The Chronicle of Philanthropy is asking for help in building the ultimate philanthropy bookshelf. They have started discussions on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to collect nominations for what should be included. To follow the conversation on Twitter, search for the hashtag #philanthropybooks.
In January of this year, I posted what I thought were the Top 10 Philanthropy Books of the Decade. What are yours?
1. The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors by Russ Alan Prince (2001). The author is famous for his work with high-net worth donors and advisors.
2. The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford (2001). Part of the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) program required reading. The main lesson for an advisor is that he or she must gain the confidence of their clients.
3. Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fundraising in Asia (2004). There is a book for each country - India, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand and Bangladesh. Must reads if you are interested in philanthropy in Asia - especially the Preface that was written by Barnett Baron, Founding Chair of APPC.
4. Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy by Tracy Gary (2007). Not only is this a great book for donors but a must read for advisors that want to work with donors.
5. Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora by Adil Najam (2007). Prof. Najam looks at how Pakistani-Americans manage their multiple identities through their charitable giving and volunteering. Prof. Najam also founded the blog, All things Pakistan and is an expert on environmental policy in developing countries.
6. Money Well Spent by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey (2008). I learned about this book from Sean's blog,Tactical Philanthropy; great companion pieces are Sean and Paul's posts about strategic philanthropy.
7. Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker by Bill Somerville (2008). I bought more than 20 copies as gifts for people wanting to start a career in philanthropy. Giving made simple. Bill has a flip camera now...grantmaker + flip camera = no grant reporting and instant documented impact?
8. Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus (2008). A great read for understanding the issues of micro-credit and the potential of social businesses.
9. Law and Society in Vietnam: The Transition from Socialism in Comparative Perspective by Mark Sidel (2008). This book helped me understand the country in which I was born in but never knew. Prof. Sidel was with the Ford Foundation before becoming a professor of law.
10. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2009). Great authors making a compelling case for investing in the health and autonomy of women and girls.
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