Nonprofit Reading List – Start a Lending Library

I am honored to be speaking at the Indiana Youth Institute Kids Count Conference in December. They asked speakers to provide a list of books for their reading list and bookstore. I sent them the following list. I have read most of these and found them instrumental to my growth as a nonprofit professional. I am also honored to have met many of the authors and have great respect for all.

If you are member of the Association of Fundraising Professional, their bookstore is offering 20% discounts on some purchases. The books listed below are also available on Amazon. Here is the list I sent to IYI (alpha by title to be fair), please feel free to add your best and favorites (I am sure I missed some good ones).

  • Achieving Excellence in Fundraising – Eugene Tempel et al
  • AFP Ready Reference Series
  • Ask without Fear – Marc Pitman
  • Brandraising – Sarah Durham
  • Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations – Bernard Ross and Clare Segal
  • Donor Centered Fundraising – Penelope Burke
  • Essential Principles for Fundraising Success- Kristina Carlson and A. Douglass Alexander
  • Forces for Good – Heather McLeod Grant
  • Give to Live – Douglas Lawson
  • Good to Great – Social Sector – Jim Collins
  • How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters – Mal Warwick
  • Made to Stick – Dan and Chip Heath
  • Millionaire Mind – Stanley and Danko
  • Millionaire Next Door – Stanley and Danko
  • Millionaire Woman Next Door – Stanley and Danko
  • More Give to Live – Douglas Lawson
  • Switch – Dan and Chip Heath
  • The Ask – Laura Fredericks
  • The End of Fundraising – Jason Saul
  • The Fundraising Effectiveness Project Report – Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • The Influential Fundraiser – Bernard Ross and Clare Segal
  • The Networked Nonprofit – Beth Kanter and Allison Fine
  • The Zen of Fundraising – Ken Burnett

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4 thoughts on “Nonprofit Reading List – Start a Lending Library

  1. Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits
    by Lisa Dietlin

    Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
    by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck

    The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization
    by Peter F. Drucker, Leader to Leader Institute (Formerly The Drucker Foundation)

  2. Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making
    by Sam Kaner

    The Leadership Challenge
    by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

    Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications & Stronger Relationships
    by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux

    Donor Focused Strategies For Annual Giving
    by Karla Williams

    Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable
    by Simone Joyaux

    Philanthropy in a Flat World: Inspiration Through Globalization
    by Jon Duschinsky

    Doing Right in a Shrinking World: How Corporate America Can Balance Ethics and Profit in a Changing Economy.
    by Louis De Thomasis, Neal St. Anthony

    These are a few from my recommendation

    Thanks for yours, Barbara.

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