Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Few of My Favorite Nonprofit Books

As summer reading season begins, I’d like to share links to a few of my favorite nonprofit books (Click on book name to for a link.). Enjoy!

The Nonprofit Leadership Team
by Fisher Howe. I believe I’ve shared this one before, but it’s worth mentioning again. It provides a good ‘101’ overview of not only board responsibilities but also the critical importance of recognizing and nurturing the leadership partnership that should exist between the board and the executive director.

Governance as Leadership by Richard Chait, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this one in future entries: it’s taking a centerpiece role in my dissertation research (on how nonprofit boards learn). Reading it was a paradigm-shifting experience. I continue to draw new insights – and new questions – each time I read it.

The Seven Faces of Philanthropy by Russ Prince and Karen File. While this ground-breaking research into the motivations of giving focuses on major donors, I believe we can make the case for applying the seven “faces” to giving of money at all levels and giving of time. A fascinating framework for thinking about the ways in which we match donor interests to organizational needs.

Leaders Who Make a Difference by Burt Nanus and Stephan Dobbs. The authors provide an accessible, thought-provoking perspective on the unique leadership challenges that the nonprofit sector provides.

Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations by Bernard Ross and Clare Segal. The authors encourage nonprofits to stretch their thinking about the ways in which they address opportunities and challenges, and to explore different approaches to their work.

Working Across Boundaries by Russell Linden. This is a great text for exploring the ways in which collaboration for the common good can be designed for success.

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