Fall Harvest of Books

September 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Fall has arrived and with it comes a new crop of books for you to read over the coming months.

The Art of Being UnreasonableThe Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking
Eli Broad, Michael R. Bloomberg, John Wiley and Sons, 2012
Eli Broad tells the reader “how applying unreasonable thinking can help you achieve goals others may tell you are out of reach.” He presents interesting glimpses into his wide-ranging philanthropy, much of which is handled by the Broad Foundation.

Fundraising and the Next Generation
Emily Davis, Wiley, 2012
Davis brings readers up to date on the opportunities and challenges regarding philanthropy’s next generation. She outlines behaviors, key characteristics and approaches for working with philanthropists under the age of forty and provides a road map for how to engage multiple generations to achieve a greater philanthropic outcome.

Giving Is Not Just For The Very Rich: A How-to Guide for Giving and Philanthropy

Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
The author intends for readers to use this book as a source for giving creatively to help others. This handy reference volume is geared toward the average person who is interested in contributing to the greater good, helping readers clarify priorities, choose charitable organizations wisely and make a real impact.

Networked: The New Social Operating System
Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman, The MIT Press, 2012
Rainie and Wellman lead us through the challenges and opportunities of living in the growing world of “networked individuals.” They consider how enormous changes in the ways we connect via the internet, mobile devices and social media have transformed the social role of the internet. The authors examine how this move to “networked individualism” takes personal relationships outside households and neighborhoods, transforms the workplace into more team-driven organizations and alters the way people obtain information.

Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance
Howard J. Ross, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 2011
Organizations have struggled to create diversity in the workplace for more than 25 years, yet employees still feel alienated because of their race, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Ross, a leading diversity expert, explains why diversity programs fail and shows us how we can make them work, challenging us to think differently about diversity and inclusion and presenting a new direction for overcoming barriers that divide us.

Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows
Michael Rosenbaum, Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012
Six Tires, No Plan is the story of how Bruce Halle founded Discount Tire, one of largest tire chains in the country. It focuses on his commitment to passing on his good fortune to others, with his dedication to “paying it forward,” particularly to his employees and to others wherever he sees a need. Halle and his wife Diane established a foundation that supports education and the arts in Arizona, where they reside. Diane also organized Discount Tire’s giving as a firm under the name Driven to Care.

The Nonprofit Business Plan: The Leader’s Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model
David La Piana, Heather Gowdy, Lester Olmstead-Rose, Brent Copen, Fieldstone Alliance, 2012
This book is a great learning tool for nonprofit leaders and students who want to learn how to evaluate a business model and develop a results-driven one. The authors paint a clear picture of the components of strategic business planning and provide insight into how to create a viable plan. This step-by-step guide includes worksheets, case studies and thorough financial analysis.


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