This is the fifth year I am writing the Wishlist of Books for Nonprofit Folk which has grown and grown since its inception. This year I am soooooo excited to be offering the Terry McAdam Book Award winner and finalist as giveaways as part of the post. Can you believe it – I hardly can! Beth Kanter is offering her Measuring the Networked Nonprofit and Amy Sample Ward is offering Social Change Anytime Everywhere.
JD Lasica was the first response to my request for recommendations saying that this is “The one I always recommend.” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit is this year’s Terry McAdam Book Award winner. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management confers the Terry McAdam Book Award to the most inspirational and useful new book published which makes a substantial contribution to nonprofit management. It is the most prestigious book award that a book for nonprofits can receive. Well deserved by Beth and Allyson, this book should be on the bookshelf of every nonprofit executive.
Heather Carpenter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University recommendations:
Heather is a young PhD already with a wealth of practical, academic and research experience in the nonprofit field. Heather is using these books as texts in her courses this term and this is what she had to say about them: “These books are practical and provide concrete help for successfully running a nonprofit… the research I've done shows that nonprofit managers still need the core financial management and fundraising skills to effectively run their organizations.” Hey, Heather, I completely agree and this is an excellent set of current books which address both basic and more advanced skills for nonprofit leaders.
Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals by Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman
Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein
Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations by Lynne A. Weikart and Greg G. Chen
Amy Sample Ward recommends....
Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit Guidebook Series)by Kivi Leroux Miller
Another important fundamental for nonprofits is marketing and no one knows more about nonprofit marketing than Kivi Leroux Miller. Amy Sample Ward called this book simply “Great.” And that’s the word from the reviews at Amazon. This is a must have for nonprofit marketing.
Moving onto Board and Governance Issues…..
You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs edited by Terrie Temkin
The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards by Cathy Trower
Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge Contemporary Corporate Governance) edited by Chris Cornforth and William A. Brown
The Nonprofit Mergers Part I: The Leader's Guide to Considering, Negotiating, and Executing a Merger by David La Piana
Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype by Jay Baer
John Haydon recommends it (so you have to read it, right.) John says that Jay Bear “talks about how content marketers shouldn't focus on being awesome, they should focus on being useful. The book covers many examples, mostly for-profit, but the ideas in the book can easily be translated to a nonprofit. Finally, it's a quick read and is organized like a guidebook on the topic.” Sounds to me like it is for the grown-up crowd.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Nell Edgington writes that Susan Cain helps you appreciate that you must understand and tap into your unique skills and abilities (whatever they may be) in order to make real change happen. Nell says “the quiet wisdom of this book – it really makes you think, which introverts often encourage us to do.”
So there you have it – a wide range of books running the gamut on topics from the practical to more research driven works. Whether you are making a wishlist for your own library of thinking of a perfect gift to give, there is probably a gem on this list.
My thanks to all of the thought leading contributors for sharing their recommendations with us and a special thank you to Beth Kanter and Amy Sample Ward for offering their highly acclaimed books as giveways for this annual post.