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Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking Ethics and Money

Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking Ethics and Money

August 7, 2001
James Hudnut-Beumler (Bethesda, Maryland: Alban Institute, 1999)

The author provides a clear understanding of the struggles church leaders face, suggests specific changes, and lays the burden for change directly on the shoulders of those leaders — changes that range from practical cost-cutting measures to involving more lay people in worship, prayer, and service, to focusing on religious goals rather than physical goals....

Extraordinary Board Leadership: The Seven Keys to High-Impact Governance

July 31, 2001
Doug Eadie (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publishers, 2001)

The basic tenet of Eadie's book is that any board can strengthen its leadership by applying his high-impact governing model —— his guidelines for translating a board's potential for leadership into significant impact on organizational performance....

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....