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‘Hey, Santa, How About Some New Tools?’

By Susan Carey Dempsey on December 3, 2009No Comment

Thinking you may need some new strategies, or a better understanding of the challenging conditions facing nonprofits as well as other sectors of the economy?

Here’s a selection of new titles that professionals in the world of philanthropy may want to add to their wish list, or use to help carry out New Year’s resolutions for a more prosperous, impactful 2010:

Nonprofit Finance for Hard Times: Leadership Strategies When Economies Falter
Susan U. Raymond, Ph.D.

During this time of upheaval and instability with the country’s financial markets and economy, you might be wondering how your nonprofit can emerge stronger from this unprecedented turmoil and prepare for future economic cycles. Nonprofit Finance for Hard Times: Leadership Strategies When Economies Falter is written by Dr. Susan Raymond, onPhilanthropy’s Chief Analyst. Dr. Raymond also oversees strategic planning and research for the philanthropic consulting firm Changing Our World, so her insights are based on real-world experience as well as data analysis.

Her take: surviving the current economic conditions means dedicating yourself to understanding the details of the current financial crisis and identifying those Board members and other leaders who can give you deep analysis on the crisis and act as your analysts of the winners and losers in real time. Nonprofit Finance for Hard Times:

  • Emphasizes that the core of all strategy is engagement
  • Helps you reassess your nonprofit’s communications tools for both messages and markets
  • Asserts that the operative need is for strategy, not panic
  • Revisits all assumptions
  • Explains how to sort and cull past supporters for those who will emerge from the turmoil first and strongest

CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World
Tom Watson

An eye-opening guide to the massive societal impact of online social networks, CauseWired provides an instructional narrative for anyone who wants to play a role in building this new culture of giving.

It’s the first book to track this powerful trend–from blogs, to video, to the rise of social networks, CauseWired reveals the extraordinary influence of online social networks–in raising money for charity, in changing the political climate and electing candidates, and in raising consciousness for causes.

For today’s super-wired, always-on, live-life-in-public young Americans, the causes they support define who they are. Societal aspirations have so permeated the “net native” population that causes have become like musical tastes. CauseWired illustrates wired causes in action, bringing real-world stories to readers.

From Facebook causes and campaigns on MySpace, to a raft of new startups and innovative projects, and political movements like the Obama campaign and Save Darfur, this immensely relevant book delivers actionable research and recommendations to help readers launch their own successful wired social campaigns.

Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn’t Advance Social Progress
Steven H. Goldberg

Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets provides a bracing and original look at philanthropy that offers a much-needed corrective to conventional wisdom. Steve Goldberg combines a resolve to understand why so much philanthropy accomplishes so little enduring social change with a timely and serious proposal to reinvigorate nonprofit capital markets through the simplest of insights: getting more of the money to where it can do the most good. This book will change how forward-looking philanthropists, foundations, and policymakers think about the relationship between charitable giving and the transformative capacity of social entrepreneurs.”
Jerr Boschee, founder and Executive Director, The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs; Visiting Professor of the Practice in Social Enterprise, Carnegie Mellon University

The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want: The Nine Little Things That Matter Most
June J. Bradham

The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want is a must read for every executive and fundraiser who wonders how to attract and retain passionate and generous board members. Just listen to the Truth: stories from the mouths of high value volunteer leaders uncovered during extensive interviews with board members from around the world. The insight offered by these visionary leaders combined with June’s decades of fundraising experience draw back the curtain on what really makes board members tick–and give.

The Annual Campaign
Erik J. Daubert

Nonprofit Essentials: The Annual Campaign reveals how to run a well-managed and well-coordinated annual campaign effort from the perspective of the large or small nonprofit organization. Centering on real-world campaigns and best practices in the 21st century for annual support, this book presents step-by-step guidance and practical tools including diagrams of annual campaign structures for use in local nonprofits, checklists for annual support campaigns, assessments for annual support campaign readiness, annual support campaign case statement examples, sample pledge cards, cultivation tips for obtaining larger gifts, and much more.

Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation
Margaret May Damen, Niki Nicastro McCuistion

With over 43 million Boom-Generation Women at or nearing the age of retirement, the American population is reaching what has been described as the great wealth transfer, and with women outliving men, or choosing to live alone, the role of women in decisions concerning philanthropic dollars will be critical to the economic, political and moral fabric of our society.

Answering women’s questions of how and why to give from the heart, Women, Wealth & Giving helps you understand the models that work best for charitable giving and how these models fit into your legacy mission, whether you’ve earned, inherited or married into your wealth. This useful planning guide also

  • Includes pertinent anecdotes, worksheets, quizzes, inspirational profiles, a resource guide, and much more
  • Identifies gender-specific tools and strategies Boom-Generation women can use to make philanthropic and charitable decisions
  • Provides women the means to engage their hearts as well as their minds in giving money, time, and talent away in meaningful ways

Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-for-Profit in the 21st Century, 3rd Edition
Peter C. Brinckerhoff

As a nonprofit manager, you have to be more effective and more efficient than ever to win funding and support to ensure your organization pursues its mission, meets community needs, and maintains its budget, while juggling the demands of funders, clientele, boards, staff, and community. This Third Edition of Mission-Based Management provides comprehensive, hands-on guidance that addresses your unique concerns as a nonprofit manager and policy-maker

  • Addresses the effects of SOX, organizational transparency, new technologies, technology planning, and marketing in today’s environment
  • Is written by a nationally recognized expert who has trained thousands of nonprofit managers in hundreds of seminars on the best practices in nonprofit management
  • Includes in each chapter a recap and a list of questions for group discussion

Nonprofit Guide to Going Green
Ted Hart

In a nutshell, this book is a comprehensive learning tool to guide nonprofits and NGOs towards becoming greener. A desktop reference for any charitable organization seeking to become greener, this essential book gives your organization the support it needs to take proactive steps to protect the environment while fulfilling its mission.

Timely and clearly written, with contributions from experts from around the globe, Nonprofit Guide to Going Green leads the way in helping charities in all countries meet this challenge.

  • Helps nonprofits green their efforts and carbon footprint
  • Shows CEOs, presidents, deans, marketing officers, board members proactive steps they can take to protect the environment
  • Teaches how to do a self-audit and plan for a more environmentally sensitive future
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