Books for Nonprofit Staff & Volunteers

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Tom Ahern

Tom Ahern is recognized as one of North America’s top authorities on nonprofit communications. He began presenting his top-rated Love Thy Reader workshops at fundraising conferences in 1999. Since then he has introduced thousands of fundraisers in the U.S., Canada and Europe to the principles of reader psychology, writing, and graphic design that make donor communications highly engaging and successful. He founded his consulting practice in 1990 (www.aherncomm.com). His firm specializes in capital campaign case statements, nonprofit communications audits, direct mail, and donor newsletters. His efforts have won three prestigious IABC Gold Quill awards, given each year to the best communications work worldwide. Ahern is also an award-winning magazine journalist, for articles on health and social justice issues. He has his MA and BA in English from Brown University, and a Certificate in Advertising Art from the RI School of Design. His offices are in Rhode Island and France.

Robert Baird

Robert Baird, as an organizer, volunteer, and board member, has been intimately involved with fundraising charity auctions for the past three decades.

 

Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks, creative director at TrueSense Marketing, has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 20 years, working as a copywriter and creative director on behalf of some of the best nonprofits of North America and Europe. His clients have included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, CARE, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision, Feeding America, the American Cancer Society, and many more. He is deeply grateful to be part of an industry that makes the world a better place. A leading advocate of donor-focused fundraising, Brooks cham­pions that cause on his popular Future Fundraising Now blog (www.futurefundraisingnow.com) and the Fundraising Is Beautiful podcast (www.fundraisingisbeautiful.com), as a frequent contributor to FundRaising Success magazine, and as a frequent speaker at fundraising industry events.

 

Roger Craver

The Wall Street Journal described him as “an assassin of all things right-wing.” The American Association of Political Consultants placed him in their Hall of Fame, and the Direct Marketing Association gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Craver is, in fact, a disruptor and challenger of the status quo. A pioneer in direct response fundraising in the 60’s, telemarketing in the ’70s, online information services in the ’80s, multi-channel fundraising and communication in the ’90s, and donor-designed strategies today, he brings an experienced and critical eye to the greatest problem faced by today’s nonprofits: donor retention. Roger helped launch some of the household names in the nonprofit advocacy sector: Common Cause, Greenpeace, the National Organization for Women, World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International. He helped revitalize and grow older organizations—the ACLU, the NAACP, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, League of Women Voters, Heifer Project International, and Planned Parenthood.

 

Gayle Gifford

Gayle Gifford brings over 30 years of experience to her work with nonprofits – from her personal activism for peace, disarmament, environmental, human and civil rights, to her professional work as a consultant and former director of development and senior nonprofit manager. She is one of fewer than 100 individuals in the U.S. with the advanced fundraising credential, ACFRE, issued by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Gifford learned her craft as Director of Development and Communications at PLAN USA, as Deputy Director/Director of Development and Marketing at Save The Bay, and as Director of Development at CityYear RI. Gayle holds an M.S. in organization and management from Antioch University New England and is an in-demand trainer and provocative writer on nonprofit management and fundraising. She teaches graduate-level courses as an adjunct at Brown University and Simmons College. Visit her Web site or blog, The Butterfly Effect, at www.ceffect.com. Or connect on Twitter @gaylegifford.

 

Kay Sprinkel Grace

The Busy Volunteer's Guide to Fundraising
Over Goal!
The Ultimate Board Member’s Book

Kay is a prolific writer, creative thinker, inspiring speaker, and reflective practitioner. Her passion for philanthropy and its capacity to transform donors, organizations, and communities is well-known in the U.S. and internationally. Kay lives in San Francisco and is an enthusiastic photographer, traveler, hiker, and creative writer. When not writing, speaking, or consulting, you can find her with her children and grandchildren who live in San Francisco, upstate New York, and France.

David Lansdowne

Fundraising Realities Every Board Member Must Face

David has spent much of his professional life in the nonprofit sector, serving in development and administrative positions for educational, cultural, and health organizations throughout America. 

Andrea Kihlstedt

Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money (with Andy Robinson)

Andrea Kihlstedt is fascinated by what makes people tick. She has spent the last 27 years as a capital campaign consultant, working with organizations large and small, giving her ample opportunities to observe remarkable people who through their courage, commitment, and energies make our world a better place through fundraising. She lives in New York City with her husband, Tyko.

Tom King

Going for the Green! How to Raise Money with Charity Golf

Tom King has worked with nonprofit organizations for more than a quarter century as a teacher, recreation therapist, program director, executive director, PR director, development officer, workshop facilitator, media consultant, advocate, and organizer. King has facilitated five startup nonprofits, reorganized two and was appointed to the Texas Department of TransportationÕs Public Transportation Advisory Committee for his transit advocacy work. A veteran charity golf tournament organizer, King has planned and directed a string of successful charity tournaments and special events. He is currently developing virtual-village.org, a networking tool for volunteers, advocates, community leaders, staff and organizers of faith and community-based agencies.

Harvey McKinnon

The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks and the Answers All Donors Crave

Harvey McKinnon is co-author of the international bestseller, The Power of Giving (Tarcher/Penguin), selected as an Amazon Best Book for 2005. His other works include, Hidden Gold, and the audio CD How Today’s Rich Give (Jossey-Bass), as well as the Tiny Essentials of Monthly Committed Giving (White Lion Press). McKinnon, who is one of North America’s leading fundraising experts, runs the Vancouver/Toronto based fundraising consultancy, Harvey McKinnon Associates (HMA) www.harveymckinnon.com.

Jerold Panas

Asking
The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards
The Fundraiser's Measuring Stick
Making a Case Your Donors Will Love
Mega Gifts

The late Jerold Panas was among a small handful of the grandmasters of American fundraisers. He was considered one of the top writers in the field and a number of his books have achieved classic status. Hailed by Newsweek as "the Robert Schuller of fundraising," Jerry was a favorite speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the nation. He served as executive director of one of the premier firms in America and was the co-founder of the Institute for Charitable Giving. The very term "philanthropy" would mean less without Jerry's influence.

Andy Robinson

How to Raise $500 to $500 From Almost Anyone
Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money (with Andrea Kihlstedt)
What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid

Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com) provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, leadership development, and facilitation. Over the past 16 years Andy has worked with organizations in 47 U.S. states and Canada. He specializes in the needs of groups working for human rights, social justice, environmental conservation, arts, and community development.

Martin Teitel

The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants

Martin Teitel has worked in the world of nonprofits for 45 years, 30 of them for grant making foundations, including a 12-year stint at CEO of the Cedar Tree Foundation in Boston. Teitel has a PhD in philosophy from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. He is a Field Education Supervisor for the Harvard Divinity School.

Mal Warwick

Raising $1000 Gifts by Mail in the Age of Email and Social Media

Mal Warwick is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com), Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has served many of America’s biggest and most-loved causes and institutions. Currently, Mal is an entrepreneur and impact investor who reviews books on his blog, www.malwarwickonbooks.com. He is one of three partners in the One World Play Project, which has distributed more than 1.5 million virtually indestructible soccer balls that never go flat to disadvantaged children in 175 countries.

Nancy Wasserman

The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances (with Andy Robinson)

Nancy Wasserman is the principal of Sleeping Lion Associates, a consulting firm that works with mission-driven ventures to identify, analyze, and address strategic questions and develop plans for implementing new programs or ventures. She has helped businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and government agencies better understand their financials, prepare feasibility analyses, and develop business and program plans. Nancy has extensive experience with groups working in social finance, sustainable development, energy efficiency, agriculture, and affordable housing.

Thomas Wolf

How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise (eBook)

Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career encompasses the fields of philanthropy, nonprofit management, education, and the arts. After serving as the founding Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts for seven years, he established a consulting firm in 1983 (now called WolfBrown) to assist nonprofit organizations and the philanthropic sector.  Helping his clients increase fundraising results and improve management practices, he also assisted 10 of the 50 largest U.S. foundations and various government agencies with their grants programs. At the same time, his workshops and convocations for trustees, administrators, and volunteers have earned him national recognition.