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Yes, I am going to contribute to the continuing listification of the Internet. But hey, who doesn't like a good Top Ten list? Here are some books on my shelf that I keep going back to for wisdom and inspiration.


b2ap3_thumbnail_sustain.jpgNonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve Zimmerman

208 pages, published Nov 2010, $28

When it comes to decision-making, as I've written before, we sometimes let our subjective opinions or biases get in the way. Bell, Masaoka, and Zimmerman provide an excellent framework that will help you and your team give importance to the aspects of your planning that deserve it.


In 1628, a group of Puritans looking to build their shining city upon a hill (and maybe make a fortune on the side), formed their own start-up venture called the Massachusetts Bay Company and took themselves off to the New World. The early years were difficult and colonists were very dependent on funds and supplies from wealthy investors. By 1639 more than 20,000 people had moved to the colony and they were doing well enough to create an institute higher learning - New College - but not quite well enough to have any buildings, instructors, or students.

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In my readings about the state of fundraising in nonprofits, one of the conditions for success that people seem to be talking about is the importance of having a culture of philanthropy. A lot of us have a gut feeling as to whether or not our organizations have it but why is this such a problem in the first place?

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