Off the Shelf

High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities

July 17, 2001
Alan L. Wendroff, Kay Sprinkel Grace (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001)

High Impact Philanthropy addresses the significant changes in the economy, donor demographics, and a shift toward greater active participation in community issues by people and institutions that resulted in the 1990s being called a Golden Age for philanthropy, with a focus on transformational gifts....

Preparing Your Capital Campaign

July 3, 2001
Marilyn Bancel (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2000)

In this nuts-and-bolts workbook, Bancel describes the elements that an organization should have in place in order to support a capital campaign — both traditional and non-traditional models — as well as the importance of conducting a feasibility study in advance of the campaign and offers helpful checklists, quizzes, and sample documents....

Resources for People with Disabilities: A National Directory. 2nd edition

June 19, 2001
Shawn Woodyard (Chicago, Illinois: Ferguson Publishing Company, 2001)

This two-volume set, with more than eight thousand listings, provides easy access to information about assistive technologies, funding to purchase those technologies, and organizations that can help the disabled become active and productive members of society....

Fundraising Skills for Health Care Executives

June 12, 2001
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Sandra S. Deller (New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 2000)

The book describes the three basic principles of development — research, donor cultivation, and the solicitation of potential givers — and highlights the various structures of gift-giving typically used by health-care institutions engaged in fundraising, including direct-mail campaigns, challenge grants, unrestricted funds, and bequests....

Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America

May 22, 2001
Randall G. Holcombe (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2000)

Holcombe examines "how tax laws affect the ideas that are financed by nonprofit foundations" and explores whether the laws ensure that foundations act within the public interest when it comes to the ideas they produce....

The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Effective Governance

May 8, 2001
Candace Widmer, Susan Houchin (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000)

Divided into three main sections, The Art of Trusteeship concentrates on the major issues with which board members must grapple — mission, money, and management — and emphasizes strategic planning as being key to an organization's longevity and success....

From Making a Profit to Making a Difference: How to Launch Your New Career in Nonprofits

April 24, 2001
Richard M. King (River Forest, Illinois: Planning/Communications, 2000)

King's book outlines the challenges of finding significant work in nonprofits and offers strategies for improving one's chances, including how to network with individuals in nonprofits who may be willing to provide help, preparing the kind of cover letter and résumé needed to catch the interest of a nonprofit, and how to negotiate salary and benefits....

Writing for a Good Cause: The Complete Guide to Crafting Proposals and Other Persuasive Pieces for Nonprofits

April 10, 2001
Danielle S. Furlich, Joseph Barbato , New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

Eschewing the traditional format of a detailed section-by-section explication of a grant proposal, the authors focus on the broader picture, such as the fundraising environment, how to best utilize the resources of your staff, and general suggestions on writers and resources to consult and use as models....

Grants: Corporate Grantmaking for Racial and Ethnic Communities

March 27, 2001
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy , Rhode Island: Moyer Bell, 2000)

The National Center for Responsive Philanthropy examines the cash grant component of 124 major corporations' grantmaking practices in 1995 of as they relate to racial and ethnic communities, as well as the issues behind the statistics, and offers expert advice on the technical aspects of fundraising for racial/ethnic fundraisers....

Fundraising for Dummies

March 13, 2001
John Mutz, Katherine Murray (Foster City, California: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2000)

Some potential readers of this book are those considering fundraising as a profession, development staff in a one-person shop, volunteers, and others who need a broad, basic overview of fundraising techniques in a practical, straightforward way....

What's Love Got to Do With It? A Critical Look at American Charity

February 27, 2001
David Wagner (New York, New York: New Press, 2000)

In his debunking of charitable giving in America, Wagner traces the origins of the charitable mystique from an historical and sociological perspective, describing offenses committed by armies of religious missionaries and philanthropists and criticizing American philanthropy as doing little to eradicate poverty or social injustices and serving to uphold the current climate of social inequality....

E-Advocacy for Nonprofits: The Law of Lobbying and Election-Related Activity on the Net

February 13, 2001
Elizabeth Kinglsey, Gail Harmon, John Pomenranz, Kay Guinane (Washington, District of Columbia: Alliance for Justice, 2000)

Though not intended as a comprehensive discussion of the basic laws governing nonprofit advocacy, E-Advocacy for Nonprofits represents the most current research and thinking on how nonprofits can use the Internet for lobbying and electoral advocacy while staying within the law....

Team-Based Fundraising Step by Step: A Practical Guide to Improving Results Through Teamwork

January 30, 2001
Cheryl Clarke, Mal Warwick, Mim Carlson (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2000)

Carlson, a well-known trainer and consultant in nonprofit organizational development, has put together a detailed outline for the process of assembling an effective fundraising team, the first step in which may be the hardest to take —— recognizing that your current fundraising methods aren't working and that it's time for a new strategy....

The Rules of the Road: A Guide to the Law of Charities in the U.S.

January 16, 2001
Betsy Buchalter Adler, Mal Warwick (editors) (Washington, District of Columbia: Council on Foundation, 1999)

The Rules of the Road look at the definition of a charity; the economic benefits of charitable status, including tax benefits for a charity and its donors; categories of public charities; laws concerning private foundations; restrictions on advocacy and lobbying; American philanthropy and foreign charitable activity; allowable commercial activities of charities; the election and duties of directors; and accountability at the state and federal levels....

The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success

January 2, 2001
Mal Warwick, Nick Allen (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass Inc., 2000)

In The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success, direct-mail marketing maven Mal Warwick presents five fundraising strategies — Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency, and Stability (or G.I.V.E.S) — and discusses how each can accomplish a different goal beyond the raising of money....