Our Top 3 Nonprofit Management Books

April 24, 2014jlam

Did you know that April 23 was World Book Night? An annual event, volunteers pick up selected titles (each year a new list of 30-35 books are selected and the costs are paid for by publishers and printers) and distribute these books to people with limited access to literature or non-readers.

To show our support for #WBN2014 and our love of the written word, here are three of our favorite nonprofit management books that we would recommend to those active in the nonprofit sector or those interested in being a social changemaker:

Forces For Good


  1. Forces of Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant—the authors studied 12 large and global nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and the Environmental Defense Fund and uncovered 6 key practices that high-impact nonprofits  employ to achieve extraordinary impact. In 2012, the book was updated to include how the six practices could be applied to local and smaller nonprofits.


Nonprofit Management 101


  1. Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals edited by Darian Rodriguez Heyman—a comprehensive, concise handbook that addresses key topics in the nonprofit field including fundraising, nonprofit finance, advocacy, strategic planning, social marketing, board governance, and nonprofit law. Each chapter is authored by leading subject matter experts and contains practical and easy-to-follow tips.


Good to Great


  1. Good to Great by Jim Collins—Based on the premise that “good is the enemy of great”, Jim Collins sets out to identify the critical differences between companies that he’s identified as good and those that have made the leap to greatness.  Collins penned a companion piece to this seminal work focused on the nonprofit sector: Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great


What are some of your favorite must-read nonprofit leadership/management books?  Share your comments below or tweet us your suggestions @csodfoundation.  

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