader’s knowledge or experience. It’s an opportunity for leaders at all levels of learning to reflect on how they approach each step of their work along a “leadership continua” and helps leaders take action with personalized tips and strategies that give clear direction and are easy to apply. Introductory chapters introduce the steps of the VAE process, defines, demystifies, and contextualizes each, and sets up the three key “drivers” for each step. Subsequent chapters address each driver in detail. Driver chapters introduce keys and behaviors that leaders use to further each step of the model and provides specific strategies for those who are looking to increase their ability to explore during the vision process. It also makes these ideas concrete by relating illustrative examples or anecdotes about people and organizations who have used these drivers to improve their effectiveness to realize each step in meaningful ways. Throughout each chapter, proprietary research and quotes from key thinkers help to add interest and depth to the discussion. Concluding chapters aim to “bring to life” each step with real-world stories that illustrate key lessons about each step on the leadership continua. These examples show the simplicity, intuitiveness, and usefulness of each step as a part of the work of leaders. It also includes suggested reading for further exploration of this aspect of the work of leaders.

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April 28 - May 4, 2013

The Ethics Challenge in Public Service: A Problem-Solving Guide by Carol W. Lewis and Stuart C. Gilman

From the publisher: This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of The Ethics Challenge in Public Service is the classic ethics text used in public management programs nationwide. The book serves as a valuable resource for public managers who work in a world that presents numerous ethical challenges every day. It is filled with a wealth of practical tools and strategies that public managers can use when making ethical choices in the ambiguous and pressured world of public service. The book also contains new material on topics such as social networking, the use of apology, ethics as applied to public policy, working with elected officials, and more.

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April 14 - 27, 2013

Online Fundraising Essentials by Scott C. Stevenson

From the publisher: Originally published by Stevenson, Inc., this practical resource provides nonprofit organizations and professionals with strategies for generating more online contributions and leveraging websites for fundraising. It is filled with ways to engage visitors, communicate with donors, and add interactivity, revenue-generating online events and funding opportunities to an organization’s website. Important topics covered include: Integrating fundraising into websites, Social media, Building lists, Online tools, Online donor engagement, Blogs, Online events, Online surveys, Online giving, Attracting prospective donors, and Community building.

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April 7 - 13, 2013

Share of Mind, Share of Heart: Marketing Tools of Engagement for Nonprofits by Sybil F. Stershic

From the publisher: Author Sybil Stershic's newest book, Share of Mind, Share of Heart Marketing Tools of Engagement for Nonprofits, brings that "share of mind and heart" mindset to the nonprofit space, where it is most needed. In a world crowded with advice on every business front, where marketing so often focuses on the creative aspects of promotion, Stershic shows you how to bring the personal back into the conversation because in the end, it is not as much about the marketing materials, as it is about the people. Engaging with volunteers, staff, and the executive team, to create and stay true to the brand promise in your marketing materials, is not only recommended, it's necessary. This publication just won a 2013 Small Business Book Award.

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March 31 - April 6, 2013

Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement by Kari Dunn Saratovsky and Derrick Feldmann

From the publisher: Written by Millennials about Millennials, Cause for Change examines strategies for engaging Millennials as constituents, volunteers, and donors, and focuses on how organizations can realign themselves to better respond to this group of 80 million strong. At the heart of this research-based guide is the Millennial Development Platform, an action-based rubric developed by the authors and included in each chapter to help organizations create the infrastructure for a long-term millennial engagement strategy.

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Examines how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers, and choose to give their time and money

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Explains how Millennials view their role in the workplace, and how their approach is re-shaping nonprofit culture from within

Cause for Change profiles Millennials who have emerged as dynamic leaders to create and manage movements in their communities.

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March 24 - 30, 2013

Social Marketing and Social Change: Strategies and Tools For Improving Health, Well-Being, and the Environment by R. Craig Lefebvre

From the publisher: How can we facilitate more effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable solutions to the problems that confound our communities and world? Social marketing guru R. Craig LeFebvre weaves together multi-level theories of change, research and case studies to explain and illustrate the development of social marketing to address some of society’s most vexing problems. The result is a people-centered approach that relies on insight and empathy as much as on data for the inspiration, design and management of programs that strive for changes for good. This text is ideal for students and professionals in health, nonprofit, business, social services, and other areas.

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March 17 - 23, 2013

Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy by Penelope Cagney

From the publisher: A practical guide to the challenges and successes of global fundraising, written by an international team of highly respected philanthropy professionals and edited by two of the leading nonprofit thinkers, Global Fundraising is the first book to genuinely offer a global overview of philanthropy with an internationalist perspective. As the world becomes more interdependent, and economies struggle, global philanthropy continues to increase. More than that, nonprofits are taking up roles that have traditionally been filled by the government—including social welfare, healthcare, and human rights. Global Fundraising provides complete coverage of the implications of this growth for nonprofit culture and how it drives changes in fundraising practices. Organized into thematic chapters—a mixture of geographic and topical issues—it places North American philanthropy in a wider context.  It features a companion website with a variety of online tools and materials. The book includes contributions by international leading experts and skillfully tracks how the world of fundraising is changing rapidly due to a number of factors including: continuing growth of great wealth; non-profit innovation emerging everywhere; growth of indigenous NGOs; increased professionalism in fundraising; and the value and role of new and social technologies. Written by a team of philanthropy leaders, Global Fundraising offers timely coverage of fundraising around the world. A must-have for INGO leaders and anyone, anywhere, interested in the future of philanthropy and effective fundraising practices.

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March 10 - 16, 2013

Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact by Dalya F. Massachi

From the publisher: Whether you're an accidental or emerging writer or a seasoned wordsmith, this comprehensive resource will help you build and manage the invaluable skills behind writing values-driven copy. You will find advice on everything from advancing your brand to storytelling to minding the devilish details. Discover how to painlessly: - Write and edit a full spectrum of clear, concise, creative pieces that will reach and influence your diverse intended audiences - Streamline and strengthen your writing process-from planning to proofreading - Develop your own confident, expert writing voice Included in these pages you will find: - More than 500 real-life examples from nonprofits, green businesses, government agencies, and others - Hundreds of stimulating questions and exercises that help you apply the lessons to your own work - Numerous guide sheets, checklists, and handy appendices - Dozens of warnings about potential pitfalls ... all this delivered with a generous helping of fun illustrations, cultural references, and humor. If you've ever had trouble expressing your passion in writing, or telling your story in a fresh and compelling way, this powerhouse of a book is for you. Author Dalya F. Massachi, M.A., draws on her nearly 20 years of professional experience writing and editing for hundreds of socially responsible organizations.

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March 3 - 9, 2013

Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World by Dan Pallotta

From the publisher: Virtually everything our society has been taught about charity is backwards. We deny the social sector the ability to grow because of our short-sighted demand that it send every short-term dollar into direct services. Yet if the sector cannot grow, it can never match the scale of our great social problems. In the face of this dilemma, the sector has remained silent, defenseless, and disorganized. In Charity Case, Pallotta proposes a visionary solution: a Charity Defense Council to re-educate the public and give charities the freedom they need to solve our most pressing social issues.

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Proposes concrete steps for how a national Charity Defense Council will transform the public understanding of the humanitarian sector, including: building an anti-defamation league and legal defense for the sector, creating a massive national ongoing ad campaign to upgrade public literacy about giving, and ultimately enacting a National Civil Rights Act for Charity and Social Enterprise

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From Dan Pallotta, renowned builder of social movements and inventor of the multi-day charity event industry (including the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days) that has cumulatively raised over $1.1 billion for critical social causes

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The hotly-anticipated follow-up to Pallotta’s groundbreaking book Uncharitable

Grounded in Pallotta’s clear vision and deep social sector experience, Charity Case is a fascinating wake-up call for fixing the culture that thwarts our charities’ ability to change the world.

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February 17 - March 2, 2013

Social Business by Design by Dion Hinchliffe and Peter Kim

From the publisher: Social Business By Design is the definitive management book on how to rethink the modern organization in the social media era. Based on their research and work through the Dachis Group, thought leaders Dion Hinchcliffe and Peter Kim deftly explore how the social, cultural, and technological trends provoked by the social media explosion are transforming the business environment. Designed as both a strategic overview and a hands-on resource, Social Business By Design clearly shows how to choose and implement a social business strategy and maximize its impact. The book:

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Explains the mechanisms, applications, and advantages of a strategic array of social media topics, including social media marketing, social product development, crowdsourcing, social supply chains, social customer relationship management, and more

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Features examples from high-profile companies such as SAP, Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Bloomberg, HBO, Ford, and IBM who have implemented social business strategies

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Draws on the extensive research and expertise of the Dachis Group, which has helped numerous Fortune 500 clients plan, build, and activate effective social business solutions

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February 10 - 16, 2013

Building a Rock-Solid Partnership With Your Board: A Real-Life, Practical Guidebook for Nonprofit and Public CEOs  by Doug Eadie

From the publisher:  In Building a Rock-Solid Partnership With Your Board, author Doug Eadie draws on his work with hundreds of nonprofit and public organizations of every size and purpose to explain how board-savvy CEOs effectively manage the human dimension of the governing board-CEO relationship. Using real-world case studies, he outlines five keys to builidng a rock-solid partnership between the organization's CEO and its board of directors: 1.) bring the right mindset to the governing arena; 2.) make the board chair a close ally; 3.) turn board members into strong owners; 4.) make the board's work more interesting and enjoyable; and 5.) put in place a well-designed CEO evaluation process. CEOs who want their nonprofit organizations to thrive in difficult times will learn how to create an empowered board that collaborates effectively with the chief executive in such key areas as strategic and operational planning; performance monitoring; and external relations. Readers will learn to harness the extensive knowledge, experience and outside connections that governing boards can bring to the organization's Strategic Governing Team, helping to assure the nonprofit's long-term success and job security for the board-savvy CEO.

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February 3 - 9, 2013


 

Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community by Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward

From the publisher: Social Change Anytime Everywhere was written for nonprofit staff who say themselves or are asked by others, “Email communications, social media, and mobile are important, but how will they help our nonprofit and the issues we work on? Most importantly, how the heck do we integrate and utilize these tools successfully?” The book will help answer these questions, and is organized to guide readers through the planning and implementation of online multi-channel strategies that will spark advocacy, raise money and promote deeper community engagement in order to achieve social change in real time. It also serves as a resource to help nonprofit staff and their boards quickly understand the evolving online landscape and identify and implement the best online channels, strategies, tools, and tactics to help their organizations achieve their missions.

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January 27 - February 2, 2013


 

Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice by Michael J. Worth

From the publisher: The only comprehensive textbook for the Nonprofit Management course, this book provides a broad overview of key topics, including the scope and structure of the nonprofit sector, leadership and managing, fundraising and financial management, lobbying and advocacy, managing internationally, and social entrepreneurship. The Second Edition examines the effects on the nonprofit sector of the economic recession and recent changes in law, and provides new data and cases. Michael J. Worth is Professor of Nonprofit Management in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He teaches graduate courses related to the governance and management on nonprofit institutions and organizations and to philanthropic fund-raising.

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January 20 - 26, 2013


 

How to Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today by Gayle L. Gifford

From the publisher: A high-performing, diligent board that takes its responsibilities seriously is the Holy Grail of nearly every nonprofit in the U.S. Such a board means more money raised, swifter policy decisions, steady governance, and less Advil for the CEO. But can you realistically get there from here? Can you put your average or good board on the road to greatness? Indeed you can, says Gayle Gifford, and you're closer than you think. Gifford's approach is as fresh as a morning-picked berry. She doesn't lecture, doesn't scold, doesn't harangue. Instead she challenges your board to transform itself by answering a series of probing questions. As your board answers (and sometimes debates) each one, they simultaneously take stock of the overall job they're doing - or not doing. All without delay or the help of an expensive board consultant!

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January 13 - 19, 2013


 

Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals and Board Members by Amy Eisenstein

From the publisher: Raising More with Less will take you step-by-step through creating or improving your nonprofit organization’s development program, whether you have no paid fundraising staff members or are fortunate enough to have one full-time staffer or more. It is written for the reader who is in (or will be creating) a small development shop with just one person or only a few to handle fundraising. Amy Eisenstein, MPA, CFRE is also the author of 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop and is a contributing author to You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. This book is for you if you are any of these:

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Just starting a career in fundraising.

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An executive director or CEO of a nonprofit.

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Responsible for an organization that has limited or no history or experience with fundraising.

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A board member or other volunteer who has been charged with the responsibility of leading fundraising efforts.

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Are a seasoned fundraising professional and want to brush up on the basics and get some new ideas.

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Have become stale and want to become reenergized and reinvigorated about fundraising.

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January 6 - 12, 2013


 

Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie A. Perlow

From the publisher: Does it have to be this way? Can’t resist checking your smartphone or mobile device? Sure, all this connectivity keeps you in touch with your team and the office—but at what cost? In Sleeping with Your Smartphone, Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow reveals how you can disconnect and become more productive in the process. In fact, she shows that you can devote more time to your personal life and accomplish more at work. The good news is that this doesn’t require a grand organizational makeover or buy-in from the CEO. All it takes is collaboration between you and your team—working together and making small, doable changes.

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December 23, 2012 - January 5, 2013


 

The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards by Cathy A. Trower

From the publisher: The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership offers a resource that shows how to achieve excellence and peak performance in the boardroom by putting into practice the groundbreaking model that was introduced in the book, Governance as Leadership. This proven model of effective governance explores how to attain proficiency in three governance modes or mindsets: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. Throughout the book, author Cathy Trower offers an understanding of the Governance as Leadership model through a wealth of illustrative examples of high-performing nonprofit boards. She explores the challenges of implementing governance as leadership and suggests ideas for getting started and overcoming barriers to progress. In addition, Trower provides practical guidance for optimizing the practices that will improve organizational performance including: flow (high skill and high purpose), discernment, deliberation, divergent thinking, insight, meaningfulness, consequence to the organization, and integrity. In short, the book is a combination of sophisticated thinking, instructive vignettes, illustrative documents, and practical recommendations. The book includes concrete strategies that can help improve critical thinking in the boardroom, a board's overall performance as a team, as well as information for creating a strong governance culture and understanding what is required of an effective CEO and a chairperson. To determine a board's fitness and help the members move forward, the book contains three types of assessments: board members evaluate each other; individual board member assessments; and an overall team assessment. This practitioner's guide is written for nonprofit board members, chief executives, senior staff members, and anyone who wants to reflect on governance, discern how to govern better, and achieve higher performance in the process.

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