CharityChannel Press, which started publishing books for the nonprofit sector in 2010, specializes in handbooks for staff that are "in the trenches." Titles cover a variety of topics, from fundraising to governance to management, and are all written by nonprofit experts in that particular area. They are also known for their easy-to-read style.
Here are short summaries of ten titles they published this year that you can find in Foundation Center libraries. Titles link to the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature so you can see library holdings.
Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign? Assessing Your Nonprofit's Ability to Run a Major Fundraising Campaign by Linda Lysakowski.
This workbook explores the difference between an annual and a capital campaign, and provides checklists to help lead staff, board members, and volunteers through the process of preparing for one. Chapters cover planning, donor and community relations, financial considerations, executive leadership, development staff, governance, volunteer roles, and how to proceed if you feel you are not prepared for a capital campaign.
Asking Styles: Harness Your Personal Fundraising Power by Andrea Kihlstedt.
This guidebook presents a system that helps fundraisers ask for gifts in the way that suits them best. The author describes four asking styles and explains how each can select prospects, get ready to ask, set up the meeting, and follow through. Back in July, Kihlstedt wrote a guest piece for us entitled Four Reasons Introverts Can Be Successful Fundraisers that is based on content from the book.
Fundraising Research Made Easy: a Practical Guide for Fundraisers by Meredith Hancks and Cara Rosson.
Guidebook explains how to make research an integral part of the fundraising process. Its primary focus is prospect research, but also covers foundation fundraising.
The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Nonprofit Board and Staff Roles by Jean Block.
This manual helps clarify the distinct roles of nonprofit staff and board members in several key management functions. It includes an "invisible yellow line" test, as well as board member job descriptions and conflict of interest statements.
Moving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned From My First 365 Days by Joanne Oppelt.
Using her personal experience, the author provides advice and guidance on becoming an executive director at a nonprofit. She discusses preparing for the role, working with the board, financial management, fundraising, working with staff and volunteers, community relations, and work/life balance.
The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies From 25 Leaders in the Field edited by Susan Schaefer and Linda Lysakowski.
This book includes over 40 articles written by seasoned nonprofit consultants that convey advice on starting and growing a consulting business.
Power Your Organization's Fundraising: How the Partnership Paradigm Will Change Everything by Joanne Oppelt.
Oppelt uses a new partnership paradigm that can be used in designing a development plan for a nonprofit. She discusses how good communication and relationship-building skills can enhance fundraising activities, explains how to determine financial needs, and elaborates on "making the deal" with a focus on maintaining relationships with funders.
Prospect Research is a Verb: Fundraising is the Subject by Meredith Hancks.
This handbook describes how prospect researchers search through various types of information about individual donors and prospects. Sections cover researching foundational, or annual fund, prospects; how to identify major gift prospects; and preparation and research needed for the major gift ask.
Succeed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships: Analyzing Their Costs and Benefits by Joanne Oppelt.
The manual provides assistance with fundraising accounting and financial management. It is intended for development managers or board members who need to budget effectively. Sections examine revenue generation, return on investments and profit margins, cash flow, and fundraising planning.
You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs edited by Terrie Temkin.
A collection of articles by experts in the field of governance. They define governance and the roles deemed as essential, community engagement, nonprofit life cycles, the CEO relationship, board development, bylaws, meetings, and assessment.
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