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Publication of the Week: December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Collaboration by Harvard Business Review, Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, and Morten Hansen

From the publisher: If you read nothing else on collaborating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you work more productively with people on your team, in other departments, and in other organizations. Leading experts such as Daniel Goleman, Herminia Ibarra, and Morten Hansen provide the insights and advice you need to:

bullet Forge strong relationships up, down, and across the organization
bullet Build a collaborative culture
bullet Bust silos
bullet Harness informal knowledge sharing
bullet Pick the right type of collaboration for your business
bullet Manage conflict wisely
bullet Know when not to collaborate

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December 20 - 26, 2015

Strategic Talent Development: Develop and Engage All Your People for Business Success by Janice Caplan

From the publisher: In recent years globalization and technological advances have changed the business world. In this new world of ideas, which may come from anywhere within the company, businesses must be sufficiently agile, future-focused, and innovative to keep pace with rapid change. In these new conditions, command and control systems no longer work effectively and nor do extended hierarchies of management. To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will have to recognize the importance of their people. Strategic Talent Development will help them to:

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Develop talent for the future

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Encourage an organizational culture that is collaborative and innovative

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Direct and coordinate their people to encourage flexibility and rapid responses

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Actively harness employee engagement 

Structured around a unique new model, the Four-Point framework, Strategic Talent Development will enable leaders to transform their employees' talent as a competitive advantage in order to deliver strategic success.

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December 13 - 19, 2015

What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving Organizations by Beth Gazley and Ashley Bowers

From the publisher: Boards matter to organizational performance. But the diversity of the nonprofit sector means there is no single formula for effective governance. Structure, size, rate of growth, geography, and other organizational differences can cloud our understanding of board performance. The study behind this book, research produced through an ASAE Foundation collaboration with Indiana University, pays special attention to the intentional decisions boards and staff make to achieve high performance regardless of context.

Prior to this study, research into the governing practices of associations and other member-serving organizations was hard to come by. This study is the first to offer a representative snapshot of current governance practices in these associations and member-serving organizations. You'll find ample insight into important questions like the following:

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How do organizations attract the right competencies to their boards?

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Is there a sweet spot for board size?

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In which areas of responsibility do CEOs rate their boards highest, and where do they find them lacking?

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How well are boards assessing and reporting on their own performance?

A summary of the key findings, 50 tables showing the results of specific questions, and the authors' analysis make this an exceptional resource for benchmarking your own governance practices and to start, or continue, a conversation within your own organization about how to achieve the qualities of a high-functioning board.

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December 6 - 12, 2015

Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl A. Clarke

From the publisher: Grantwriters often have little or no training in the practical task of grantseeking. Many feel intimidated by the act of writing, and some don't enjoy writing. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, Second Edition, Cheryl Clarke presents an organic approach to grantseeking, one that views the process through the lens of the pleasures and rewards of crafting a good story. Grantseekers who approach the process as one in which they are connecting with an audience (grantmakers) and writing a narrative (complete with settings, characters, antagonists and resolutions) find greater success with funders. This book walks readers through all the main phases of the proposal, highlighting the creative elements that link components to each other and unify the entire proposal. The book contains resources on crafting an effective synopsis, overcoming grantwriter's block, packaging the story, and the best ways to approach the "short stories" (inquiry and cover letters) that support the larger proposal. Clarke also stresses the need to see proposal-writing as part of a larger grantseeking effort, one that emphasizes preparation, working with the entire development staff, and maintaining good relations with funders. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, new and experienced grantseekers alike will discover how to write and support successful proposals with humor and passion.

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November 29 - December 5, 2015

Driving Social Change: How to Solve the World's Toughest Problems by Paul C. Light and Catherine B. Reynolds

From the publisher: This important book illustrates how to create the social breakthroughs needed to solve urgent global threats such as poverty, disease, and hunger. It then turns to three alternative, but complementary, paths to social breakthrough: social protecting, social exploring, and social advocacy, providing a detailed map of the journey from initial commitment to a world of justice and opportunity.

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Examines the current condition of the social impact infrastructure

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Offers strategies for how to remedy the steady weakening of our social-impact infrastructure

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Provides tactics to build strong social organizations and networks

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Illustrates dynamic methods to respond to constant economic and social change

Author Paul Light believes we should be less concerned about the tools of agitation (social entrepreneurship, social protecting, social exploring, and social advocacy) and more concerned about the disruption and replacement of the status quo. Timely in its urgency, this book describes the revolutionary social impact cycle, which provides a new approach for framing the debate about urgent threats.

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November 22 - 28, 2015

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. 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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November 15 - 21, 2015

Transformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change by Beth Gazley and Katha Kissman

From the publisher: There has never been so much pressure on nonprofit boards of directors to achieve a level of accountability that meets public and stakeholder expectations. Member-serving association boards may be especially challenged by their more complex affiliate structures and a greater emphasis on representative governance. But what does the journey to good governance look like? Markedly different from existing board development books, this modern approach focuses less on the behaviors and qualities of "high-performing boards" and more on the stages and processes that directors and their staff used to transform their boards. Based on research funded by the ASAE Foundation, the book fills a gap in the governance literature by emphasizing diagnosis and problem solving, using the actual tools and activities implemented by 85 transformed associations. Combining the credibility of scholarly research with lively and compelling stories, tools, and teachable moments, this book is designed to help associations and other nonprofit organizations achieve the entire journey to good governance, from first to last steps.

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November 8 - 14, 2015

Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers 3rd Edition by Thomas A. McLaughlin

From the publisher: This resource for nonprofit managers and board members simplifies accounting concepts and provides practical advice that can help nonprofits achieve a higher degree of accountability. Clearly written, concise, and insightful, the Second Edition of the popular resource explains in plain English how to read, interpret, and implement financial data from bookkeepers and accountants to make management decisions that ensure an organization's long-term financial viability. Thomas A. McLaughlin has over 25 years of nonprofit experience as a nonprofit manager, trade association executive, and consultant. He is nationally recognized as an expert in nonprofit mergers and alliances, financial management, and strategic planning.

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October 25 - November 7, 2015

Innovative Leadership Fieldbook by Maureen Metcalf and Mark Palmer

From the publisher: Innovative Leadership Fieldbook is a leading text for managers, executives and individual contributors providing a combination of well-researched theory with practical business case studies. Authors Maureen Metcalf and Mark Palmer define leadership from a thoughtful, new perspective and provide a six-step process for developing strong leadership qualities. "Leadership needs innovation the way innovation demands leadership, and by combining them you can improve your capacity to deliver results," as explained in this book.

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October 18 - 24, 2015

Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits: Building Capacity and Sustainability, with Website by Woods Bowman

From the publisher: A complete guide to the financial requirements a nonprofit organization must follow to indefinitely maintain the volume and quality of their services. An organization may have plenty of capacity in the long run, but in the short run, donor restrictions and limited financing options are constraining. Here-and-now liquid assets are the only resources available. Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits: Building Capacity and Sustainability shows how to measure a nonprofit organization's financial capacity in different time frames and how to measure its ability to sustain capacity in each case. Written by a nonprofit scholar, the book explains how nonprofits differ from businesses and how they promote values-centered management, and reveals how to improve financial capacity and sustainability. Filled with real-world case studies and actionable advice relating financial health to financial capacity and sustainability, Finance Fundamentals for Nonprofits is essential reading for every nonprofit professional.

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October 11 - 17, 2015

Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! A Nonprofit Fundraising Manual for Beginners by Susan Black 

From the publisher: Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! is for anyone new to fundraising. Perhaps you serve as a board member or other volunteer of a nonprofit that needs to raise money. Or maybe you're employed as the new development director or even as the executive director. It’s even possible that you worked with another organization in the past that raised money but you weren’t the one in charge. Now someone has asked you to step up to the plate and you’re not sure what this is going to require—or even if your organization is ready. Seasoned fundraising consultant Susan Black pours into this book the lessons of her twenty years of working in the nonprofit fundraising field. In a no-nonsense, economical style—complete with worksheets, tables, and illustrations—Susan mentors you in the most important things you need to know to get started in fundraising. More importantly, she helps you assess where your organization currently stands and identify what you need to do next to get on a path to fundraising success. This quick-start guide will help you:

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Motivate and mobilize your board and staff to fundraise

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Uncover the myths versus the realities of what it takes to succeed

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Analyze your nonprofit to determine the chances of fundraising success

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Lead nonprofit fundraising efforts, whether you’re a volunteer or a staff member

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October 4 - 10, 2015

State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by The Worldwatch Institute

From the publisher: Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.’s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments’ progress has been lackluster. That’s not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action—on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises—is being driven by local, people’s, women’s, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations. These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute’s highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet’s impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance. The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics—and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.

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September 27 - October 3, 2015

Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact Hardcover by Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor and John Cleveland 

From the publisher: Social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists now recognize that to achieve greater impact they must adopt a network-centric approach to solving difficult problems. Building networks of like-minded organizations and people offers them a way to weave together and create strong alliances that get better leverage, performance, and results than any single organization is able to do. While the advantages of such networks are clear, there are few resources that offer easily understandable, field-tested information on how to form and manage social-impact networks. Drawn from the authors’ deep experience with more than thirty successful network projects, Connecting to Change the World provides the frameworks, practical advice, case studies, and expert knowledge needed to build better performing networks. Readers will gain greater confidence and ability to anticipate challenges and opportunities. Easily understandable and full of actionable advice, Connecting to Change the World is an informative guide to creating collaborative solutions to tackle the most difficult challenges society faces.

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September 20 - 26, 2015

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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September 13 - 19, 2015

Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy 2nd Edition by Helmut K. Anheier

From the publisher: In this new edition of his popular textbook, Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy, Helmut K. Anheier has fully updated, revised and expanded his comprehensive introduction to this field. The text takes on an international and comparative dimensions perspective, detailing the background and concepts behind these organizations and examining relevant theories and central issues. Anheier covers the full range of nonprofit organizations – service providers, membership organizations, foundations, community groups – in different fields, such as arts and culture, social services and education. He introduces central terms such as philanthropy, charity, community, social entrepreneurship, social investment, public good and civil society, whilst explaining how the field spills over from public management, through nonprofit management and public administration. The previous edition won the Best Book Award at the American Academy of Management in 2006. Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy is an ideal resource for students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both Europe and North America.

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September 6 - 12, 2015

How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters, with CD, 2nd Edition by Mal Warwick

From the publisher: You'll learn all the essential components of writing for success from this go-to book for writing for fundraising! Mal Warwick, the nation's premier letter-writing tutor and direct mail expert, shows you the essential tools for making your direct marketing program a success. He gives you both general advice about the most effective direct mail strategies and specific guidance. Learn his step-by-step model through all the critical stages -from laying the groundwork for a prosperous campaign through the importance of thanking donors. Includes new chapters on E-mail solicitations, monthly and legacy giving and free downloads on josseybass.com.

bullet Gain insight into current trends in the field with updated cases, samples, and examples
bullet Access more content for small to medium NPOs with limited budgets and resources
bullet Learn the latest technology with new sections on typography and lay out

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August 30 - September 5, 2015

The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions by Steve Zimmerman  and Jeanne Bell - 2015 Winner of the McAdams Book Award

From the publisher: Nonprofit sustainability lies at the intersection of exceptional impact and financial viability. The Sustainability Mindset offers nonprofit professionals and board members a step-by-step guide to move your organization towards this intersection. As outlined in the bestselling book Nonprofit Sustainability, "The Matrix Map" is an accessible framework that combines financial and programmatic goals into an integrated strategy. In this next-step resource, the authors detail a rigorous process to develop a meaningful Matrix Map and engage leadership in setting an organization's strategy. Nonprofits that thrive in today's environment are adaptable with a clear understanding of their impact and business model. This book offers nonprofit boards and staff a framework to do so. Drawing on their in-depth experience, the authors provide an easy-to-follow process complete with tools and templates to help organizations visualize their business model and engage in strategic inquiry. The book provides a variety of illustrative examples to show how the Matrix Map works for all types of organizations. Nonprofit executives and board member are sure to benefit from The Matrix Map analysis.

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 August 16 - 29, 2015

Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results by Alison Green and Jerry Hauser 

From the publisher: A nonprofit manager's fundamental job is to get results, sustained over time, rather than boost morale or promote staff development. This is a shift from the tenor of many management books, particularly in the nonprofit world. Managing to Change the World is designed to teach new and experienced nonprofit managers the fundamental skills of effective management, including: managing specific tasks and broader responsibilities; setting clear goals and holding people accountable to them; creating a results-oriented culture; hiring, developing, and retaining a staff of superstars.

bullet Offers nonprofit managers a clear guide to the most effective management skills
bullet Shows how to address performance problems, dismiss staffers who fall short, and the right way to exercising authority
bullet Gives guidance for managing time wisely and offers suggestions for staying in sync with your boss and managing up. 

This important resource contains 41 resources and downloadable tools that can be implemented immediately.

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 August 9 - 15, 2015

Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World by Robert J. Rosenthal (Editor)

From the publisher: Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World shows you many of the innovative approaches to engaging volunteers that are reshaping nonprofits, volunteer programs, and communities around the world — and how you can bring these changes to your own organization. Curated and edited by VolunteerMatch, the Web's most popular volunteer engagement network, these transformative strategies and practices are already being used by innovative nonprofit, government, and business sector leaders in volunteering — and they represent many of the future trends in volunteerism. This insightful collection contains actionable advice on strengthening volunteering at your organization as well as broader explorations on the nature of opening organizations to volunteers to show you how to create a new volunteerism model that supports your organization's mission and programs. Among other things, you'll learn how to attract millennials and baby boomers to your cause, the best ways to partner with corporate and pro bono volunteer programs, why micro volunteering may be the future of online giving, what's new in national service, why your supporters are a largely untapped goldmine of fundraising success, and what trends will drive volunteering in the future. For more than 15 years VolunteerMatch has had unprecedented access to leading innovators in the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. In this book, you'll share that access as you explore the ideas, strategies, and insights that will boost volunteer engagement today and in the future.

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August 2 - 8, 2015

Nonprofit Asset Management: Effective Investment Strategies and Oversight by Matthew Rice, Robert A. DiMeo and Matthew Porter

From the publisher: An authoritative guide for effective investment management and oversight of endowments, foundations and other nonprofit investors, Nonprofit Asset Management is a timely guide for managing endowment, foundation, and other nonprofit assets. Taking you through each phase of the process to create an elegant and simple framework for the prudent oversight of assets, this book covers setting investment objectives; investment policy; asset allocation strategies; investment manager selection; alternative asset classes; and how to establish an effective oversight system to ensure the program stays on track.

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Takes you through each phase of the process to create an elegant and simple framework for the prudent oversight of nonprofit assets

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A practical guide for fiduciaries of endowment, foundation, and other nonprofit funds

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Offers step-by-step guidance for the effective investment management of assets

Created as a practical guide for fiduciaries of nonprofit funds—board members and internal business managers—Nonprofit Asset Management is a much-needed, step-by-step guide to the effective investment management of nonprofit assets.

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July 26 - August 1, 2015

Integrated Talent Management Scorecards by Lynn Schmidt and Toni Hodges DeTuncq

From the publisher: Demonstrate the impact of talent management. The term integrated talent management has been in vogue for about eight years, yet organizations are still trying to understand how to best integrate talent management functions to achieve business results. DeTuncq and Schmidt use case studies from 17 different organizations to provide techniques you need.

bullet Design and implement various talent management initiatives that will benefit business.
bullet Measure, evaluate, and demonstrate the impact of talent management initiatives at both a functional and organizational level.
bullet Benefit from the insights of world-class organizations.

 Dr. Lynn Schmidt has twenty-six years of experience as a talent management and organization development leader in large corporations.  Lynn has extensive experience with evaluating the impact of talent management initiatives on the bottom-line.  She has received her certification in ROI evaluation, served as the Chairperson of the ASTD ROI Network Advisory Committee for two years, and was a recipient of the ROI Practitioner of the Year Award.  Toni Hodges DeTuncq is President of THD & Company Inc. For the past 20 years, she has concentrated on measuring and managing human performance. Her work has included the development of individual assessment tools as well as large organizational tracking tools, all aimed at measuring the performance and monetary value of human resource and systems intervention programs.

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July 19 - 25, 2015

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky  and Alexander Grashow

From the publisher: When change requires you to challenge people's familiar reality, it can be difficult, dangerous work. Whatever the context--whether in the private or the public sector--many will feel threatened as you push though major changes. But as a leader, you need to find a way to make it work. Ron Heifetz first defined this problem with his distinctive theory of adaptive leadership in Leadership Without Easy Answers. In a second book, Leadership on the Line, Heifetz and coauthor Marty Linsky highlighted the individual and organizational dangers of leading through deep change in business, politics, and community life. Now, Heifetz, Linsky, and coauthor Alexander Grashow are taking the next step: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership is a hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges. The authors have decades of experience helping people and organizations create cultures of adaptive leadership. In today's rapidly changing world, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership can be your handbook to meeting the demands of leadership in the midst of complexity.

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July 12 - 18, 2015

Connecting to change the world : harnessing the power of networks for social impact by Plastrik, Peter, Taylor, Madeleine and Cleveland, John

From the publisher: Something new and important is afoot. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are under increasing pressure to do more and to do better to increase and improve productivity with fewer resources. Social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists now recognize that to achieve greater impact they must adopt a network-centric approach to solving difficult problems. Building networks of like-minded organizations and people offers them a way to weave together and create strong alliances that get better leverage, performance, and results than any single organization is able to do. While the advantages of such networks are clear, there are few resources that offer easily understandable, field-tested information on how to form and manage social-impact networks. Drawn from the authors’ deep experience with more than thirty successful network projects, Connecting to Change the World provides the frameworks, practical advice, case studies, and expert knowledge needed to build better performing networks. Readers will gain greater confidence and ability to anticipate challenges and opportunities. Easily understandable and full of actionable advice, Connecting to Change the World is an informative guide to creating collaborative solutions to tackle the most difficult challenges society faces.

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June 28 - July 11, 2015

Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money: A Cookbook of Easy-to-Use Fundraising Exercises by Andrea Kihlstedt  and Andy Robinson

From the publisher: Tapping an expert team of fundraising trainers across the U.S., Andrea Kihlstedt and Andy Robinson have produced an extraordinary how-to book of easy-to-use fundraising exercises for boards of all sizes. Some activities are as brief as 15 minutes, others require an hour. And everything you need to conduct any of the 51 exercises - step-by-step instructions, handouts, even questions to pose to participants - is included in the book. Andrea Kihlstedt is author of How to Raise $1 Million (or More!) in 10 Bite-Sized Steps, published by Emerson & Church. She has served the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years as a fundraiser, trainer, consultant, teacher, writer and speaker. She has trained nonprofit boards and staff throughout the U.S. on effective major gifts fundraising, capital campaigns, and how to ask for gifts. Andy Robinson provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grantseeking, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Andy has worked with organizations in 47 U.S. states and Canada and is author of six books. His latest include How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone, The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, and Great Boards for Small Groups, all published by Emerson & Church.

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June 21 - 27, 2015

The Politics of Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Nonprofit-Business Partnerships by Maria May Seitanidi

From the publisher: The Politics of Partnerships contributes to the sustainability debate a holistic framework for partnership building, based on in-depth accounts of ways and means of collaborative working to incorporate conflict as a successful way of delivering change. This is a must read book for the business community but equally for the non-profits and governments. Seitanidi's book urges us to step up to the challenge of accepting and adapting our responsibilities within our increasingly beyond boundaries social realities. Based on detailed empirical research, Seitanidi shows us the reality behind the rhetoric of partnerships. This book is animated by a profound belief in the necessity for social change and shows us how partnerships can make a real difference, but also why they so often under perform. ... An outstanding book that combines theory with practice and provides both context and challenges to our understanding of the complexity of the ethos of very different sectors and how they can work together. This is a vital book for all private sector managers engaged in voluntary sector relations and vice versa on how to do it properly.

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June 14 - 20, 2015

Thinking in Systems: A Primer Paperback by Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright (Editor)

From the publisher: In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth―the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet― Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life. Some of the biggest problems facing the world―war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation―are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.

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June 7 - 13, 2015

A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members Hardcover by Julia I. Walker

From the publisher: Engaging and informative, this practical guide to fundraising contains valuable insights that nonprofit boards need to succeed in raising money in today's dynamic economic environment. While written expressly for board members, this useful handbook also provides advice to executive directors and advancement staff on how to partner with your board to build an unstoppable fundraising team. A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Board Members shows you how to raise more money by building board leadership and skills in fundraising. This book covers it all—the board's leadership role in fundraising; how to organize and train your board to raise funds; building a team with board and staff; raising funds for operations, major gifts and capital campaigns; how to ask for gifts; plus a guide for conducting a board retreat that will lead to fundraising success.

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Demystifies the ask by providing a straightforward guide on how to ask for, and close, gifts

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Features case studies, real life examples, and checklists in an easy to reference format

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Offers sample materials for a board retreat on building the successful fundraising team

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May 31 - June 6, 2015

Prospect Research Is a Verb: Fundraising Is the Subject by Meredith Hancks and Cara Rosson

From the publisher: Prospect Research Is a Verb: Fundraising Is the Subject is a prospect research manual that's down-to-earth, easy-to-follow, and even fun to read. Meredith Hancks and Cara Rosson divide the manual into four Parts, each dealing with a specific aspect of project research. They make innovative use of the old-fashioned gift pyramid to provide a surprisingly helpful visual aid for examining the levels of research required for different types of prospects. In chapters 1 through 10, you will learn about the foundations for the profession. This information lays the groundwork for each of the next sections of chapters. Chapters 11 through 16 discuss basic research skills for foundational prospects—generally considered annual fund prospects. When presented with a very preliminary request for research, you will probably need the information in this section. Chapters 17 through 22, Middle of the Road, build upon the first two sections of chapters but can also stand alone. In these chapters, you will learn about research for real estate, gift capacity, and networks. This chapter is the starting point for identifying potential major gift prospects. Finally, chapters 23 through 27 address the types of research you will conduct when completing a full profile or preparing for a solicitation for a major gift ask.

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May 24 - 30, 2015

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide for Dynamic Times 3rd Edition by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye

From the publisher: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations describes a proven method for creating an effective, organized, actionable strategy, tailored to the unique needs of the nonprofit organization. Now in its third edition, this bestselling manual contains new information about the value of plans, specific guidance toward business planning, and additional information about the strategic plan document itself. Real-world case studies illustrate different planning and implementation scenarios and techniques, and the companion website offers templates, tools, and worksheets that streamline the process. The book provides expert insight, describing common misperceptions and pitfalls to avoid, helping readers craft a strategic plan that adheres to the core values of the organization. A well-honed strategic plan helps nonprofit managers set priorities, and acquire and allocate the resources necessary to achieve their goals. It also provides a framework for handling challenges, and keeps the focus on the organization's priorities. Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations is an excellent source of guidance for managers at nonprofits of every size and budget, helping readers to:

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Identify the reasons for planning, and gather information from internal and external stakeholders

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Assess the current situation accurately, and agree on priorities, mission, values, and vision

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Prioritize goals and objectives for the plan, and develop a detailed implementation strategy

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Evaluate and monitor a changing environment, updating roles, goals, and parameters as needed

Different organizations have different needs, processes, resources, and priorities. The one thing they have in common is the need for a no-nonsense approach to planning with practical guidance and a customizable framework. Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations takes the fear out of planning, with expert guidance on the nonprofit's most vital management activity.

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May 17 - 23, 2015

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

From the publisher: By now it's clear that whether you're promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what determines your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you. But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he’s ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media—the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money. With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through steps to build your foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging. For beginners overwhelmed by too many choices as well as seasoned professionals eager to improve their game, The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world.

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May 10 - 16, 2015

The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers by Paul Polak and Mal Warwick

From the publisher: Right now the number of people living on $2 a day or less is more than the entire population of the world in 1950. These 2.7 billion people are not just the world’s greatest challenge—they represent an extraordinary market opportunity. By learning how to serve them ethically and effectively, businesses can earn handsome profits while helping to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems. The key is what Paul Polak and Mal Warwick call Zero-Based Design: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what they call “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.”Polak has been doing this work for years, and Warwick has extensive experience in both business and philanthropy. Together, they show how their design principles and vision can enable unapologetic capitalists to supply the very poor with clean drinking water, electricity, irrigation, housing, education, healthcare, and other necessities at a fraction of the usual cost and at profit margins attractive to investors. Promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources. This book opens an extraordinary opportunity for nimble entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives that will result not only in vibrant, growing businesses but also a better life for the world’s poorest people.

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May 3 - 9, 2015

Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook by Jennifer J. Filla and Helen E. Brown

From the publisher: Written especially for front-line fundraisers, Prospect Research for Fundraisers presents a practical understanding of prospect research, prospect management, and fundraising analytics, demonstrating how research can be used to raise more money. Filled with examples, case studies, interviews, and stories, this unique book is structured around the fundraising cycle and illustrates the myriad of current and ever-changing prospect research tools and techniques available to boost an organization's fundraising effectiveness. From essential overviews to how-to-search skills, this practical book gives development officers the tools to understand how to use prospect research in ways that best fit their goals for each stage of the fundraising cycle.

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Provides practical insight to understand the best use of each prospect research tool and technique

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Features a companion website with a variety of online tools to help readers implement key concepts

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Part of the AFP Fund Development Series

Prospect Research for Fundraisers provides fundraisers with an understanding of what prospect research is and which resources are available to small organizations that have limited internal capacity, medium-sized organizations building capacity, and large organizations wanting to maximize their strengths. It offers a practical understanding of the relevant tools at the disposal of development officers and managers responsible for hiring, outsourcing, purchasing, managing, and implementing prospect research within their organizations.

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April 26 - May 2, 2015

Scenario Planning in Organizations: How to Create, Use, and Assess Scenarios by Thomas J. Chermack

From the publisher: Scenario planning helps organization leaders, executives and decision-makers envision and develop strategies for multiple possible futures instead of just one. It enables organizations to become resilient and agile, carefully calibrating their responses and adapting quickly to new circumstances in a fast-changing environment. This book is the most comprehensive treatment to date of the scenario planning process. Unlike existing books it offers a thorough discussion of the evolution and theoretical foundations of scenario planning, examining its connections to learning theory, decision-making theory, mental model theory and more. Chermack emphasizes that scenario planning is far more than a simple set of steps to follow, as so many other practice-focused books do—he addresses the subtleties and complexities of planning. And, unique among scenario planning books, he deals not just with developing different scenarios but also with applying scenarios once they have been constructed, and assessing the impact of the scenario project. Using a case study based on a real scenario project, Chermack lays out a comprehensive five phase scenario planning system—project preparation, scenario exploration, scenario development, scenario implementation and project assessment. Each chapter describes specific techniques for gathering and analyzing relevant data with a particular emphasis on the use of workshops to encourage dialogue. He offers a scenario project worksheet to help readers structure and manage scenario projects as well as avoid common pitfalls, and a discussion, based in recent neurological findings, of how scenario planning helps people to overcome barriers to creative thinking.

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April 19 - 25, 2015

How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals 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. Includes sample letters, real world examples, style tips, new chapters on e-mail, websites, social media, and more...

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April 12 - 18, 2015

Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment 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: Learn how to position your organization in the community as a constructive, vital, and successful social investment 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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April 5 - 11, 2015

Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future by Suzanne W. Morse

From the publisher: The new edition of the acclaimed guide to strategic decision-making in community planning, development, and collaboration. Based on the results of more than a decade of research by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, Smart Communities provides directions for strategic decision-making and outlines the key strategies used by thousands of leaders who have worked to create successful communities. Outlining seven "leverage points" for decision-making used by thousands of leaders who have worked to create successful communities, this new Second Edition offers leaders from both the public and private sectors the tools they need to build a civic infrastructure and create a better future for all the community's citizens.

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Covers new developments from current design thinking and strategy literature to innovation and invention in communities

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Advises on how to create community readiness that will help avert problems before they begin

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All case vignettes have been revised to include more detailed information about the process and application of the seven leverage points

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Examples from communities around the country illustrate how these change agents' well-structured decision-making processes can be traced to their effective use of the seven key leverage points

Smart Communities offers hope to those who are striving to improve their communities and addresses vital issues such as poverty, race relations, and children's health and welfare.

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March 29 - April 4, 2015

The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations by Heather Carpenter and Tera Qualls

From the publisher: The Talent Development Platform is about results driven talent development for social change. Written by seasoned nonprofit experts, this book provides a holistic process for creating an in-house training and talent development program. The Talent Development Platform offers organizations the tools for ensuring their professional development systems are successful through regular feedback loops, tailored for learning styles, and specific to their organization. Detailed case studies provide insight into the strategies used by organizations that have implemented the Talent Development Platform, and interviews with experts in the field give readers a handle on the most current thinking. Robust resource guides facilitate the talent development process, and online access to the Talent Development Platform and assessments help streamline the workflow.

Social change organizations make the most of limited resources, but often overlook developing the talent they already have. This book gives readers a plan for finding and nurturing their internal talent to reduce turnover and improve organizational efficiency. More specifically the book helps organizations:

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Develop organizational, department, and position specific competencies.

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Create and revise job descriptions.

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Assess staff and volunteer proficiency levels with created competencies.

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Determine staff and volunteer learning styles.

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Establish professional development goals and objectives tied to strategic goals.

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March 22 - 28, 2015

Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders: Developing People to Achieve Your Mission by Judith Wilson and Michelle Gislason

From the publisher: Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Leaders offers practical steps for coaching leaders to greatness and complements the academic and theoretical work in nonprofit leadership theory. The book can be used by the coaching novice as a thorough topical overview or by those more experienced with coaching as a quick reference or refresher. Based on the Inquiry Based Coaching approach, Coaching Skills will strengthen and expand the reader's ability to drive organization mission, while retaining the intrinsic values of the nonprofit culture and working towards outcomes that create a culture of discipline and accountability and empower others to be even more responsible, accountable, and self-motivated. This book uses accessible language, examples, case studies, key questions, and exercises to help:

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Promote better relationships

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Know when to delegate, direct and coach

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Balance directive and supportive styles of leadership for productive partnerships

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Overcome fears and deal head-on with difficult situations and conflict

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Use coaching for performance improvement and on-the-job development

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Support independent thinking and personal reflection

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Gain commitment and accountability from others and build teams

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March 8 - 21, 2015

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops: How to Leverage Your Annual Fund in Only Five Hours per Week by Amy Eisenstein

From the publisher: If you’ve been in fundraising for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard of the “90/10 Rule.” In its simplest terms, it means that 90 percent of the funding comes from 10 percent of our donors. Yet far too often, the majority of our time is spent focused on low-yield fundraising activities, such as events. Amy Eisenstein argues that the key to successful long-term, sustainable fundraising lies in dramatically increasing your fundraising income from individual donors. And savvy fundraisers will do well to heed her advice. But how can you get started? With Amy at the helm, guiding you in developing your organization’s major gifts program, you’ll find it’s absolutely doable. Amy doesn’t pull any punches. She makes it clear, if you’re going to succeed in major gifts, that everyone will need to be on board and that effective and consistent fundraising training is a must. It’s a commitment. Throughout the book, she explains key fundraising concepts, the difference between major gifts and capital campaigns, how to determine exactly what constitutes a major gift for your organization, the importance of gift acceptance policies, job responsibilities for your major gift team, the role of online fundraising in major gifts fundraising, the role of direct mail, maintaining your database, and more.

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March 1 - 7, 2015

Fundraising the SMART Way: Predictable, Consistent Income Growth for Your Charity by Ellen Bristol

From the publisher: Fundraising the SMART Way provides the groundwork for a complete revamp of organizational fundraising systems. Author Ellen Bristol applies twenty years of corporate sales experience and eighteen years in fund development consultation to the problem of inefficient fundraising. Bristol turns her extensive sales expertise toward the perspective of "selling" an organization to potential donors, increasing the donor pool, and lowering the cost of fundraising. The book details the questions every nonprofit should be asking to maximize the effectiveness of fundraising efforts, and encourages systematic strategy development by zeroing in on key factors such as:

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Workload management and results QA

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Opportunity evaluation and organizational action

The book outlines clear, concrete, actionable steps that can be immediately implemented to escalate income growth. Effective fundraising is sustainable, consistent, and on-target. It must exceed current need and expand to fill future need. Fundraising the SMART Way represents a true breakthrough in that it lays a foundation for true systemic overhaul, and can be the catalyst for the growth of any nonprofit.

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February 15 - 28, 2015

It's NOT JUST about the Money by Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels

From the publisher: Are you searching for the next big idea in fundraising to help your organization soar? It’s actually right under your nose in your database. Major Donors. Right here, right now, you have the donors who have the capacity to give five, six, and yes, seven figure gifts. This book tells you how to find them, and what to do once you have them. Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels tell you everything you need to do to take your organization to a new level of performance in major gifts. This book is packed with easy to implement ideas and strategies to create, build, and manage a robust major gift program. You won’t put this book down. You’ll be entertained and helped. You will learn how to create a culture that puts relationships with donors above everything else. You will be left inspired to succeed; because, ultimately, it’s NOT just about the money.

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February 1 - 14, 2015

Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals by Tori O'Neal-McElrath

From the publisher: Winning Grants offers an accessible approach to the grant-writing process. Now in its fourth edition, this new book redefines the proven step-by-step framework to incorporate significant changes that have taken place in the grantseeking landscape since the third edition was published in 2008. It features information on the role of technology (more foundations are going paperless and conducting application submissions via online websites); the explosive growth of donor advised funds the differences in approach between new projects and existing/continuing projects; and techniques for submitting grant proposals to larger foundations versus smaller foundations.

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January 25 - 31, 2015

Policy vs. Paper Clips - Third Edition: How Using the Corporate Model Makes a Nonprofit Board More Efficient & Effective by Dr. Eugene H. Fram

From the publisher: POLICY vs. PAPER CLIPS is an unusual how-to book for nonprofit groups that seek to better define board governance and boost management focus. This highly user-friendly book has been used successfully by nonprofit directors and executives to: 1. Guide them on how to move from a community-based governance model to a model with a defined framework for separating policy development from operational activities; and 2. Eliminate dull "new director orientations" and instead present an overview of critical governance issues and spark lively discussion about current nonprofit governance practices. Given today's difficult times for nonprofits, hardly any can continue to operate as they have in the past. For most, it is no longer possible for a volunteer group of directors to be involved in the organization's day-to-day operations. This book clearly outlines the Corporate Model and its framework for separating policy areas from operational ones. When customized appropriately for your nonprofit, the Model promotes growth and allows your board to fully delegate day-to-day matters to management. Yet, importantly, it also allows for robust assessment of both the outcomes and the impact of the organization.

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January 18 - 24, 2015

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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January 11 - 17, 2015

The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management by David O. Renz

From the publisher: This is the Third Edition of the bestselling nonprofit management reference and text called the "big green book." Based on updated research, theory, and experience, this comprehensive edition offers practical advice on managing nonprofit organizations and addresses key aspects such as board development, strategic planning, lobbying, marketing, fundraising, volunteer management, financial management, risk management, and compensation and benefits. New chapters cover developments in such areas as social entrepreneurship, financial leadership and capital structure, accountability and transparency, and the changing political-legal climate. It includes an instructor's manual.

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January 4 - 10, 2015

Fundraising with Businesses: 40 New (and Improved!) Strategies for Nonprofits by Joe Waters

From the publisher: There's a reason why nonprofits are getting smaller checks from corporate giving programs. Companies are abandoning or slashing giving budgets and instead focusing on win-win pacts that drive sales and change the world. Nonprofits need guidance and practical know-how in this new age of mutually beneficial nonprofit and business partnerships. Presenting forty practical fundraising strategies to help small to medium-sized nonprofits raise more money from businesses, Fundraising with Businesses breathes new life into nonprofit/ for-profit relationships to begin a new era of doing good and well.

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Presents new and improved fundraising strategies for raising money from businesses—from in-store register promotions and shopping fundraisers to online workplace giving solutions and digital campaigns involving popular social networking sites.

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Written by an experienced fundraiser and renowned blogger and speaker on business giving.

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Features case examples of successful nonprofit/corporate partnerships that will be regularly updated via a link with the online pin board Pinterest.

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December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Planned Giving in a Nutshell, 4th Edition: Planned Giving on Your Terms by Craig C. Wruck

From the publisher: Planned Giving in a Nutshell provides a concise overview of Federal tax incentives for charitable giving, charitable gift methods donors can use to make generous planned gifts, and the assets donors may wish to contribute as well as the integration of planned giving in a comprehensive fundraising program. In order to successfully negotiate complex charitable gifts development officers need to understand the concepts of charitable gift planning and be able to explain them in clear and convincing language. Yet, technical concepts, obscure terminology and daunting financial projections make it difficult for a generalist development officer to navigate to a successful gift. Chapters include: Tax Fundamentals, Advanced Planned Giving Methods, Exploring life income gifts which allow the donor to retain an income as a result of a charitable contribution as well as a number of more sophisticated planned gift vehicles. Planned Giving in a Nutshell is a practical guide to charitable gift planning for fundraisers and volunteers who are not experts in tax and financial planning. The emphasis is on "plain English" explanations with easy to understand examples and detailed illustrations of advanced planned giving vehicles.

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