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The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout

The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout

November 14, 2016
Aliza Sherman, Beth Kanter (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2016)

In their new book, nonprofit tech pioneers and social media experts Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman argue that self-care is a critical aspect of any nonprofit professional's job, especially if he or she is engaged in mission-based social change work....

What Universities Can Be: A New Model for Preparing Students for Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership

What Universities Can Be: A New Model for Preparing Students for Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership

October 25, 2016
Robert J. Sternberg (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016)

For the university administrator seeking insight and hard-won wisdom from a respected colleague, Cornell University professor Robert J. Sternberg's new book is worth the time. But for the lay reader interested in the subject, there are more engaging and enjoyable books out there, says our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy....

Mission Control

Mission Control

August 8, 2016
Liana Downey (Brookline, Massachusetts: Bibliomotion, Inc., 2016)

Liana Downey has created a "step-by-step guide" for nonprofits that want to avoid mission creep, find their focus, and change the world....

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

June 30, 2016
Angela Duckworth (New York, New York: Scribner, 2016)

In her new book, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth argues that achievement should be understood more as a function of continuous effort rather than natural ability. Our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy, is not entirely convinced....

Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering

Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering

May 11, 2016
Judith N. Lasker (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016)

Judith N. Lasker examines the landscape of short-term volunteer trips; the benefits and drawbacks of such activity from the perspective of the sponsoring organizations, the volunteers, and the host communities; and what can be done to make such activity more effective, particularly for the latter....

American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

May 6, 2016
Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price (New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Mirielle Clifford reviews Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price's in-depth examination of how social factors and regional characteristics influence and drive American generosity....

Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change

Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change

April 21, 2016
Derrick Feldmann (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2016)

CECP's Jennifer Chen reviews Derrick Feldman's guide to the nuts and bolts of movement building, including an analysis of how social movements for good differ from traditional social movements in their end goals and messaging vehicles....

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

March 18, 2016
Steven Radelet (New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015)

Radelet, who chairs the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University, argues that the end of the Cold War ushered in an era of unprecedented development progress across much of Africa, Asia, and Latin America....

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

February 16, 2016
Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg (Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Review Press, 2015)

Business strategist Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation president and CEO Sally R. Osberg provide an overview of social entrepreneurship and share the stories of several social entrepreneurs who have changed — and are changing — the world for the better....