Off the shelf

Nonprofit Kit for Dummies

Nonprofit Kit for Dummies

Frances Phillips, Stan Hutton (New York, New York: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2001)
April 23, 2002

The Foundation Center's Janet Camarena reviews Hutton and Phillips' very accessible desk reference which cover getting started with nonprofits, managing a nonprofit organization, raising money and visibility, the "part of tens" (in which myths are dispelled and top tips shared)....

The Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide to Crafting Effective Mission & Vision Statements

The Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide to Crafting Effective Mission & Vision Statements

Emil W. Angelica (St. Paul, Minnesota: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2001)
April 9, 2002

The Wilder Nonprofit Field Guide's focus on process provides a cornerstone to build ownership for the mission and vision statements among board members, staff, and other key stakeholders; by following the steps outlined in the book, an organization can create a common understanding of its goals....

Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide

Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide

Barbara L. Ciconte, Jeanne G. Jacob (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publishers, 2001)
March 28, 2002

Fundraising Basics provides an excellent starting point for new fundraisers who need a deeper understanding of the key principles and practices of the field as well as more experienced practitioners who are tackling new development challenges....

Serving Those in Need: A Handbook for Managing Faith-Based Human Services Organizations

Serving Those in Need: A Handbook for Managing Faith-Based Human Services Organizations

Edward L. Queen II, ed (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2000)
March 12, 2002

The director of the Islamic Society of North America's fellowships in nonprofit management and governance has assembled an ecumenical group of researchers and service providers to create a handbook offering practical guidance for religious communities preparing to meet increasing demands for human services....

Full Speed Ahead: Managing Technology Risk in the Nonprofit World

Full Speed Ahead: Managing Technology Risk in the Nonprofit World

Melanie L. Herman (Washington, District of Columbia: Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2001)
February 26, 2002

With the intent of helping nonprofit organizations develop a fuller perspective of the hazards associated with the use and misuse of technology, Herman provides practical suggestions for managing the full range of pitfalls that will help give organizations more control of their technology resources without consuming significant human or financial resources in the process....

The Fundraising Planner: A Working Model for Raising the Dollars You Need

The Fundraising Planner: A Working Model for Raising the Dollars You Need

Doug Schaff, Terry Schaff (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999)
February 21, 2002

Whether you are new to fundraising or an experienced professional, whether you are a board member, volunteer, or employee, this book provides everything you need to create a plan that works for your organization...

The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations: Where You Are, Where You're Going, and What to Expect When You Get There

J. Terence Donovan, Judith Sharken Simon (St. Paul, Minnesota: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2001)
February 13, 2002

Clear and user-friendly in style, this large format paperback appears to address the dearth of material on transitional phases in nonprofit organizations — and meet the needs of those for whom it is intended: leaders and managers, board members, development consultants and funders....

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

Cheryl A. Clarke (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2001)
January 29, 2002

Clarke, a fundraising consultant and trainer, is also a published short story author, and she came to realize that fundraising —— and specifically proposal writing —— incorporate many of the techniques used in storytelling....

Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs

Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs

J. Gregory Dees, Jed Emerson, Peter Economy (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001)
January 22, 2002

Charities and other nonprofit organizations are actually businesses — they provide services or products, employ people, use resources, need money to run — so the authors put a nonprofit spin on private sector methods: devising strategies, identifying markets, setting up an organization to service "customers," calculating risks, working out where the resources are coming from, setting prices....

National Center Journal

National Center Journal

(Washington, District of Columbia: National Center for Family Philanthropy, 1999)
January 15, 2002

The National Center Journal was started to provide such a resource for families and individuals involved in their family's philanthropy as well as to improve understanding of the needs of donors, their families, and advisers....

The Nonprofit Handbook: Fund Raising

The Nonprofit Handbook: Fund Raising

James M. Greenfield (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001)
January 2, 2002

The Nonprofit Handbook provides a complete overview of the entire development function, from strategic planning to hands-on practical guidance for various kinds of fundraising, with extensive samples, charts, checklists, and timelines as well as a suggested reading list and other recommended resources....

Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit

Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit

Cheryl Carter New, Daniel R. Faber, Deborah McCarthy, James Aaron Quick (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001)
December 18, 2001

The third in a series by co-authors Quick and New, The Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit, a step-by-step guide to developing a budget, provides a practical reference tool for any novice development staff member....

Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Governing Boards, User's Guide and Questionnaire

Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Governing Boards, User's Guide and Questionnaire

National Center for Nonprofit Boards (Washington, District of Columbia: NCNB, 1999)
December 11, 2001

The guide aims to show the benefits of a board's self-assessment, how to conduct a self-assessment, and how to use the results, and gives excellent instructions in preparing for the self-assessment, with sample letters to be sent to the members after agreement to hold a self-assessment retreat, a cover letter for the questionnaire, a time table, and a sample agenda....

Foundations in Europe: Society, Management and Law

Foundations in Europe: Society, Management and Law

Andreas Schluter, Peter Walkenhorst, Volker Then (London: Directory of Social Change, 2001)
December 4, 2001

This compilation of essays written by more thanfifty researchers, academic scholars, and respected members of the philanthropic community from both the United States and Europe takes a comparative approach to evaluate the philanthropic activities that exist across European countries, highlighting the diversity of philanthropic traditions in different legal, social, and political cultures....