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The following publications and websites provide, in the author’s view, good general reading to think about various aspects of the nonprofit world.

Books, Reports & Presentations

Lester M. Salamon, Helmut K. Anheier, Regina List, Stefan Teopler, S. Wojciech Sokolowski and Associates, Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the NonProfit Sector (The Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, Kumarian Press, 1999)

Lester M. Salamon, Civil Society and the New Governance (UN DPI/NGO Conference, 2006)

Bill Clinton, Giving: How Each of Us can Change the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)

Harvard Business Review on Nonprofits (Harvard Business School Press, 1999)

The Nonprofit Sector, A Research Handbook, 2nd edition, Edited by Water W. Powell and Richard Steinberg, (Yale Press, 2006)

Magazines & Journals

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published quarterly by Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Social Space published annually by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review published quarterly by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Nonprofit Quarterly published quarterly by the Nonprofit Information Networking Association

Websites / Electronic Newsletters

Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Bridgespan Group

Charity Watch

Faces of Philanthropy

Forbes (billionaires list)


National Council for Voluntary Organizations


Slate (Philanthropy series)

Young Foundation

Specific Topics

In addition to the articles cited in the respective chapters, the following publications are recommended by the author for the topics covered in Doing Good Well.

0. Introduction (Of Paradigms and Doing Good)
Joel Barker, Paradigms: The Business of Discovering The Future (Harper Business, 1992)

1. The Nonprofit Marketplace (The Missing Hand of Adam Smith)
Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (Hayes Barton Press)

2. Informed Giving (The Visible Hand of the Donor)
Informed Giving: Ensuring Charities Inform Donors (Institute of Public Affairs, October 2004)
  The Donor Bill of Rights (Association for Fundraising Professionals)

3. Nonprofit Governance (Who Governs a Nonprofit, Really?)
John Carver with Caroline Oliver, Corporate Boards That Create Value (Jossey-Bass, John Wiley & Sons, 2002)
  Richard Chait, William Ryan & Barbara Taylor, Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)
  Over KIaler attorneys at law, The Nonprofit Legal Landscape (BoardSource, 2005)

4. Regulation (Black Box Or Glass House?)
Private Action, Public Benefit. A Review of Charities and the Wider Not-For-Profit Sector (Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom, September 2002)
  Eric Mercer, Online Compendium of Federal and State Regulations for U.S. Nonprofit organizations

5. NonProfit Mission (Endgame: Extinction)
Chris Zook, Bain & Company, Inc, Beyond The Core: Expand your market without abandoning your roots (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2003)
  Janel M. Radtke, How to Write a Mission Statement. Excerpt from Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations (John Wiley & Sons, 1998)

6. Reserves (The Problem of Plenty)
RS3 – Charity Reserves (Charity Commission for England and Wales, March 2003)
  RS13 - Tell It Like It Is: The extent of charity reserves and reserves policies (Charity Commission for England and Wales, November 2006)
  Kathryn Miree, Intent in Testamentary Gifts: Legal Lessons and Practical Advice (Kathryn W. Miree & Associates, Inc, May 2008)
  William A Rusher, Keeping Faith: Donor Intent in the 21st Century (The Claremont Institute, 2004)

7. Staff Compensation (Heart Work, Less Pay)
NPTimes Salary Survey 2008 (The Nonprofit Times, 2008)

8. Corporate Social Responsibility (Is the Business of Business just Business?)
Raising the Bar: Creating Value with the UN Global Compact, Edited by Claude Fussler, Aron Cramer & Sebastian van der Veqt (UN, June 2004)
  Marc Benioff & Karen Southwick, Compassionate Capitalism: How Corporations Can Make Doing Good an Integral Part of Doing Well (Career Press, 2004)
  Kenny Bruno & Joshua Karliner, Earth Summit.Biz: The Corporate Takeover of Sustainable Development (Food First Books, 2002)
  Joel Balkan, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (Free Press, 2004)
  Marjorie Kelly & Allen White, Corporate Design: The Missing Business and Public Policy Issue of Our Time (Tellus Institute, November 2007)

9. The Charity Quotient (How Charitable are You, Truly?)
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism, (Signet, 1964).
  Giving USA 2008, The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2007, (Giving USA Foundation, researched and written by the Centre on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 2008)
  Joe Saxton, Michele Madden, Chris Greenwodd & Brian Garvey, The 21st Century Donor (nfpSynergy, September 2007).
  Russ Alan Prince and Karen Maru File, The Seven Faces of Philanthropy (The AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series, 1994)

10. Planned Giving (Raising Money from the Dead)
Robert F. Sharpe, Planned Giving Simplified: The Gift, The Giver and the Gift (John Wiley & Sons, 1998)
  World Wealth Report 2008 (Capgemini and Merrill Lynch, 2008)
  Ten Key Trends in the Legacy Market, (Legacy Foresight, 2007)

11. Elite Giving (Elite or e-Lite Giving?)
Laura Edwards, A bit rich? What the wealthy think about giving (Institute for Public Research, May 2002)
  Robert Frank, Richistan: A journey through the American wealth boom and the lives of the new rich (Crown Publishers, 2007)
  Tracy Gary with Nancy Adess, Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy (Kim Klein’s Chardon Press) (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, 2008)

12. International Giving & NGOs (Charity Without Borders)
The Index of Global Philanthropy (The Hudson Institute, 2006)
  The World Social Forum: Challenging Empires, Edited by Jai  Sen, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar, Peter Waterman (The Viveka Foundation, 2004)
  Financial Action Task Force, OECD, The Financial War on Terrorism(OECD Publishing, 2004)
  Charities in the international context (Canada Revenue Agency, last update 26 May 2007)
  Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Funding Civil Society: Foreign Assistance and NGO Development in Russia (Stanford University Press, 2006)

13. Volunteerism (Free Labor Wanted, but Conditions Apply!)
The State of Giving (National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Singapore, 2005)
  Elisha Evans and Joe Saxton, The 21st Century Volunteer (nfpSynergy, November 2005)
  Giving & Volunteering in the United States (Independent Sector, 2001).

14. Philanthropy (The Second Philanthropic Revolution)
Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (Applewood Books, Inc, 1998( Classics)
  Philanthropy in the 21st Century: The Foundation Centre’s 50th Anniversary Interviews (The Foundation Centre, 2007)
  Defining Virtue: Five Key Elements of Venture Philanthropy and Five Years of Documented Results (Centre for Venture Philanthropy, 2004)
  Michael Edwards, Just Another Emperor: the Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism (Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, and The Young Foundation, 2008)

15. Social Entrepreneurship (Innovating Social Change)
David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2004).
  John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan, The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World (Harvard Business School Press, 2008)
  C.K. Pralahad, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (Wharton School Publishing, 2005)

16. Social Enterprises (Profits for NonProfits)
Report of Social Enterprise Committee (The Social Enterprise Committee, Singapore, 2007)
  Jerr Boschee, The Social Enterprise Sourcebook: Profiles of Social Purpose Businesses Operated by Nonprofit Organizations (Northland Institute, 2001)
  Harriet Skinner Matsaert, The Bangladeshi innovation take-away: How the not for profit sector in Bangladesh is breaking new ground in social entrepreneurship (nfpSynergy, July 2006)
  The Limits of Social Enterprise: A Field Study & Case Analysis (Seedco Policy Centre, June 2007)
  Charles Leadbeater, Social enterprise and social innovation: Strategies for the next ten years (Cabinet Office, Office of the Third Sector, November 2007)

17. The Rich / Poor Divide (For Richer or For Poorer?)
Beth Egan, The Widow’s Might: How charities depend on the poor (Social Market Foundation, December 2001)
  Patterns of Household Charitable Giving by Income Group, 2005 (Google, prepared by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Summer 2007).
  Chris Greenwood, The State of the Third Sector 2007 (nfpSynergy, 2008)

18. Nonprofit Qwerties (Quitting Quirky Quagmires)
Robert McClelland and Pamela Greene, A CBO Paper: The estate tax and charitable giving (Congressional Budget Office, Congress of the United States, July 2004)
  William H. Gates & Chuck Collins, Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America should Tax Accumulated Fortunes (Beacon Press, 2003)
  The Nonprofit Overhead Cost Project. Brief No. 5: The pros and cons of financial efficiency standards (Centre on Nonprofits and Philanthropy of the Urban Institute, and Centre on Philanthropy of the Indiana University, August 2004).

19. Case Study (NKF: The Saga and its Paradigms)
Report on the National Kidney Foundation, Commissioned by the Board of Directors, the National Kidney Foundation (KPMG, 16 December 2005)

20. The Charity Ecosystem (Doing Good Better)
Carol J. De Vita & Cory Fleming, Building Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations (The Urban Institute, 2001)
  The S-curve Concept (Human insight Ltd)