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Board Leadership and Governance

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Follow Them and People Will Follow You, by John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998
  • Am I Liable?  Responsibilities and Liabilities in Texas Nonprofit Organizations, by Glen A Yale, Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas
  • Assessing and Supporting Your Chief Executive, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource, 2009
  • The Best of the Board Café, Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards, by Jan Masaoka, A CompassPoint-Fieldstone Alliance Book, 2003
  • Building the Governance Partnership, The Chief Executive's Guide to Getting the Best from the Board, by Sherill K. Williams and Kathleen A. McGinnis, 2011, BoardSource
  • Extraordinary Board Leadership, The Seven Keys to High-Impact Governance, by Doug Eadie, An Aspen Publication, 2001
  • Chief Executive Succession Planning, Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs, Second Edition, BoardSource, 2010
  • Consider, Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization, by Daniel Patrick Forrester, 2011, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Diversity in Action, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource, 2011
  • Getting on Board with Effective Orientation, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource, 2009
  • Good Governance for Nonprofits, Developing Principles and Policies for an Effective Board, by Fredric Laughlin and Robert C. Andringa, American Management Association, 2007
  • Governance as Leadership, by Chait, Ryan & Taylor, 2005, BoardSource
  • The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance, BoardSource, 2010
  • How Are We Doing? A 1-Hour Guide to Evaluating Your Performance as a Nonprofit Board,  by Gayle L. Gifford, Emerson & Church, 2007
  • Meeting, and Exceeding Expectations, A Guide to Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings, second edition, by Outi Flynn, BoardSource, 2009
  • The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership, by Cathy A. Trower, 2013, Jossey-Bass
  • Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, A Guide for Charities and Foundations, by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector, October 2007
  • The Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice, Independent Sector and BoardSource, 2009
  • Recruiting a Stronger Board, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource, 2009
  • Roberta’s Rules of Order, Who is Robert and Why Do We Still Follow His Rules Anyway? Sail Through Meetings for Stellar Results Without the Gavel, by Alice Collier Cochran, Jossey-Bass, 2004
  • The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want, The Nine Little Things That Matter Most, by June Bradham, CFRE, John Wily & Sons, Inc., 2009
  • The Wisdom of Crowds, Why the Many Are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations, by James Surowiecki, 2004

Capacity Building

  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, Embrace Them and Empower Your Team, by John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001
  • Better Bylaws, Creating Effective Rules for Your Nonprofit Board, Second Edition, BoardSource, 2010
  • Built to Last, Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, HarperBusiness, 1997
  • The Charismatic Organization, 8 Ways to Grow a Nonprofit, by Sagawa & Jospin, Jossey-Bass, 2009
  • Crafting Effective Mission & Vision Statements, by Emil Angelica, FieldStone Alliance, 2001
  • Good to Great, Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Other’s Don’t, by Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, 2001
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors, A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great, by Jim Collins, Jim Collins, 2005
  • Forces for Good, The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, Jossey-Bass, 2008
  • Moving Beyond Founder’s Syndrome to Nonprofit Success, by Thomas A. McLaughlin & Addie Nelson Backlund, BoardSource, 2008
  • The Nonprofit Organizational Culture Guide, Revealing the Hidden Truths that Impact Performance, by Teegarden, Hinden and Sturm, Jossey-Bass, 2011
  • Nonprofit Sustainability, Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman, 2010, Jossey-Bass

Change Management

  • Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge, by Geoffrey M. Bellman, Fireside, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • The Heart of Change, Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations, by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen, Harvard Business School Press, 2002
  • The Heart of Change Field Guide, Tools and Tactics for Leading Change in Your Organization, by Dan S. Cohen, Harvard Business School Press, 2005


  • The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander, Harvard Business School Press, 2000
  • The Back of the Napkin, Expanded Edition, by Dan Roam, Portfolio, 2008
  • Creative Whack Pack, Success Edition, Two Powerful Creative Thinking Tools, by Roger von Oech, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1992
  • Expect the Unexpected or You Won’t Find It, A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus, by Roger von Oech, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2002
  • Imagine, by Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
  • Innovative Whack Pack, 60 Creativity Strategies to Provoke and Inspire Your Thinking, by Roger von Oech, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2003
  • A Kick In The Seat Of The Pants, by Roger von Oech, Harper & Row, 1986
  • Six Thinking Hats, by Edward De Bono, Little, Brown & Company, 1999
  • Unstuck, A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World, by Keith Yamashita & Sandra Spataro, Penguin Group, 2004
  • Unfolding the Napkin, The Hands-on Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures, by Dan Roam, Portfolio, 2009
  • A Whack on the Side of the Head, How You Can Be More Creative, by Roger von Oech, Warner Books, 1990


  • Championship Writing, 50 Ways to Improve Your Writing by America’s Foremost Writing Coach, Paula La Rocque, Marion Street Press, 2000
  • Crucial Conversations, Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler, McGraw-Hill, 2002
  • Every Moment Counts, Communication Habits that Build a Happy Marriage, by Alan Cirlin, Ph. D., Isocratic Press, 2007
  • How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009


  • Doing Right in a Shrinking World, How Corporate America Can Balance Ethics & Profit in a Changing Economy, by Louis DeThomasis & Neal St. Anthony, Greenleaf Book Press, 2006
  • Ethical Fundraising, Janice Gow Petty, Editor, John Wylie & Sons, Inc., 2008
  • Ethics for Fundraisers, by Albert Anderson, Indiana University Press, 1996

Fund Development

  • The Ask, How to Ask for Support for Your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project or Business Venture, by Laura Fredericks,Jossey-Bass, 2010
  • Asking, A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift, by Jerold Panas, Emerson & Church, 2008
  • Big Gifts for Small Groups, A Board Member’s 1-Hour Guide to Securing Gifts of $500 to $5000, by Andy Robinson, Emerson & Church, 2007
  • Beyond Good Company, Next Generation Corporate Citizenship, by Bradley K. Googins, Philip H. Mirvis and Steven A. Rochlin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
  • The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, by Peter F. Drucker, Leader to Leader Institute, Leader-to-Leader Institute, 2008
  • Fundraising Basics, A Complete Guide, Third Edition, by Barbara L. Ciconte & Jeanne G. Jacob, Jones and Bartlett, 2009
  • Fundraising Fitness, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource, 2009
  • Fundraising Mistakes that Bedevil All Boards (and Staff too), A 1-Hour Guide to Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to Your Success, Kay Sprinkel Grace, Emerson & Church Publishers, 2007
  • Fund Raising Realities Every Board Member Must Face, A 1-Hour Crash Course on Raising Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations, by David Lansdowne, Emerson & Church, 2008
  • Keep Your Donors, The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships, by Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
  • RelationShift, Revolutionary Fundraising, by Michael Bassoff & Steve Chandler, Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2001
  • Seven Faces of Philanthropy, by Russ Alan Prince and Karen Maru File, Jossey-Bass
  • The Soul of Money, Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life, by Lynne Twist, W. W. Norton & Company, 2003


  • Beyond Generation X, A Practical Guide for Managers, by Claire Raines, Crisp Learning, 1997
  • Causewired, Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World, by Tom Watson, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009
  • Connecting Generations, The Sourcebook for a New Workplace, by Claire Raines, Crisp Publications, 2003
  • New Voices at the Table, Welcoming the Next Generation of Board Leaders, A BoardSource Toolkit, BoardSource 2011
  • The Xers & The Boomers, From Adversaries to Allies – A Diplomat’s Guide, by Claire Raines & Jim Hunt, Crisp Publications, 2000

Marketing, Message & Case Development

  • The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks and the Answers All Donors Crave, by Harvey McKinnon, Emerson & Church, 2008
  • Made to Stick, Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Health & Dan Heath, Random House, 2007
  • Message Matters, Succeeding at the Crossroads of Mission and Market, by Rebecca K. Leet, Fieldstone Alliance, 2007
  • Seeing Through A Donor’s Eyes, How to Make a Persuasive CASE for Everything from Your Annual Drive to Your Planned Giving Program to Your Capital Campaign, by Tom Ahern, Emerson & Church, 2009

Nonprofit Lifecycles

  • The 5 Life States of Nonprofit Organizations, Where You Are, Where You Are Going, and What to Expect When You Get There, by Judith Sharken Simon with J. Terence Donovan, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2001
  • First Things First, The Ultimate Guidebood for Early Stage Nonprofits, by Tom Iselin, Pelican Lake Press, 2011
  • Navigating the Organizational Lifecycle, A Capacity-Building Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, by Paul M Connolly, BoardSource, 2006
  • Nonprofit Lifecycles, Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, by Susan Kenny Stevens, 2001  www.stagewiseenterprises.com
  • Seven Turning Points, Leading Through Pivotal Transitions in Organizational Life,  by Susan Gross, Fieldstone Alliance, 2009

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