Summer Reading

July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Consider packing a couple of these books for along with your sunscreen and swimsuit as you head out on summer vacation – not your typical “beach reading” list.

The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide
to Nonprofit Finances

Andy Robinson, Nancy Wasserman
Emerson & Church Publishers, 2012
The authors help trustees, staff and colleagues confront their fear of financial planning, budgeting and math.  Written in a clear, precise manner using humor and real life scenarios, the authors demystify financial statements and help board members learn what numbers to look at and which questions to ask.

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide
Melanie Mathos, Chad Norman, Wiley, 2012
This excellent social media field guide for charitable organizations offers 101 tactics for those at beginner to intermediate level.  Tactics are divided into five categories: setup, communicate, engage, fundraise and measure. They include quick, easy-to-follow steps along with the tools needed to apply them.

Building Nonprofit Capacity:
A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles

John Brothers, Anne Sherman, Wiley, 2011
This is required reading for anyone interested in increasing the effectiveness of their organization or in understanding organizational development. The authors describe an organization’s evolution from adolescence, impact expansion and decline to turnaround or closing. Ways to keep board members connected to the work and staff, as well as sustaining passion for the mission throughout an organization’s changing lifecycles, are provided.

Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting ResultsManaging to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results
Alison Green, Jerry Hauser, John Wiley & Sons, 2012
Managers need to know how to get results in order to be effective and this nuts-and bolts manual provides practical advice on everything it takes to accomplish this. Topics include how to manage specific tasks and wide-ranging responsibilities, time management, establishing a results-oriented culture and creating, cultivating and maintaining an all-star staff.

Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World
Beverly Schwartz, Jossey-Bass, 2012
Schwartz envisions social entrepreneurs as role models and catalysts spreading ripples of solutions throughout society. She takes a serious look at the current state of innovation among social entrepreneurs and discusses how ideas and innovations “ripple” as a result.

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up
Paul Schmitz, Jossey-Bass, 2011
This inspirational volume on leadership and civic engagement describes the challenges facing anyone who has the passion to make a difference along with the strategies needed to generate lasting change from the grassroots up.

Making a Difference 2.0: The Ultimate Guide to Online Charitable Giving
Howard Freeman, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012
Making a Difference 2.0 brings charity into this century. It is a reference for tech-savvy donors and essential reading for beginners. Freeman explains the nitty-gritty of online charity, how it differs from conventional methods of fundraising and how to guarantee that contributions are best utilized.

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