Off the Shelf

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

May 5, 2017
David Callahan (New York, New York: Knopf, 2017)

In his new book, David Callahan gives us a grand tour of the philanthropic landscape in the opening decades of the twenty-first century while opening a window on how today's economic winners are eyeing philanthropy as the ultimate opportunity to convert wealth into power....

Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

April 21, 2017
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson (Charleston, South Carolina: Advantage, 2016)

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, chief impact officer at Living Cities, draws on her experience in both the private and social sectors to shares lessons she's learned and strategies she's found to be effective for changing how we think about and create change, how our organizations work, and how we collaborate....

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....