It’s time for another round-up of the latest books for fundraisers and charity staff. Here are several new titles plus several which will be published soon.
We have started with 18 titles, but we expect that number to grow as more books are suggested to us.
1. Who Cares?
Written by Joe Barrell and Sarah Fitzgerald, Who Cares? focuses on “building audience-centred engagement strategies in the non-profit sector”. It has just been published by CharityComms.
Woooo! My preview copy of @CharityComms #WhoCaresBook written by @joebarrell and @SarahatSelf has arrived! You can get your copy (which is a must-read for Comms professionals) on the 3rd Nov! pic.twitter.com/AQwmkzUZ3G
— Kirsty Marrins #EndChildFoodPoverty (@LondonKirsty) October 30, 2020
2. Mutual Aid
Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis by Dean Spade was published last month.
It “provides a grassroots theory of mutual aid, describes how mutual aid has been a part of all larger, powerful social movements, and offers concrete tools for organising, such as how to work in groups, decision-making process, how to prevent and address conflict, and how to deal with burnout”.
Its author is clear that mutual aid is not charity: “it’s a form of organising where people get to create new systems of care and generosity so we can survive.”
— dean spade (@deanspade) October 28, 2020
3. Philanthropy: from Aristotle to Zuckerberg
Paul Vallely’s book is a huge work (in significance as well as physical size), covering the development and significance of philanthropy through the ages.
Looking forward to getting stuck into it- seems like a v interesting (not to mention quite hefty) tome! pic.twitter.com/2sW7ad2mAd
— ?Philliteracy? (@Philliteracy) September 4, 2020
Read Paul Pirie’s recent review on UK Fundraising.
4. Good business: the talk, fight, win way to change the world
Bill Novelli’s book Good Business comes out in March 2021. It is based on his experience with founding and growing Porter Novelli, the global PR agency for social impact, and his CEO role at AARP, the US nonprofit. He aims to show “that you can make a positive social difference regardless of what business you are in or where you are in your career”.
Excited to announce my new book is coming out Feb. 2, 2021. Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change the World, shows how business can be a powerful force for good, and challenges us to do the same. Available for pre-order https://t.co/h0kbXVjcJP. pic.twitter.com/SY6GU8Gurd
— Bill Novelli (@Bill_D_Novelli) October 27, 2020
5. It’s a Battle on the Board
Debra Allcock Tyler’s new book from the Directory of Social Change focuses on the practicalities of being an effective charity trustee. If relationships between trustees and between senior managers and trustees aren’t right, the charity can quickly find “you’ll have a battle on the board”.
In true Allcock Tyler style she features a different ABBA tune as the theme for each chapter.
@DebAllcockTyler’s “It’s a battle on the board” is a fine read and a very helpful resource for charity trustees, chairs and CEOs. The trustee contribution is vital but too often not given the respect and recognition it deserves. This book hopefully will make a difference. https://t.co/o3netUjsfB
— JOHN TIZARD (@JohnTizard) October 21, 2020
Why not sit down this evening and listen to (or watch) @DebAllcockTyler and @AndrewPurkis's brilliant podcast on trusteeship and It's a Battle on the Board. Click here to get started: https://t.co/P9pPZy81vJ pic.twitter.com/qp1qkHtp7O
— DSC (@DSC_Charity) November 11, 2020
6. Philanthropy Revolution
Lisa Greer’s Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference is written from a donor, indeed a philanthropist’s, point of view, and bluntly criticises what she sees as wrong and outdated with much fundraising. As such it is essential reading for any fundraiser.
Hot off the press! Congrats to Lisa Greer @Saving_giving, a longtime supporter The Wallis, on the publication of her first-ever book, Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference. Grab your copy today! https://t.co/Hlpz6U6YpO pic.twitter.com/8GIKpzDxL4
— The Wallis (@TheWallisBH) September 8, 2020
She backs up her views with dozens of interviews with donors, nonprofit professionals and academics in the field.
She believes that giving can be “saved” and offers suggestions on how charities and fundraisers can adopt new approaches that yield more “trusting, authentic partnerships that can be sustained long-term”.
You can listen to Lisa Greer talk about the book and the issues she raises in a podcast:
Have you ever approached a new donor and thought, "I wish I knew what they were thinking?". This week on the pod, our guest Lisa Greer, gives you the inside scoop to exactly what your donors are thinking and mistakes to avoid! Give it a listen!https://t.co/Nio8hsUDL9
— Whole Whale (@WholeWhale) November 7, 2020
You can also see her in conversation with Louise Morris:
— Rory Traynor (@rory_fundraiser) November 12, 2020
7. Fundraising strategy book in the works
Fundraising consultants Dr Claire Routley and Richard Sved have confirmed to UK Fundraising that they are “just finishing the final chapter of a book on fundraising strategy”. Claire added; ” It’s a labour of love, and general strategy nerdery!”
UK Fundraising will share more details in due course.
We're just finishing the final chapter of a book on fundraising strategy – it's a labour of love, and general strategy nerdery!
— Dr Claire Routley (@ClaireyJaneR) November 12, 2020
8. In Defence of Philanthropy
Dr Beth Breeze at the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent has another book in the works – In Defence of Philanthropy.
My book has the Ronseal-inspired title ‘In Defence of Philanthropy’. Do you have ‘Philanthropy Revolution’ by Lisa Greer on your list? It’s a painful read, a big-donor perspective on poor fundraising practice. But I def recommend it, we need to know how asking is perceived.
— Beth Breeze (@UKCPhilanthropy) November 12, 2020
9. Winning: The Five Truths of Fundraising
Rob Cummings book is available in print, eBook and audiobook. He is the author of The Weekend Briefing, a weekly email combining fundraising best practice “with an inspiring message that resonates with senior professionals and new fundraisers alike.”
Humbly, mine. The book that explains the beauty of our craft. "Winning: The Five Truths of Fundraising" is available now in print, eBook and audiobook on https://t.co/O1DeRrXnF8 https://t.co/PVReJAkwn5
— Rob Cummings (@TheWkdBriefing) November 12, 2020
10. Promised Land
Can I suggest my own upcoming book due out by Dec 1? – Promised Land: The Ten Commandments for Nonprofit Strategy, Communications, and Fundraising pic.twitter.com/0M2NqNahuH
— Janet Cobb, CFRE, CNP (@jcobbcfre) November 12, 2020
11. Rebel Ideas
Rebel Ideas is a “journey through the science of team performance. It draws on psychology, economics, anthropology and genetics, and takes lessons from a dazzling range of case-studies, including the catastrophic intelligence failings of the CIA before 9/11, a communication breakdown at the top of Mount Everest, and a moving tale of deradicalisation in America’s deep South.”
Author Matthew Syed argues that “individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of our ‘cognitive diversity’.”
12. Uncharted: how to map the future
Businesswoman Margaret Heffernan explores the people and organisations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty.
“Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this refreshing book challenges us to resist the false promises of technology and efficiency and instead to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.”
13. Hooked on a Feeling
Senior Coordinator at UNICEF Francesco Ambrogetti has a book looking at how the passion and devotion to good causes becomes memories and identities. It is due out by the end of this year.
my upcoming book "HOOKED ON A FEELING. How the passion and devotion for good causes becomes memories and identities" By Holborn/Civil Society Press by the end of 2020
— Franki (@FrancescoAm) November 12, 2020
14. Craftivist Collective Handbook
The third and final Craftivism book is designed to complete the trilogy and help Craftivists around the world deliver beautiful, kind & fair Gentle Protest Craftivism that works and makes real positive change.
Sarah Corbett is crowdfunding to make the Craftivist Collective Handbook a reality, and already has over 670 supporters, but needs more to reach the target and go ahead with publishing the book.
?Help us create a beautiful coffee table project book of 20 #gentleprotest #craftivism projects + methodology + stories + so much more to help you & others around the world in your positive change-making ?? https://t.co/aBTZ2EJeYJ pic.twitter.com/KvJnCBnJto
— CraftivistCollective (@Craftivists) October 1, 2020
15. Robots Make Bad Fundraisers
In Robots Make Bad Fundraisers: How Nonprofits Can Maintain the Heart in the Digital Age Steven Shattuck questions why, with all the software, tools, apps and intelligence available to us, has fundraising performance stagnated?
Instead he explores “ways to apply time-tested principles of philanthropy to the modern technology available to fundraisers – with the goal of keeping the donors we already have, inspiring new donors to give, and maintaining the sanity of our team members.”
Howard, if it's not already on your list, try Steven Shattucks new book" Robots make bad fundraisers".. Here is a quick peek at Steve in action–https://t.co/JMSlP8gC4k
— The Nonprofit Show (@Nonprofit_Show) November 12, 2020
16. Making the Ask
How do you ask the right people for the right money in the right way? In Making the Ask: The artful science of high-value fundraising Bernard Ross and Clare Segal share their approach – used by major fundraising organisations from UNHCR in the Middle East to MSF in the US and from UK’s Oxford University to MEF Museum in Argentina – which has been used to secure gifts up to $110m in a single ask.
17. Change for Better
You might already have read Change for Good by Bernard Ross and Omar Mahmoud, which looks at “how anyone involved in the field of social change can help individuals or groups to make positive choices using decision science”. Change for Better will be published in 2021, featuring a series of case studies from around the world looking at how behavioural science is transforming fundraising. It will be edited by Meredith Niles, Maddie Croucher, Omar Mahmoud and Bernard Ross.
18. From the Ground Up: Digital Fundraising for Nonprofits
Brock Warner’s book is “a practical primer on the ways of understanding, building, designing and innovating an effective digital fundraising programme”.
Maeve Strathy says “Brock has taken solid fundraising strategy and brought it to life through a real-world guide to digital fundraising. In plain language, Brock is providing tactical and practical advice, rooted in insights that will drive results. This is a must-read for fundraisers.”
I'm thrilled to share "From the Ground Up: Digital Fundraising for Nonprofits" which is on sale now. Visit https://t.co/W9XyPYFB0B for all the links you'll need. It's a practical, handy guide to the fundamentals that any fundraiser needs to know. #fundraising #charity #nonprofits pic.twitter.com/o0ap0STaxG
— Brock Warner, CFRE (@brockwarner) September 5, 2020
19. Bitcoin and the Future of Fundraising
Canadian fundraisers Anne Connelly and Jason Shim have written a guide to how charities are accepting and encouraging donations by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
A preview is available but you can pre-order the book.
I'm a big fan of crypto and also of @JasonShim and @Anne_Connelly, colleagues who've written a book on bitcoin and gift acceptance. I was privileged to have read the draft – outstanding information you'll not get anywhere else. Download the preview; better, preorder the book. https://t.co/sJQCAhnqfg
— Rebecca Davies (@RebsD) November 23, 2020
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