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1. Grant Writing for Dummies
by Beverly A.Browning
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Asin: 0764553070
Catlog: Book (2001-02-19)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 4734
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Grant writing skills are essential in gaining funding from government and foundation grants for a nonprofit organization. In the past, there were no college degrees in grant writing and very few, if any, books on how to write a grant. The process of learning how to write a grant was mostly trial and error, but times have changed. Today, grant writing is a science – a skill that reflects a precise application of facts or principles.

Grant Writing For Dummies can help anyone who has to seek and secure grant funds in order to keep an agency’s doors open for business or to fund a special project. This reference guide is also for people who want to make a career of freelance grant writing. The easy-to-use format, thorough approach, clear advice, and voice of experience will help anyone to:

  • Get the scoop on government and foundation grants
  • Go for the gold with multiple grant requests
  • Make the case for your grant request
  • Use words that make founders say “yes”

Figure out the rules of the grants game to put together your grant application. Reach your goal of receiving funding for your organization from a government or foundation grant. Grant Writing For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • Searching for government grants
  • Conveying your needs for grant funds
  • Fashioning the essentials such as cover letters and abstracts
  • Presenting the budget
  • Double-checking your grant proposal or application before you submit it
  • Win or lose – how to play your next card

Every year, the federal government distributes billions of dollars in grant money to nonprofit organizations. Grant Writing For Dummies guides you along your quest for funding with all the essential information you need to achieve success. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars clear, precise and easy to use
I was struggling through a master's level grant writing course and hitting snag after snag in my own grant writing project. The text books for the course provided contradictory and confusing information that on the whole did not apply to the actual process of grant writing. I gave up and purchased Grant Writing for Dummie. I only wish I had gotten this book earlier. The book is well organized and walks you through the often convoluted process of researching, writing and submitting grant proposals. I appreciated the clear writing and colorful examples of how to phrase and document a grant proposal. I recommended the book to the professor but he was less than enthusiastic about the idea of replacing the standard class textbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Non-Profit Handbook for Excellence
When approached to provide grant writing services, I thought I couldn't do it, then I found this book.

After purchasing, I picked a day to study this book completely and found it wasn't needed. The best feature is the easy reference format, I could simply flip to what I needed and work from there.

The web site listings, foundation break-downs and overall content got me on the right track.

This book will be helpful only if you are seeking a grant for a non-profit. I searched elsewhere for information on sponsorships and other available funding.

What is offered are the absolute basics for getting started on grant writing. Companies will not give your paper or proposal a second glance if you don't take the time to research their specific guidelines.

Buy this book, do your homework and you just might get that grant. It's a far better investment than the internet rip-offs for thirty of more dollars that claim to tell you how to get a grant.

From experience, I'll tell you now, there are no guarantees, each company decides, and this book will be a foot in the door.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are not non-profit, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
Nowhere on the front or back cover does it say this book is about getting grants for not-for-profit agencies only. You have to read 3+ pages of the book until it says so.

I returned the book. The little I did read seemed comprehendable and well written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grant writing dummy? Not so now!
This book gave all of the info that I needed to write a proposal for a grant. I would HIGHLY reccommend it to anyone that is taking on this project. All of your questions are answered in a very easy to understand manner. You are taken step by step to the completion of your task, leaving you with the feeling that you have done the best job that you could do. I have enjoyed many of your books for 'dummies', don't stop now. Thank yo so very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING INFORMATION!
I've been writing grants on my own for a few years with a very high success rate. I bought this book because I am about to embark on writing some large requests for foundation and federal funding. I was hoping to learn a few more tips from an expert. Boy did I get my money's worth! I wish I would have read this book before I wrote my first grant! There are tons of tips. The book is well written in a smart format that makes it quick and easy to read. I'll definitely use it for a reference text for years to come. Thanks Beverly Browning! ... Read more


2. The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets!
by Ellen Karsh, Arlen Sue Fox
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Asin: 0786711752
Catlog: Book (2003-07)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Sales Rank: 10009
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Two Frontline Experts In Getting Grants Share Their Successful Strategies For Developing And Writing Winning Grant Proposals

Grant writing seems quite straightforward to people who don't need a grant, but very difficult to people who are desperate for funding--especially in this post-9/11 environment of massive budget cuts and urgent need.This book, written by two authors who have won millions of dollars in grants, provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide for grant writers, de-mystifying the process while offering indispensible advice from funders.In fact, it's the only book you'll find that's filled with in-depth interviews with government and foundation grantmakers.You'll learn exactly what a grantmaker wants, and how to make the most effective pitch.Ellen Karsh headed the New York City Mayor's Office of Grants Administration under Rudy Giualiani and Mike Bloomberg, and Arlen Sue Fox currently manages the development department at a large New York City not-for-profit organization.Together, the authors have written the one and only book for EVERYONE seeking grants--not-for-profit oraganizations, municipal, county, and state governments, school superintendents, principals, teachers, and boards of education, and people seeking funds for scholarly and cultural projects.The book includes up-to-date resources, sample forms, and proposal components; a guide to using the internet to find grant opportunities; a glossary of terms with any word, phrase, or concept a grant writer may need; plus fifty tips for writing a winning proposal. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Purchased this book with a few others to get started on grant writing for a non-profit. Read the book front to back in less than a week because I enjoyed it so much. I found myself coming into my office each morning and checking out new websites from the book to help me. After reading the book, I truly understand what grantmakers are looking for in a proposal. Thank you so much!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Model of Its Kind
I live in London, am an interested observer of the relationship between local government and the private sector but not someone who would ever actually have to write a grant proposal. The beauty of this book lies in the combination of fascinating insider knowledge and graceful writing. It even made me laugh out loud at times.No small feat. All in all, a remarkable achievement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb -- readable, direct, informative
These two professional grantseekers provide a very helpful perspective for both newcomers to the grants world and those with experience. The grantmakers interviews are particularly helpful, and the honest and unpretentious style of the book make it an enjoyable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
This really IS the only grant- writing book you'll ever need. It's an extremely helpful book that is both readable as well as comprehensive. The websites are exhaustive, the appendix material useful, the glossary of terms highly technical and inclusive, and the interviews with funders are unique. All in all - a gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help at Last
I found this book especially reader-friendly in spite of the complexities of the grants process. The glossary of terms and the interviews with people who give grants offered valuable insight into the world of grants.

I especially appreciated the emphasis on the need for collaboration. This was presented in a convincing manner! ... Read more


3. Hank Rosso's Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising (Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)
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Asin: 0787962562
Catlog: Book (2003-02-21)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 153838
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the classic book in the field provides a conceptual foundation for the fund raising profession. Hank Rosso's Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising examines the profession's principles, strategies, and methods and is filled with practical examples. Guided by the enduring philosophy of fund raising master Henry A. Rosso, contributors explain the reasoning behind the planning and selection of strategies for all fund raising activities, including building your case for support, approaching donors, managing campaigns, and demonstrating stewardship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for the fundraising professional!
Whether you've been in the fundraising profession for 10 minutes or 10 years, do yourself a favour and read this book. It will make you proud to be part of the tradition of philanthropy. It will inspire and guide you. You will see yourself and the volunteers and donors you work with in a whole new light. Don't put it in your library. Keep it on your desk. The first time you read it, and you will read it joyfully from cover to cover, keep pen and paper handy. You will find yourself making a list of things you need and want to do. Achieving Excellence in Fundraising is thoughtful and thought-provoking. It is the place where the theory, practice, philosophy and spirituality of a great tradition meet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review for the Golden Gate Chapter of AFP Newsletter
On my fundraising shelf stood just two books and a binder: "Designs for Fundraising" by Harold Seymour © 1966; "The Raising of Money" by James Gregory Lord © 1987, and my collected monthly newsletters of tips from Taft. Not a lot to go on, but Seymour's classic helped me enormously, imparting such nuggets as, "At best, with few exceptions, people don't pay close or careful attention to anything."

OK, so listen up. Times have changed. Many, many books now beckon us, delivering the full spectrum of nonprofit knowledge. Yet all books are not equal. When Henry (Hank) Rosso gathered a number of esteemed colleagues together and put out Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising in 1991, it represented a milestone in fundraising education, based as it was on his many years of teaching through The Fund Raising School, which he founded right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The School later became a program of The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and it continues to provide superior, basic training in fund raising principle and practice throughout the country. All the years of teaching experience and the benefits of association with IU are now reflected in this expanded, caught-up-with-the-world second edition of the "Rosso" (RAH-so).

It was time. Consider that when Achieving Excellence debuted in 1991, the stock market stood at 2736, Giving USA estimated total philanthropic support at $105 billion, and the National Science Foundation had just lifted its ban on commercial use of the Internet. Today, as we reel and grapple, it is worth noting that the markets have more than tripled from 1991; philanthropic dollars have doubled; and the Internet is our bread and butter. The second edition adds several chapters in recognition of the changes and rounds out its predecessor. We read about the new order, how to build endowment, women as donors, trends in major donor giving (read with caution, as markets and donor experience have had some impact), diversity considerations, Internet strategies, special events fundraising, technology use, budgeting and accountability, stewardship, international perspectives, and fund raising as a profession. These are welcome additions.

Given the scope attempted by the book, I should point out that there are, in fact, a few areas not covered, including how to obtain government grants and contracts, and exhaustive instructions on how to write a grant proposal to a foundation. But if you heed what these authors have written, you will have no problem accomplishing either feat.

Most of the authors in this edition are new to the "Rosso," numbering 27 in all. The first edition lists 13 contributors. Hank wrote eight of the chapters of that book; he has two in this one. With Hank gone (1999), we are guided into Rosso II by the gentle, sure hands of Eugene Tempel, executive director of the IU Center on Philanthropy and Tim Seiler, current director of The Fund Raising School. Between them (with a chapter from Hank), they set the stage in Parts One (Context) and Two (Fundamentals).

The book proceeds logically and is easy to navigate or use as a quick reference. "Fundamentals" is followed by sections treating "building blocks" (e.g. annual fund, capital campaign), sources, methods (e.g. direct mail, special events), management (e.g. leadership, boards, information, budgeting, consultants), ethics, stewardship, and personal professional support. A thorough Glossary and Bibliography follow.

Our AFP chapter boasts several representatives here: Kim Klein reprises her excellent chapter on grassroots fund raising and Kay Grace on leadership; Mal Warwick writes the update on direct mail; Alan Wendroff supplies special events; and Skip Henderson updates us on the trustees' role.

The context is still Hank's, which means that ultimately, the book is not about the joy of soliciting but something higher. I'm sure he would be tickled if you inscribed your book as he wrote in so many of our first editions "I hope that you will enjoy the reading of this book. Let it help you to teach the joy of giving. Hank Rosso" ... Read more


4. The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors
by Russ AlanPrince, Karen MaruFile
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Asin: 0787960578
Catlog: Book (2001-11-16)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 163964
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Available for the first time in paperback, Seven Faces of Philanthropy introduces to you the Seven Faces approach--a powerful tool that enables development professionals to maximize their effectiveness when approaching major donors for gifts. The authors identify and profile seven types of major donors and offer you detailed strategies on how to approach them. Both novice and expert fundraisers will find this framework a valuable supplement to existing strategies and techniques.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I loved this book! The Seven Faces of Philanthropy offers a very helpful donor-centered approach to interacting with donors.

Although thoroughly researched, the authors' humility is also refreshing. Prince and File specifically say they are not offering a framework that supplements, not replaces, the strategies and techniques our offices are using. Later, they acknowledge the limits and constraints with this framework but affirm that the strength is in the process.

Throughout the book, actual comments from donors illustrate the points the authors are making. I could almost hear donors I know talking to us through those quotations! As I read The Seven Faces of Philanthropy, I found myself scribbling notes in the margins about how I could implement the framework in my daily work.

I was disappointed that this reprint merely had a new introduction. Part Two is laden with statistics and I found myself wondering how they have changed in the last ten years. Nevertheless, this book is well worth reading and implementing.

In addition to a preface, two introductions, and a research appendix, the chapters include:

Part One: Profiling the Seven Faces of Philanthropy
1. The Communitarian: Doing Good Makes Sense
2. The Devout: Doing Good is God's Will
3. The Investor: Doing Good is Good Business
4. The Socialite: Doing Good is Fun
5. The Altruist: Doing Good Feels Right
6. The Repayer: Doing Good in Return
7. The Dynast: Doing Good is a Family Tradition

Part Two: Cultivating Major Donors with the Seven Faces Framework
8. Making Connections Through Charity Networks
9. Building Relationships with the Seven Philanthropic Personalities
10. Identifying Appropriate Giving Strategies
11. Sustaining Relationships Through Donor Centered Strategies

Conclusion: Applying the Seven Faces Framework

5-0 out of 5 stars Who are you asking?
This is a very important read for the not-for-profit person planning to ask for money. It is important to understand the motivations for giving and incorporate that into your "ask".
This book is the best resource for simplifying the giving patterns and motivators of people.

4-0 out of 5 stars Real Useful Information for Real Non-Profit Professionals
Prince and File really did a number on this book. It contains valuable information about how to friend raise, how best to serve friends of your non-profit, and how to keep them on board with your organization. The book describes seven philanthropic "personalities" and allows the reader to think about his or her own constituents and how they might fit in with these personalities. A remarkable work, that is insightful yet easy to understand and apply. ... Read more


5. Winning Grants: Step by Step, 2nd Edition
by Mim Carlson, The Alliance for Nonprofit Management
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Asin: 078795876X
Catlog: Book (2002-06-21)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 66914
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Winning Grants Step by Step is the definitive guide to writing persuasive and successful proposals. In easy-to-understand terms, Mim Carlson leads you through creating a proposal--from start to finish--that fulfills the three most important criteria grantmakers demand from a competitive proposal: a clearly stated purpose describing what your organization is trying to achieve, compelling evidence that demonstrates the importance of this goal, and a well-reasoned plan that outlines how your organization will meet the goal in a cost-effective manner. And, once the workbook exercises are completed, your organization will have a fully developed grant proposal. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars For beginners
Mim Carlson's "Winning Grants" provides an excellent overview of what steps to follow when seeking foundation funding. It provides a fair amount of general information that will be useful for readers who lack proposal writing experience. Unfortunately, the book suffers from being a bit too general in its approach. The author attempts to cover both private and public grant writing, but the overlap between these two areas is not great enough to justify lumping them together. My only other complaint is that an index is not included.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic worksheets
If you come in to our nonprofit management support organization and ask for a book on grant proposal writing, there are two we'll pull out right away: Grassroots Grants and Winning Grants Step by Step. We're often asked which to choose. Of all the books we see, these are the two we most often recommend, but they do have different approaches.

Winning Grants Step by Step takes a pragmatic tone. It accepts the rules of the game and offers to show you how to win within them. "Most funders prefer to give grants for new and expanding programs or in support of special projects and new ideas rather than for the general operating expenses of an organization or the ongoing costs of established programs," it explains. "Because funders have these preferences, this workbook uses the idea of creating a new program as the basis for developing a proposal." (The book does also give examples of core operating support proposals, and does start with a planning guide to help you see which programs fit your priorities).
In the introduction to Grassroots Grants, on the other hand, the publisher shares her qualms about publishing a book about grants at all, preferring that the reader focus first on developing more renewable and less restricted gifts from individual donors. "This book is about two things: money and power," says Grassroots Grants, and calmly analyzes the dynamics of both in the grant proposal process. This big-picture view is in the end more pragmatic - it encourages you to take control of the grantseeking process by searching out those funders and pitching those programs that really best fit with what you are trying to do.

Both books have excellent project planning guidelines. As Winning Grants Step by Step observes, "Generally, organizations will spend approximately 80 percent of their time planning a project and only 20 percent of their time writing and packaging a proposal," so this section is obviously very important. Both books ask questions such as "What is unique about your organization's project?" "Is anyone else working on a similar project?" "What members of your community support each project?"

Both also contain useful information about finding appropriate funders, which is key to the process - much more important than your writing skills is finding the right funder who cares about projects like yours. Although Winning Grants Step by Step puts this information at the end in an appendix, you should really read it first, particularly the excellent section on corporate giving programs. Grassroots Grants contains very helpful guidelines about what to consider when deciding whether a funder is really a good fit for your organization, and detailed information about ways to develop good relationships with potential funders.

The books have different approaches to how they help you with your own writing. Winning Grants Step by Step has a workbook format, with questionnaires you fill out as you go, so that by the time you have completed them you will have addressed most of the subjects covered in a typical proposal, and it will be easy to cut and paste the appropriate bits into the funder's preferred format. It comes with all the worksheets on a CD-ROM so you can fill them out electronically and reuse them. If you like project planning, but get nervous about the writing process, this format may help walk you through. Grassroots Grants has questionnaires throughout the text, and it has more examples of proposals, query letters, and other documents with notes on how they were developed. If you like to write by reading examples to inspire you to your own purposes, this book will suit you.

Ultimately, these books complement one another. Even if you prefer the workbook format of Winning Grants Step by Step, the "big picture" you get from reading Grassroots Grants will help you answer all those questions. Likewise, if you prefer the style of Grassroots Grants, you can still benefit from the excellent sections on overhead costs and planning for sustainability in Winning Grants Step by Step.

3-0 out of 5 stars good, basic overview but don't use alone
I am a consultant, grantwriter, and trainer who specializes in technical assistance and training for HIV/AIDS services. I provide a copy of this workbook to participants in my grantwriting ("Bringing Home the Money!) workshops, because it's a good, basic overview of many of the different parts of the request for funding proposal.

What's most useful about Carlson's book is that it provides a summary for participants and another way of explaining some of the things I teach. There are also good worksheets included in Carlson's book, designed to help first-time grantwriters grapple with the different proposal elements. Carlson also includes a CD-ROM with different forms that can also be helpful.

However, there are important limits to Carlson's book, thus the caveat in my review title that you NOT use this book alone.

1. Carlson's book is very general. For certain funders or funding areas (such as in HIV/AIDS), grantwriters need to include and be very familiar with things like public health data and certain standardized evaluation methods. You will not get that kind of information or guidance in Carlson's book.

2. Some of the sections lack sufficient details that can help first-time grantwriters better understand the concepts. For example, the budget and budget justification section are weak. She does not provide any explanation for "priority/target populations," a concept important to HIV/AIDS and other public health programs.

3. Carlson starts off with a good premise: Helping grantwriters understand the writing of a good proposal by having funders--the people who would actually read and decide on your proposal--speak about what makes good and bad proposals. It's a great idea and one that is the backbone to my own workshop. However, it is a thread that Carlson quickly drops and doesn't bother to integrate into the entire workbook.

4. Finally, the different elements are presented in such a way that they remain disintegrated, separate, fragmented from each other. In reality, a good proposal (i.e., one that is most likely to be funded) includes all the required elements (abstract, description of need, work plan, goals and objectives, evaluation, etc.) that are written well, are strong in content, and all work together in an integrated way.

To Carlson's credit on my last point, I should note that very few writers of grantwriting books and guides have succeeded in showing the latter, although I think it's one of the best signs of a well-written, strong, viable program.

In summary, then, this is a good first place to start if you're new to grantwriting or need a refresher. But definitely use it in conjunction with a great workshop and/or other grantwriting resources that are available.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for foundation grants, not so good for gov't grants
The information contained in this book primarily applies to non-governmental entities soliciting grants from non-profit foundations. Organizations like the NSF, NIH, etc., have fairly strict guidelines and don't permit the "excesses" encouraged in this book.

As the review title states, this would probably be a very useful book for a charitable organization looking to obtain funds from corporate foundations. However, if you're looking for research money from a government organization like Nat'l Science Foundation or Dep't of Education, this book is virtually useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable to the small nonprofit organization
This book should prove invaluable to the small nonprofit organization without development staff. Its clear and logical steps are easy to follow and non-intimidating for the uninitiated.

In my practice as a consultant to small nonprofit organizations, I found that the three areas most often not understood are: building relationships with funders, clearly setting and articulating outcomes and objectives; and providing a rationale why this particular nonprofit organization is uniquely suitable for providing this particular service or goods. Carlson's book provides instructions to help an organization address these three areas in a simple straightforward way. ... Read more


6. How to Produce Fabulous Fundraising Events: Reap Remarkable Returns with Minimal Effort (Book & Diskette)
by Betty Stallings, Donna McMillion
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Asin: 0963456024
Catlog: Book (1999-09-15)
Publisher: Building Better Skills
Sales Rank: 73590
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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If you have ever experienced a fundraising event that was too much effort for the return, this book is for you!You learn the secrets of selecting the right fundraising event for your organization; gain practical tips and tools for attracting, supervising and appreciating your event volunteers and learn to plan, publicize and evaluate your event to guarantee its success.

After reading this book you will be motivated and feel confident to put on an event that involves key community leaders, raises significant funds and, best of all, creates only minimal work for salaried and volunteer staff.

Truly two books in one, the book also features a step-by-step guide to producing a perfect event, proven successful for hospitals, nonprofit organizations and churches.You will want to share it with everyone who leads fundraising events!

The accompanying PC diskette is a great time saver containing numerous forms, letters, lists, budgets, criteria selection and more the reader can adapt to his/her own organization or event! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful!
This book and accompanying disk is a tremendous help to board members and volunteers who are perplexed about which event is the right one for their organization to sponsor. So many times well meaning volunteers and staff come up with event ideas that are not the best use of valuable volunteer and staff time. The comprehensive criteria in Chapter 2 helps lead organizations' leaders to either say, "Yes! Let's do the suggested event -- or Let's go back to the drawing board." An extra bonus is the information about a great event that has been proven to raise NEW money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not EventS...but Event...
While there is some great advice to be gleaned from the book, the majority of the book focuses on selling you on producing a specific type of event. Unless you want to follow their step-by-step advice and create that same event, you will find this book a disappointment as I did. I don't believe that the book lives up to its billing. Unlike the authors, I don't agree that there is a single perfect fundraising event for all organizations.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I just finished reading this fabulous book and I can't wait to take it to our next board meeting to share the criteria for selecting the RIGHT event for our organization. I can now understand why so many newsletters and magazines such as The Grantsmanship Center Magazine have chosen to write about this book. I enthusiastically recommend it to all organizations who need to understand how to truly make events work for an organization!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Fundraisers
I have read many books about fundraising events but this one is THE BEST!!

My organization has spent countless hours trying to raise money for worthy causes in our community. Before reading "How to Produce Fabulous Fundraising Events", our results were mediocre at best. Now my organization has completely changed how we select, market and produce our events. It was the perfect way to rid our organization of the "sacred cow events" that had long outlived their value.

The disk containing sample forms was invaluable and alone worth the purchase price. Every fundraising coordinator should have a copy of this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars I thought I accidently ordered the wrong book.
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There are good tips and checklists, but the majority of the book concentrates on one type of event, one the writers specialize in called a "Dynamite Dinner." Other events are mentioned in passing, but unless you want to create a "Dynamite Dinner," I'd look elsewhere for help. ... Read more


7. Fundraising for Social Change (Kim Klein's Chardon Press)
by KimKlein
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Asin: 0787961744
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 96585
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Fundraising for Social Change provides organizations that have budgets of less than $1 million (including much less than that) with the information they need to establish, maintain and expand a successful community-based fundraising program.

Part of the new Kim Klein's Chardon Press Series from Jossey-Bass which focuses on providing fundraising and organizational development tools for community-based and social change organizations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE starter book for fundraisers
This book covers all types of fundraising--events, direct mail, phon-a-thons, personal requests and more. There is more than enough information on each of these topics to help you implement the strategy. She helps you to visualize your fundraising efforts within the entire context of your organization and over the years you will be in your community. Further, she reframes fundraising to help you understand that you are not "pitiful beggars" plaguing people with your requests for help, but actually helping people to make meaningful contributions to their community. I purchased several books on fundraising that turned out to be mistakes--and books on fundraising are not cheap. This book saved our organization its price within seconds of its purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help me find this book! No one seems to be able to.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The only book on fund raising I ever read that made cents.
Kim Klein is an excellent writer and a fabulous fund raiser. I had the opportunity to attend one of her workshops and immediately put in to practice her ideas. Raising money is now my favorite part of the job ... Read more


8. How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
by David Bornstein
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What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up -- and remake the world for the better.

How to Change the World tells the fascinating stories of these remarkable individuals -- many in the United States, others in countries from Brazil to Hungary -- providing an In Search of Excellence for the nonprofit sector. In America, one man, J. B. Schramm, has helped thousands of low-income high school students get into college. In South Africa, one woman, Veronica Khosa, developed a home-based care model for AIDS patients that changed government health policy. In Brazil, Fábio Rosa helped bring electricity to hundreds of thousands of remote rural residents. Another American, James Grant, is credited with saving 25 million lives by leading and "marketing" a global campaign for immunization. Yet another, Bill Drayton, created a pioneering foundation, Ashoka, that has funded and supported these social entrepreneurs and over a thousand like them, leveraging the power of their ideas across the globe.

These extraordinary stories highlight a massive transformation that is going largely unreported by the media: Around the world, the fastest-growing segment of society is the nonprofit sector, as millions of ordinary people -- social entrepreneurs -- are increasingly stepping in to solve problems where governments and bureaucracies have failed. How to Change the World shows, as its title suggests, that with determination and innovation, even a single person can make a surprising difference. For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook. It will change the way you see the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The stories of these individuals can't help but inspire!
With examples from all over the world, Bornstein shows how social entrepreneurs relentlessly work to change societal conditions for the better. This book is a non-fiction page-turner because the stories are so alive. The social entrepreneurs fight government, personal, financial and technological obstacles to benefit sets of people, communities...and, it turns out, the world! The detail is presented in a way that is fascinating instead of tedious, yet lets readers know that social entrepreneurship involves diligence in the forming the ideas and initiatives as well as in execution.

5-0 out of 5 stars This way to Change!
My takeaway from this highly inspirational book is: Dare to care. In a self-obsessed world, where the "I" reigns supreme, along comes a book that has the potential to change that for ever. I would be surprised if this book did not serve as a catalyst for all those people who are aching to leave their mark on the earth's future by altering the world for the better.

In How to Change the World, author David Bornstein presents short biographies of ordinary citizens who have cared enough to actually go out and change what is wrong in society. The nine stories of social entrepreneurs or innovators, dubbed 'transformative forces' by the author, have the power to inspire readers to want to do something. The fine examples of social entrepreneurship within the pages of this book make one realize that there is hope for the planet after all.

To quote Bornstein, "Across the world, social entrepreneurs are demonstrating new approaches to many social ills and new models to create social wealth, promote social well-being, and restore the environment." What is tremendously energizing is that so many of these change agents already exist and are moving mountains for you and me, and for our children.

The major contribution of the book is that it underlines that one doesn't have to be rich or powerful to alter the current reality. What is required is to feel empathy and concern in high doses, and to recognize and understand a problem. The stories trace how, if one is sufficiently charged, creative ideas for 'getting around' problem areas -- be it public apathy or bureaucratic indifference -- flow naturally. The hallmark of a true social entrepreneur really shines through at the next stage, when these ideas are converted into reality.

For Bornstein, these illuminating stories are merely the fireworks display. What he goes on to do is to distill for us the factors that ensure success of any venture -- the do's, the don't's, the must-watch-out-for's, the how-to's. Everything that you ever needed to know about entrepreneuring, but didn't know where to start, is in here. What is the citizen sector and what have been its achievements thus far? What are the qualities of successful social entrepreneurs? What is so cutting-edge about their work that makes their strategy stand apart? Are they really effecting a systems change as against providing band-aid? What are the Four Practices of innovative organizations? Whom do you turn to if you want to become a social entrepreneur?

Bornstein attempts to answer all these, and more. For the very first time ever, we have been given a viable, highly sophisticated blueprint for pattern-changing social action. Bornstein has done the world a service by putting this into the easy reach of anyone who has a conscience.

Policy makers should make note of the book as it offers insights on how to look at problems and problem solving. It is particularly enlightening to note that all the social entrepreneurs in the book have facilitated some form of cross-sectoral partnership, be it with municipal-level governing bodies, state-level government departments, or businesses.

The book also spotlights win-win models of strategic convergence between social good and businesses. Original and ingenious examples of the entrepreneurship process, and its effectiveness of strategy, could serve the business sector well.

For academia, the book throws up diverse areas of social and economic concern that beg a relook and analysis.

The media, saturated as it is with reports of a world gone horribly wrong, could infuse fresh hope and energy with incisive stories on the work of social entrepreneurs.

And for young people, who hold the keys to the world's future, this book is a must-read. At an age when cynicism is almost a virtue, it will inspire them, and hammer home the realization that there is an alternative route to getting meaning from life. By changing others' lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compendium of social change initiatives
This book is a wonderful collection of stories about social entrepreneurs who were able to effect a change in their communities. Though not always 100% succesful, their stories illustrate that business, government, and social concerns do not have to be at odds with each other and in fact, they can often complement each other to bring about a greater good. For those in a corporate or academic setting, the chapters from this book could easily be excerpted and used as case studies for your organization. Highly recommended! If you liked this book, you should also read "Banker to the Poor" by Muhammad Yunus.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want real change in the world or your life, read this
David Bornstein's book How to Change the World is worth reading if you
a) prefer action instead of stagnancy
b) prefer good solutions instead of persisting problems
c) prefer justice and opportunity instead of poverty and neglect, or,
d) prefer good writing, period.

Bornstein accurately writes, "Anyone who has ever dreamt of solving a problem or making a positive change in his or her environment will find encouraging and instructive stories here." He takes us around the world to visit social entrepreneurs and find out what makes these people tireless fighters for their causes.

Each profile is like an episode of VH1's Driven - we see what inspires these people, how they overcome obstacles, and why they succeed - but instead of following a pop star to a record deal and a fleet of Escalades, we watch social entrepreneurs achieve rights for people with disabilities, compassionate home care for HIV / AIDS patients, and electricity for the rural poor. Unlike celebrities or CEOs, these folks have no interest in fame and fortune. We are lucky indeed that Bornstein has taken it upon himself to describe their efforts; they are far too busy pursuing their dreams of a better world to stop and promote themselves. Many advocate endlessly for their causes, but as Bornstein points out, they have in common a willingness to work quietly, to share credit, and to plow through their own savings and time to make progress. Social entrepreneurs have a greater attachment to finding solutions than to being right, rich, or recognized.

These and other common traits are highlighted throughout the book. We see that social entrepreneurs don't start with the perfect plan, they just have a complete commitment to solving a problem. Like a river they flow around obstacles of status quo, regulations, lack of funding, program design flaws, and changing needs, always adjusting and maneuvering to still reach their goals.

The book is especially appropriate now because:

1) Many people are questioning their ability to create change. No matter what your political leanings, it is easy to feel far from positions of power and authority. These profiles demonstrate that there is no stopping the power of a good idea in the hands of a passionate individual. Javed Abidi spent a year and a half lobbying for legislation that would ensure the rights of people with disabilities in India. With three days left of the government's session, the political parties were at an impasse. Abidi organized a protest of 300 people, got media attention, met with leaders, and the bill was signed into law. Abidi said, "India is a country where rallies of hundreds of thousands of people are not uncommon. Here was just a handful of people. But because they didn't stay home, it happened." Because Abidi called them, they didn't stay home.

2) Many people question the meaning and richness of their lives and careers. For people who are looking for a more rewarding and fulfilling sector, there is endless opportunity in being or supporting a social entrepreneur. Jeroo Billimoria was headed for a career in accounting, but when her father died she rethought her plan and moved into social work. Billimoria started Childline, a toll-free number that street kids in India can call for help. Former street kids answer the phones (learning skills through the work) and connect those in trouble with the agencies that can help them. Childline gets 1.5 million calls a year, and is spreading to 57 cities, and now, internationally. You could be another Jeroo Billimoria. Or one of the social workers who helped her. Or an employee who works in her program. Or a politician who is spreading her ideas. Or a donor who is funding them.

3) Many people are more aware of global problems. It's easy to get depressed upon realizing the widespread poverty, disease, and disadvantages that are so pronounced in the developing world. And it's easy to get even more depressed when you see that well-funded, top-down, international aid programs aren't really working. This book doesn't overwhelm with bleak statistics, but instead makes you realize that there are people with answers. You can be one of them, or you can help one of them, and that will make the difference. The book shows that this is a global phenomenon, and one that can be nurtured by global communication and access. Veronica Khosa didn't set out to change healthcare of AIDS patients globally. She wanted to help those who were not receiving treatment in her township in South Africa. Her homecare model was spotted by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS, and is now being supported and replicated.

For those who are looking for real change, Bornstein offers this: "One of the most important things that can be done to improve the state of the world is to build a framework of social and economic supports to multiply the number and the effectiveness of the world's social entrepreneurs." The first step is to get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A welcome explanation of revolutionary ideas
David Bornstein's new book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas offers a superb introduction to the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship, which has gained prominence in the past two decades but is still awkwardly explained. Rather than group radically different projects under the umbrella term "social entrepreneurship," Bornstein goes to the root and describes what makes a social entrepreneur. While well-known figures such as Florence Nightingale and Unicef head James P. Grant are described, most of the individuals profiled in the book are active, independent entrepreneurs found through the network resources of Bill Drayton's organization Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Ashoka has broke new ground as a venture capital firm for social betterment, investing in carefully selected individuals and projects that promise long-term, sustainable returns - that is, positive social change - and more than any other organization promoting the ideas of social entrepreneurship around the globe.

It is telling that, on the surface, the entrepreneurs described have little in common. Vera Cordeiro, for example, grew up comfortably in the pampered upper strata of Brazilian society, while AIDS worker Veronica Khosa was orphaned at an early age in an impoverished village in South Africa. Fábio Rosa is a born tinkerer and engineer who built dams and irrigation systems in his backyard as a child, while Erzébet Szekeres was a mid-level tradesswoman who never considered the changing Hungary's treatment of the disabled until the birth of her disabled son. The variety of conditions and approaches Bornstein describes may appear bewildering at first, but in fact this breadth is perhaps most effectively drives the book's point home: Bornstein highlights the lateral thinking and tenacity of the entrepreneurs, who recognized and devoted themselves to solving problems others did not even acknowledge. Most of the entrepreneurs arrived at their methodologies through trial and error, never realizing at the time that others were engaged in analogous work in vastly disparate fields.

Many entrepreneurs conceive of projects in modular or franchise terms, eschewing top-down fixes by fiat. Creating a hotline and crisis center for street children in India and promoting rural electricity and irrigation in Brazil have little in common, but both Jeroo Billimoria and Fábio Rosa saw that sustainable, long-term solutions would have to incorporate local interests and involvement. In this way projects can maintain core principles while adapting to local circumstances and needs, and entrepreneurs who struggle for years with a particular local problem hammer out a replicable and portable model that spreads quickly. The results surprise Bornstein himself on occasion:

"When I read about [Tomasz] Sadowski's work, my first thought was that Ashoka had made a mistake. If ever there was an idea that was destined to remain local, this was it. How many stable, self-managed, partially self-supporting homes made up of former prison inmates, alcoholics, and homeless people can you have?

"The answer, as of early 2003, was twenty and counting."

Bornstein's writing is brisk and energetic, using a wry wit to strike a fine balance between the gravity of the work and the infectious energy of the entrepreneurs. This style of writing befits the entrepreneurs themselves, who do not dress up their language in niceties when bluntness is more effective. The reader is struck with both admiration and amusement, for example, reading how Indian disability activist Javed Abidi took advantage of physicist Stephen Hawking's visit to India to excoriate the government's reluctance to promote widespread disability access.

"I would be absolutely grateful to Dr. Hawking," Abidi told reporters, "if he would want to go to different parts of Delhi, like Janpath, Connaught Place, the public loo, and to any of the government offices or shopping centers and hotels and embarrass the authorities."

In this way the book avoids the pitfalls of excess piety and preachiness and instead reads like a collection of exciting and incredible life stories. Bornstein wisely lets the entrepreneurs' works and words speak for themselves whenever possible, and thus the book feels genuinely moving and inspirational rather than overwrought.

I would recommend this book to anyone involved in policy-making or curious about the global potential of individual action. The ideas discussed in the book appear to be gaining momentum on a global scale, not merely that social entrepreneurship is an idea whose time has come, but because selfless and driven social entrepreneurs are bringing the idea to our time. ... Read more


9. Grants, Etc. : Originally published as Grantmanship and Fund Raising
by Armand Lauffer
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-14)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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Has your program suffered from a lack of funding? Do you find that your fund-raising efforts are not yielding a healthy share of the resource pie? In Grants, Etc., Second Edition Armand Lauffer offers concrete evidence that the resources are out thereùyou just have to know where to find them and how. He emphasizes methods of expanding what has been viewed as a finite pool of resources by detailing innovative ways of targeting markets and aligning program goals. He also provides specific guidelines for writing grant proposals, designing sound programs, developing and nurturing resources, and other key aspects of winning in the game of fund-raising. Through case illustrations, Lauffer spotlights grant seekers who share inspirational wisdom and the nuts and bolts of their success. But this is not just a how-to book. Lauffer is a serious student of the nonprofit and public sectors who documents changes in the funding environment and identifies trends in the making, highlighting those that involve the private sector as well as religious and civic organizations. Through scores of examples he spotlights the innovations in funding and fund-raising that are likely to characterize funding patterns in the early part of the 21st century. Grants, Etc. includes a step-by-step checklist of project design essentials as well as a new section on Internet access filled with key website links and information on creating your own web page. The wide range of examples provided in this book make it an invaluable guide for fund seekers of all kindsùnonprofits in the human services, health care, education, and the arts, as well as for-profit proprietary firms that depend on grants and contracts for their survival and growth. ... Read more


10. Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign: The New, Revised and Expanded Edition of the Leading Guide to Planning and Implementing a Capital Campaign
by Kent E.Dove, Kent E. Dove
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Asin: 0787949892
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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"This book is highly recommended for development professionals, as well as board members and administrators who believe that a few million can easily be raised by development personnel in their spare time."--National Society of Fund Raising Executives Journal on the 1st edition

Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign has been the definitive resource on capital campaigns for a decade. Now, in the long-awaited second edition of the best-selling guide, Kent Dove offers an updated and expanded blueprint for planning and managing a successful capital campaign. He not only gives authoritative guidance to every aspect of a capital campaign but also provides new discussions on such important topics as linking strategic planning to fundraising, conducting external market surveys, defining leadership roles, establishing a campaign and solicitation process, and more. Other enhancements include:

  • A dramatically expanded resource section that includes samples of a strategic plan, market surveys, case statements, financial reports, pledge forms, newsletters, program brochures, a complete volunteer kit, and a post-campaign evaluation
  • New chapters on technology in fundraising, leadership gifts, and developing lasting relationships with donors
  • Updated examples and real-world lessons from diverse organizations that have conducted their own capital campaigns
  • The Dove Preparedness Index (DPI), a unique measurement tool that helps organizations simply and accurately assess their readiness to embark on a capital campaign
  • The new Continuous Lifetime Giving Program Model, including an analytical and segmented marketing approach to its implementation
  • A modernized version of the 80/20 rule, addressing the size and number of gifts that are needed to conduct a successful capital campaign
Packed with checklists, formulas, and tables, Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign is sure to make difference in your capital campaign. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Useful but disappointing
Although there is useful information in this book, I found it disappointing compared with the recommendations that I read.

Part 1, which is about 200 pages, is the text of the book and covers planning and implementing your campaign. Part 2 which is about 300 pages is a collection of about 35 sample documents.

I found the text, which included chapters by other authors, rambling and verbose, giving lists of functions and lists of alternatives without reaching conclusions. I skimmed this part and found little worth reading carefully. (In contrast, I just read Tony Poderis concise and excellent "Its A Great Day to Fundraise" from cover to cover.) The author attempts an academic approach, with unhelpful citations. Examples of somewhat useful items were an outline of a case statement and examples of gift charts.

Particularly weak was a chapter entitled "Technology in Fundraising" which claimed that it was about the single most important support factor in fundraising. We learn that we need a broad team to select this technology; that we need to attend user groups of the system we are considering; that we need to meet current users; that we need to test the system at our site; that the system should be easy to support; that to install the system we need leadership, time, funding, involvement, communication, expertise, testing, training, defined reports, standards, process, etc.; and on and on and on with more generalities. We are NOT told what it is reasonable to expect such a system to do, what features have proved useful, or any other specific information that someone who had actually used such a system might provided.

The sample documents, which were largely from an Indiana University campaign, struck me as examples that I would not want to follow, although I found some useful items.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for all fund raisers
I have been fundraising for over 8 years, primarily for higher education, and have run 3 successful campaigns, so I thought I knew nearly everything about doing it. This book, however, brought new insights, advice, suggestions and examples on how to do it better.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who is serious about fundraising. I have put it on my recommended reading list for my current office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Churches, Too
I have recommended this book to my fellow church leaders--men and women--of many denominations. Too often churches feel their situations are "different" than those of other nonprofits when it comes to fundraising. On the contrary, the techniques are precisely the same. Church leaders would be well-advised to obtain this book for their church library. It is the bible of capital campaigns for all nonprofits. Valuable details on every aspect of planning as well as identifying, cultivating, and asking prospective volunteers and donors for their help. Get it and use it! ... Read more


11. Private Foundations : Tax Law and Compliance (Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series)
by Bruce R.Hopkins, JodyBlazek
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-25)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Private foundations are a special niche of the nonprofit sector. They are allowed to remain relatively tax-exempt in exchange for supporting charitable activities. There are more than 50,000–and growing–private foundations in the United States holding assets worth more than $230 billion. Private foundations are subject to a unique and complex set of (mostly tax) regulations that govern everything from how much money they give away to their investment policies and procedures.This much needed, annually updated manual explicates a wide range of tax rules and regulations for these foundations and prepares them for the increasing scrutiny of the IRS. Co-authored by a lawyer and tax accountant, the revised and expanded second edition of this highly respected guide includes practical tax compliance suggestions and in-depth legal explanations, line-by-line instructions, sample-filled IRS forms, and complete citations. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Must Have if considering your own foundation
This book comes with a hefty price - I was hesitant. If you are considering the establishment of your own private foundation, this book is a must. It is fairly heavy with the legaleze, but required when considering the thorough discussions of establishing and maintaining a foundation with respect to the applicable IRS tax code. Each topic is documented and sample tax forms are illustrated. Highly recommended - needs to be a little more user friendly for the 5th star. ... Read more


12. Grant Application Writer's Handbook
by Liane, Ph.D. Reif-Lehrer
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Catlog: Book (2004-09)
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
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Grant Application Writer's Handbook, Fourth Edition, addresses the key points in developing grant proposals in a hands-on, step-by-step method, with sample forms and tips for getting approved and funded. Both first-time grant seekers, and those who have already attempted to get funding can benefit from the wealth of updated information regarding the grant application process, including funding sources and newly instituted electronic submission guidelines. A prolific contributor to scientific literature, and a national consultant on the grant application process, author Dr. Liane Reif-Lehrer uses her extensive experience to present the general concepts that will help the reader write a good grant proposal or research paper efficiently.

Having spent much of her academic career funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), and with the additional experience serving as a member of an NIH Study Section, she guides the reader through those questions that successful grant-getters must answer before writing a grant application, and presents a sequence of steps that help optimize success in obtaining funding. With her personal experience with the NIH, Dr. Reif-Lehrer understands the review process, and discusses the common elements that many funding agencies want, in order to ensure their money is well invested and will get the best possible return. ... Read more


13. The Foundation Directory 2004 (Foundation Directory)
by David G. Jacobs, Fondation Center
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14. Preparing Your Capital Campaign: An Excellence in Fund Raising Workbook Series publication
by Marilyn Bancel, The Fund Raising School
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"Marilyn Bancel has written a highly accessible, readable guide to a very complex process, which is no mean feat. Even if you have been through a capital campaign before and think you're ready-and especially if you're new to the capital campaign process-read it! Preparing Your Capital Campaign provides valuable insights and practical planning tools that will bolster your capacity to take on a campaign's challenge."
--Clara Miller, president, Nonprofit Finance Fund

In this hands-on workbook, fund raising expert Marilyn Bancel shows you how to prepare your organization to embark on a successful capital campaign, detailing each step that must be taken before the launch.

Preparing Your Capital Campaign--part of the Excellence in Fund Raising Workbook Series--breaks down the preparation stage into practical, manageable parts, outlining in straightforward language such essentials as creating a campaign timetable, setting up the campaign committee, determining a campaign goal, and getting the whole organization ready for a fund raising drive. Packed with useful resources, this nuts-and-bolts workbook includes a campaign skills checklist, strategies for estimating fund raising costs, a sample campaign budget, and a list of Web sites tailored to the specific needs of fund raisers.

If you are brand-new to fund raising, the book offers a concise introductory chapter that lays out the basics and answers the key questions about capital campaigns. More experienced fund raisers will benefit from a wealth of reminders for avoiding common mistakes and a framework for staying focused on the factors that are most important for success. Preparing Your Capital Campaign will show you how to make the most of this critical fund raising strategy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A needed tool for anyone thinking about a campaign
Bancel lays out the information an aorganization needs in order to have a successful campaign. Before the case statement, before the quiest phase, even before the vote to have a campaign, Bancel focuses on the people, donors, staff and budget you need.
A worthwhile book. Get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for fundraisers
Ms. Bancel does an amazing job of leading the novice -- or even the not-so-novice -- fundraiser through a step-by-step process of preparing for that daunting event that every successful non-profit must eventually face: the capital campaign. Few books of this type are as pragmatic, and none have the carefully crafted, detailed "how-to" advice that Ms. Bancel provides... ... Read more


15. Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment, 2nd Edition
by Kay SprinkelGrace
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
Publisher: Wiley
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Do you or your volunteers fear rejection or feel like a beggar when fundraising? Do you worry about soliciting donors too often? Are you tired of the relentless cycle of fundraising activities necessary to generate revenues for your programs?

Beyond Fundraising: New Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation and Investment, Second Edition dispels these concerns and helps you:

  • Learn how to position your organization in the community as a constructive, vital, and successful social investment
  • Develop an investor relationship with donors and engage their values-based commitment capacity to make a difference in their communities

In this revised and updated Second Edition, fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace presents her internationally field-tested core beliefs, principles, and strategies for developing long-term relationships with donor-investors and volunteers. Share in the wisdom and experience that have helped countless nonprofit organizations grow their base of support and go beyond fundraising into true donor and fund development. ... Read more


16. The Art of Planned Giving : Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving (Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series)
by Douglas E.White
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"A unique book with a unique approach, this is destined to become a classic." —Charitable Gift Planning News

In this deeply humane and informative book, Douglas White deftly weaves together personal insight and level-headed advice in a probing look at the human side of planned giving. He helps you understand, develop, and use the interpersonal skills that are an essential part of every successful planned giving officer's art.

White provides practical answers to such crucial questions as: How do I successfully approach a prospect for a planned gift? What are the steps to building a prospect's trust and instilling a sense of mission? How can I tell if I'm being too aggressive—or not aggressive enough? How do I handle a donor's lawyer and other advisors who don't support the gift?

Tracing the entire process of acquiring a planned gift from the first phone call to managing the gift's assets, White offers many helpful pointers on how to deal with donors, their families, and their professional advisors, as well as executive directors and board members within your organization. He also helps you translate technical knowledge into planned gifts that are better for both donors and charities.

The first book to take you beyond the mere mechanics and into the very soul of planned giving, The Art of Planned Giving is an important working resource for planned giving officers, fund-raising professionals and consultants, as well as nonprofit executives and board members. ... Read more


17. The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success: A Mission-Based Guide to Achieving Your Goals (Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)
by MalWarwick, Mal Warwick
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In this practical and engaging guide, top fundraising consultant Mal Warwick introduces an entirely new and revolutionary approach to fundraising strategy and planning. He shows nonprofit organizations how to set fundraising goals based on mission and how to select, implement, and stay with the right strategies to meet those goals. His five fundamental fundraising strategies are Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency, and Stability (GIVES), all of which link directly to specific and appropriate fundraising goals. The decision as to which strategy to use springs from the organization's mission, and all fundraising activities are focused on fulfilling that mission.

Through real-world examples, Warwick shows readers how to choose a primary strategy that will drive both long-term fundraising planning and day-to-day fundraising activities. He then takes them step by step through the process of integrating the strategy into current operations, evaluating its progress, and sticking to the chosen strategy while facing the inevitable changes, obstacles, and setbacks that nonprofits encounter every day. He also provides self-tests to help readers determine which strategy and tactics will be most effective for their organizations. The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success ensures that organizations make informed, productive decisions about their futures. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Raising Money? Start here!
I'm using this book as a crutch in my volunteer activities with a local non-profit. It's excellently written and helps as a primer for both the strategic and tactical parts of our efforts. I highly recommended as a starting point and a reference for any individual or group that is looking for a good framework to help approach the highly-complex and difficult world of getting the fuel to make a non-profit successful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Five Strategies
The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series adds another excellent resource with the publication of Mal Warwick's book, The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success: A mission-based guide to achieving your goals.

The central thesis of this nearly 300-page volume is that the way you raise funds for your organization can help you achieve your mission. Warwick finds that too often organizations tie their fund raising to short-term, fiscal year goals that require fund raisers to "get the money in the door now" rather than taking the time to cultivate donors for larger, future gifts.

In The Five Strategies, Warwick introduces the reader to the GIVES System, a method for analyzing, planning and evaluating an organization's fundraising strategy. The strategies are: Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency and Stability, hence GIVES.

In discussing Growth as a fundraising strategy, Warwick is not focusing on raising more money per se, but rather on broadening the donor base, having more donors next year than this year, and still more the year after that. A Growth strategy, according to this book, is dynamic and is characterized by audacious goals, bold leadership and low entry-level gifts.

Involvement as a strategy takes organizations beyond seeking gifts from donors to building stronger relationships with them. When supporters are active and committed, organizations can raise far more money. Organizations for whom public opinion is crucial are encouraged to adopt a Visibility strategy. Characteristics of the strategy are broad public interest, many stakeholders and brand identification.

Raising money at the lowest possible cost per dollar raised is the key to an Efficiency strategy. Planned giving, major gift programs, foundation and corporate grant solicitation and monthly giving are among the tactics that can be employed in an efficiency strategy. Warwick warns, however, that efficiency isn't always the best approach. A careful analysis of the organization's strategic choices is required.

Endurance is the core attribute of the Stability strategy. Among the tactics that can be used in a stability strategy are to build an endowment fund; employ electronic funds transfer (EFT) for fulfillment of donor pledges and engage in diversified fundraising activities.

Selecting a strategy must take into account the life cycle of the development program, the age of the organization, or both. For each of the five strategies, Warwick provides several real-life examples, not all of them success stories. This is very helpful for understanding how it might work and in identifying potential pitfalls. Warwick points out that a single strategy is not likely to remain appropriate for all time for any given organization.

The book provides details on how to pick the right strategy for your organization, common obstacles to implementing the strategies, what fundraising tactics will work with each strategy and how to evaluate your strategies.

My only disagreement with Warwick is in his definitions of vision and mission. He defines vision as why your organization exists and mission as what it does. I see the mission as clarification of purpose and an indicator of why the organization is doing what it does, while vision is what the organization aspires to look like after it succeeds in implementing its strategies and achieving its potential. That difference of opinion aside, I think the book is a wonderful resource for everyone involved in the fundraising effort, from CEO's to development officers to board members to donors themselves.

Warwick's previous books have been related to direct response fundraising and most are "How-To" books. If you are looking for a book that provides a formula or set of instructions, The Five Strategies is not it. What you will find in this book, however, is a way to think strategically about your fundraising efforts. Mal Warwick's hope with The Five Strategies is that he can help those who work for and on behalf of not-for-profit organizations understand the consequences of the resource allocation choices they face and do a better job raising money for a sector that never has enough. ... Read more


18. Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House
by Larry Haun, Vincent Laurence, Tim Snyder, Millard Fuller
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Asin: 1561585327
Catlog: Book (2002-08-10)
Publisher: Taunton Press
Sales Rank: 25708
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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The world-famous volunteer organization Habitat for Humanity now offers its best nuts-and-bolts expertise in an easy-to-follow home construction handbook. Whether the reader contemplates building his or her own house or plans on volunteering to build for others, Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House delivers on the promise of its title. Step-by-step instructions by author and veteran crew supervisor Larry Haun are provided in plain, simple English, with lots of encouragement and no condescension to beginners. Practically every page contains an extra "helping hand" tip on materials, tools, building codes, or safety precautions. In hundreds of color photographs and black-and-white line drawings, the book follows the construction of a single house--from choosing its location to the final step of installing its exterior door locks. Reassuring personal stories from Habitat volunteers are scattered throughout, along with confidence-inspiring promises from the author such as "building a simple house is not a mystery."

Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat, has written a foreword to this book, and a percentage of the book's proceeds will be donated to the organization to help build more homes. Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, has built more than 100,000 affordable houses throughout the world. --Judy Fireman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Can you build your own house? Read this book to find out.
I have a basic knowlege of framing and what goes into building a house, but I was very concerned about getting the steps right and I wanted to make sure I knew how things went together. After reading this book I feel I am ready to get started. It takes you step by step through the building process. Everything was very easy to follow and the pictures and drawings were great. After reading it you will know if you have the ability to do this on your own. If you are confused or scared about framing a house after reading this, you really shouldn't try it on your own.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK if you want to learn about plumbing or electrical, or if you are building a really complex custom home. This doesn't even really cover two story homes, and barely covers basements. What I found it very useful for is foundations and framing. It is the best one I have seen so far on these subjects. The book goes beyond framing and covers subjects like roofing and sheetrock also. A ton of great info for a small price.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best book I found on the subject
This book is one of the best yet simple books I found on the subject. The book contains numerous pictures and step-by-step explanations of every single aspect of building simple homes. For someone new trying to get into the subject this would be a superb choice to start out with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb, well detailed walkthrough
This is easily the best book I've read on this subject. Written by a carpenter with many decades of practical home building experience to share, and profusely illustrated with hundreds of high resolution color photographs, the book is an absolute goldmine of practical information. What I particularly enjoyed was the clarification of carpenters terms - I had always thought that a keel was part of a boat; I now know that the term is also used to refer to a carpenters crayon. The same clarification takes place in hundreds of areas throughout the book, and never in a condescending manner. Cripples, studs, shims, faceplates, heels... all are explained, clearly and intelligently. Also included are innumerable time saving tips, examples of small jigs and tools you can build for yourself that will save you time and effort, and instructions on how to do simple things like check a foundation for squareness, or use a water level properly.

The book is also a wonderful ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. What better way to develop your homebuilding skills, than to volunteer your time helping someone to realize their dreams? They get a home; you get an education; everyone wins.

About the only things I would add to this book would be a couple of pages of sample blueprints to better illustrate the Habitat for Humanity concept of small, sensible homes. (Habitat for Humanity apparently has a wide variety of plans available, but they are not in this book.) I would also have liked a chapter on landscaping; but to be fair, landscaping really does fall beyond the scope of the book.

The general philosophy of the book is to build a sensible home, rather than an ostentateous one; to make it warm, comfortable and functional, rather than glitzy and faddy. This frequently means small, well built, well thought out, and well insulated. The book promotes standard carpentry techniques - there are no rammed earth walls, or straw bale construction - but the philosophy of sensible and practical construction is always in the background.

I'm not a professional homebuilder, so I cannot tell you what this book lacks. I can tell you that it gave me exactly what I was looking for - an in depth, step by step, blow by blow account of how to build a home, right from dirt to shingles. There's an awful lot to like in this book, and I recommend it highly. I cannot think of any other single book out there that covers so much ground, and does so in such a clear and well illustrated manner. When you have finished reading it, you'll be much wiser - and much more confident.

If you're thinking of building your own home, put this book on your 'must have' list. It's a fantastic resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
This book really teaches without confusing. Its an enjoyable book and I've learned tons about the basic steps and concepts of home building from the ground up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Novice Builders
I liked this book and feel I could build a small house after reading it. The information is perfect for someone interested in Habitat for Humanity: you'll instantly be an asset to any building project. The side vignettes give nice background on Habitat's mission and the experiences of volunteer workers. I was also drawn to the common sense building approach throughout: we simplify our lives and save lots of money by building "decent, affordable" homes.

Each page is packed with photos and sidebars. This makes for visual interest, but more diagrams or sketches would have been useful as well. The essential book, which covers the building techniques of this book plus others (such as plumbing, heating, and electrical) remains Nash's Do-It-Yourself Housebuilding. ... Read more


19. Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results
by Patricia Rich, Dana Hines
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Asin: 0834219719
Catlog: Book (2002-06-21)
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Sales Rank: 350161
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for membership staff!
Excellent resource. Covers all the issues revolving around membership programs. Lots of specifics, examples and ideas;
for membership staff, boards, and executives. Fills a major need for specific ways to carryout and improve membership programs. Great to have input from experts on a subject that so many non-profits grabble with everyday. Covers such essential membership topics as planning, membership and fund-raising, getting and keeping members, volunteers, the internet. Also helpful examples:
of worksheets, budgets, and helpful case studies, plus software information.
Truly "an action plan for results." Recommended highly. ... Read more


20. Planning & Implementing your major gifts campaign
by SuzanneIrwin-Wells, Suzanne Irwin-Wells
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Asin: 0787957089
Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Sales Rank: 164261
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Planning and Implementing Your Major Gifts Campaign is part of the Excellence in Fund Raising workbook series. This much-needed guide is designed to help fund raisers demystify the process of major gifts fund raising and conduct a major gifts campaign that will get results. Using an accessible workbook format, Suzanne Irwin-Wells, a well-respected fund raising expert, shows step by step how to identify prospects, select and train volunteers, increase the confidence of solicitors, and plan and implement an effective major gifts campaign. The book is filled with helpful worksheets, checklists, and real-life examples. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I wanted to know about major gifts in one book.
I read this terrific workbook in one sitting - it is very readable, interesting and well-designed. The worksheets are very clear and practical. I can't wait to put the tips and information into practice. I learned a lot and I feel inspired. I know I'll be referring to this book continuously. Major gifts fundraising doesn't seem quite so intimidating now! ... Read more


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