A Few Good Books
Snow and cold present the perfect time to curl up with a good book and your favorite hot beverage. Here are a few recent philanthropy books you might want to pick up this winter.
The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action
Charles Bronfman, Jeffrey Solomon, John Sedgwick, Jossey-Bass, 2012
Starting a nonprofit and running a successful nonprofit organization poses numerous challenges, one of which is that it can be very lonely. The authors wrote The Art of Doing Good to act as an enlightened companion on the road to creating impact. The book offers motivation and practical advice to both would-be social entrepreneurs and seasoned practitioners. Bronfman and Solomon draw upon their own experiences along with those of eighteen pioneering social entrepreneurs to provide real- world advice about how to do justice to your original vision while charting a course to effective results.
Giving With Confidence: A Guide to Savvy Philanthropy
Colburn Wilbur, Fred Setterberg, Heyday, 2012
Wilbur and Setterberg have written a guide to creative and effective grantmaking geared to the individual philanthropist. Their advice is to maintain a solid, ethical yet bold approach which will lead to greater impact. Their seven core principles provide you with what you need to maximize the scope and impact of your contributions. Community foundation staff will find the contents valuable as a tool for beginning conversations with donors that can create more satisfying approaches to individual philanthropy.
Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World
Beth Kanter, Katie Delahaye Paine Jossey-Bass, 2012
A social media measurement plan is an essential tool for success. Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine take the mystery out of measuring your nonprofit’s communication and engagement efforts and render it very user-friendly. They answer the question, “Now that I’m using social media to achieve my mission, how do I know if it’s working?” The book is filled with great examples from organizations of all sizes and every chapter ends with thoughtful questions that will keep you on track.
Let’s read – and talk – philanthropy! Let me know via the comment box what you’re reading.