Recommended Books

The books below have been recommended to me from nonprofit managers, directors, and consultants.  Those books that I have read will be marked “Personal Recommendation” and may contain a short personal review.  Each book has a link to its corresponding page on the Barnes & Noble website for further reviews and pricing for your convenience.  (Although, I recommended doing price checks with Amazon books as that site might contain cheaper prices on certain titles.)

Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists (Atril & McLanley) – (Personal Recommendation)

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t (Collins) – (Personal Recommendation)

Good to Great: For the Social Sector (Collins) – (Personal Recommendation)

Managing the Nonprofit Organization: Principles and Practices (Drucker)

Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy (Frumkin)

The Art of Fund Raising (Warner)

The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan (Bronfman & Solomon)(Personal Recommendation)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers (Lipp) – (Personal Recommendation) First, it reads like a manual and less like a book. Second, it was written before the social media explosion so it’s a tad out of date.  With that said, it still chuck-full of ideas, theories, and practical examples on how one can manage and recruit volunteers. My advice, use it as a resource guide and not the “good book” you keep by your bedside to help you fall asleep.

The Daily Drucker (Drucker) – (Personal Recommendation) Great book that offers daily insight from , management guru, Peter Drucker.  Each day contains key statements or a “Drucker Proverb” followed by a few thoughtful comments or explanations on topics ranging from innovation, economy, personnel, and management (both for and non-profits companies).  To make the lessons even more constructive each reading concludes with an “Action Point” that challenges the reader to put the idea into practice.

The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World (Fleishman) (Personal Recommendation) A thorough investigation into what the nature of foundations and how they can improve.  It’s analysis of how private money is able to bypass government beurocracy trully allows the book to earn its title.  It is for good reason why this book has been dubbed the Foundation Bible.

The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social  Media to Drive Change (Kanter, Fine & Zuckerberg)

The Nordstrom Way (Spector & McCarthy)(Personal Recommendation) When I first picked up I wondered what the authors could write 220 pages about customer service; surely, the book must repeat itself.  Not with Nordstrom (a large clothing store like Macys with branches throughout the USA).  Adding to the brief history of the store are case studies and personal narratives that explain how a culture of “putting the customer first” infiltrates every facet of the company.  The book is a must for any company or organization that places the customer/client/recipient at the core of their philosophy.

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