Book Reviews from our Library
The Complete Guide to Fund-Raising Management (2nd Edition)
The comprehensive and practical guide to successful fundraising revised and updated The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Second Edition provides a user-friendly road map for fundraising success in a highly competitive philanthropic environment. A practical how-to book tailored specifically to the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers, it moves beyond theory to address the day-to-day problems faced in these organizations, and offers sound advice and proven solutions. The book and accompanying CD-ROM include all the tools, tips, and techniques you need to make your nonprofit stronger and find the resources you need. Inside you will find: The five principles of fundraising Resource development strategies Information management techniques Tips on prospect identification and market research Guidelines for running major gift programs Sections on fundraising by mail, by telephone, and through special events Capital and endowment campaign key success factors No matter what your fundraising goal is whether you need a detailed tour of the entire fundraising process or just a little help here and there The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, Second Edition is for you.
The Power of Legacy and Planned Gifts
By: Kevin Johnson
"The Power of Legacy and Planned Gifts" provides practical knowledge and tools nonprofits need to connect with loyal donors, resulting in a stream of future income that will sustain and advance their mission. Filled with illustrative real-world examples and cases, as well as worksheets to guide the reader, the book details a simple, multi-stage process for nonprofits to build a pipeline of future bequest income and offers donors perspective on making their gifts in a way that will best accomplish their goals.
Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes
By: Cheryl A. Clarke & Susan P. Fox
Nine out of ten grant proposals are rejected. Grant Proposal Makeover shows how to transform lackluster proposals into excellent ones–that have the potential to be funded. This book stands out from other traditional grantwriting books because it illustrates common flaws and problems in proposals and shows exactly how to fix them. It also includes helpful tips and quotes from foundation program officers and funding community insiders taken from an international survey of foundation professionals.
Raising More Money
By: Terry Axelrod
Founded and directed by Terry Axelrod, "Raising More Money" is a Seattle-based company that trains non-profit organizations in fundraising. A successful enterprise in its own right, Raising More Money has grown from 2 employees to 50, and has trained more than 2,000 organizations to date, with the average of $150,000 being raised by a nonprofit client group within a year of training. In Raising More Money: The Ask Event Handbook, Terry Axelrod (who is also the Director of the American Association of Fundraising Counsels; a Trustee of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce; and a Life Trustee of the Swedish Medical Center; and the founder of three nonprofit organizations) has distilled into a single volume the complete body of "how to" information for successfully raising money at a nonprofit fundraising event. Readers will learn how to determine when to hold an "Ask Event"; how to build a powerful, emotion-filled, one-hour program honoring the nonprofit organization's mission; how to conduct one-on-one "Asks"; how to evaluate results and follow-up with guests; and how to prepare for the next year's event. If you are charged with responsibility for fundraising with respect to a nonprofit organization, then you need to give a close and careful reading of Terry Axelrod's Raising More Money: The Ask Event Handbook. Also very highly recommended from Raising More Money Publications are: The Point Of Entry Handbook ($39.95, 263 pages); The Ask Event Handbook ($49.95, 238 pages); Raising More Money Video or DVD ($69.95, 47 minutes); and the Re-Igniting Your Board ($39.95, 21 minutes). Nonprofit and community library collections would be wise to acquire all five items in the form of the Raising More Money Library ($189.95).
Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit
By: James Aaron Quick and Cheryl Carter New
Step-by-step guidance, insider tips, and all the tools you need to create budgets and financial plans that win grants
Grants are a major source of funding in the nonprofit sector, and nonprofits invest considerable time, effort, and resources into obtaining them. A key aspect of any successful grant application initiative is budgeting and financial planning. A well-crafted budget, clearly delineating when, where, and how grant moneys will be applied, goes a long way toward selling a grantor on an applicant's vision. Unfortunately, many nonprofit professionals lack the know-how required to create budgets that instill grantors with confidence. This book fills that much-needed gap. Authors James Aaron Quick and Cheryl Carter New walk you through the entire budgeting process, providing invaluable insider tips, guidelines, and rules of thumb. More importantly, they provide you with indispensable guidance including a complete, step-by-step budgeting system, with each step fully documented and accompanied by an arsenal of powerful tools, plus much more to help you transform your organization's vision.
Best Practices in Grant Seeking
By: Saddia Farqui
As the competition for private foundation dollars becomes increasingly more intense, nonprofit organizations are struggling to find competent grant writers who can show results. But even a perfectly written proposal, or a highly qualified grant writer, cannot guarantee funding. Best Practices in Grant Seeking: Beyond the Proposal explores how to involve an organization s leadership in the grant seeking process, and how to work together with staff from public relations, programs, and even other fundraising areas, to make the grant proposal process more fruitful. The best practices in this book can help nonprofit officials determine agency-wide activities both short and long term that support and enhance the efforts of the grant writer and that will ultimately improve the amount and number of grants receive from foundations by building long-lasting relationships with funders, accessing the power of their communities, and establishing internal communication and cooperation.
By: Linda Lysakowski
If every nonprofit's leaders made the time to read and use this book, there would be a lot more nonprofits with sustainable and expanding resources that are raised more efficiently and effectively without burning out staff or volunteers. Ms. Lysakowski shares her wealth of experience by providing a broad perspective which touches upon key elements which need to be in place if the plan is to be widely owned and ultimately successful. In addition she shares a very useful, detailed process along with examples and forms that are valuable in multiple ways. A nonprofit can actually use this book to successfully go through the process by itself. On the other hand, the book can be used as a guide, providing background information useful to evaluating and then hiring a consultant to help the organization do a development audit and create a viable development plan.
Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-to Guide for Your Board
The authors challenge traditional attitudes, and fears, about fundraising by arguing that we should view the activity not as "tin-cup begging" but as providing a way for people to invest positively in their communities. The authors break new ground by focusing on benefits that *donors* derive from philanthropic giving and strategies to enhance these benefits. With exercises entitled "What Moves People to Give," the book offers ample opportunity for readers to apply this refreshing approach to their specific circumstances. As a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, I also serve on the PTA board of my daughter's public elementary school, always in dire need of funds, and fundraise on behalf of my alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, which relies heavily on alumnae financial support, and I have found this book to be an invaluable resource. I recommend this easy-to-read and comprehensive guide to anyone who serves on a board, especially those of you who have been afraid of fundraising. You won't be able to put it down!
Guide To Getting Arts Grants
By: Ellen Liberatori
Get that arts grant and be more independent! In this book, artists and arts groups will find all they need to know to support themselves through grants and special projects. This expert guide, written by an insider who has been on both the grant-making and the grant-writing side of the arts, show s readers how to assess their personal strengths and set goal to pursue their dreams. Hands-on examples and how-to exercises are provided for every situation: from creating artists' statements, to writing letters, fellowship applications, and arts-organization applications, to being ready for that all-important site visit. Online resources, tips on portfolio and personal prep, and information about the inner workings of boards and how to handle the yes, the no, and the maybe make this the complete guide to getting that arts grant.
Slaying The Financial Dragon: Strategies For Museums
By: American Association of Museums
Slay the financial dragon of a slumping economy and falling revenues with this valuable arsenal of strategies and tactics for fiscal success. Gain the competitive edge as you learn the latest trends and forecasts from experts in the areas of individual and corporate giving, earned revenue and investment, travel and tourism, and state and local funding. Slaying the Financial Dragon's 10 authors discuss the m ega-trends that are changing the face of fund raising, tell you how to talk to local officials about your funding needs, analyze the current state of the travel and tourism industry, and much more. Originally presented at AAM's "Slaying the Financial Dragon" seminar in November 2002, these practical, clearly stated articles present case studies and offer expert advice on how museums can best meet today's daunting financial challenges.
Seeing Through a Donor’s Eyes: How to make a persuasive case for everything from your annual drive to your planned giving program to your capital campaign.
By Tom Ahern.
This book is a must read for anyone in the business of asking for money for their organization. It tells why you need a winning case for support and how to put it in writing so that it becomes the basis for everything from your newsletters to your advertising; your website to your capital campaign. Using examples from real organizations and pertinent questions to guide the project, Ahern’s brief engaging chapters provide a roadmap for the interviewing and questioning process required to find the information needed for a successful case statement and explains what to do with the information once you have it. Come check out this book from the Russell Ruby Resource Library and learn how to craft a well-reasoned, emotionally satisfying case for support that will help you answer your donors’ questions about why they should give YOU money.