The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a summer reading list for books on non-profit management.
Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker.
Engine of Impact identifies seven essential components of strategic leadership. Nonprofits who need help with financial support can apply these methods to set themselves apart from other nonprofits in the sector. Meehan and Jonker created a guide that anyone in the nonprofit sector can use to increase their performance and results.
Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr.
John Doerr describes how the goal-setting system of objectives and key results has benefited big-name technology companies such as Google. This system has everyone’s goals, from entry-level to executive level, so the entire organization can see them. You want to define what you seek to achieve, how you will attain it, and what actions need to be taken in a set time frame.
New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World — and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.
Heimans and Timms discuss the differences between “old power” and “new power.” There have been many peer-driven movements in this decade and it has created a new sense of power in the world. Heimans and Timms explain how to build on this new power and be able to channel it successfully, along with the negative effects that could arise.
Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference by Kathleen Kelly Janus.
Janus researched properties of what makes a startup succeed or fail. She developed a survey which was distributed to more than 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs. Social Startup Success discusses her findings for the masses of entrepreneurs that are working for social good.
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison.
Thirst follows Scott Harrison through his life changes and finding his true calling by creating Charity: Water. He discusses the ups and downs of founding a charity and inspires people to join his cause. All the proceeds of Thirst will go to fund Charity: Water projects around the world.