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5 Expert-recommended Nonprofit Books You Need to Read

At GIG USA, we're down for just about anything when it comes to learning, and we believe that there's always room for growth and improvement. Books are always a great resource for learning new perspectives and staying inspired. If you're looking for some good nonprofit books to read, check out these five expert-recommended books that will help you achieve your desired results.

1. Dollar Dash: The Behavioral Economics of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

by Katrina VanHuss and Otis Fulton

Want to know how to effectively acquire, retain, and maximize support from your volunteers and donors? If so, this book is for you. Dollar Dash will analyze the fundamentals of human behavior and break down the psychology of peer-to-peer fundraising by providing detailed stories behind peer-to-peer campaigns in the United States.

2. The Blue Sweater

by Jacqueline Novogratz

Get inspired by the unique story of a woman who left her secure job in credit analysis at Chase Bank in Manhattan to pursue humanitarian work. In this memoir, Jacqueline Novogratz starts a discussion on how to empower vulnerable communities to become financially self-sufficient and uses stories from her travels to show the need for a new approach to abolishing poverty. Dive into amazing stories with the former consultant for UNICEF and founder of Acumen Fund.

3. Managing a Nonprofit Organization

Updated Twenty-first-century edition by Thomas Wolf

Trends come and go, but there are several nonprofit fundamentals that every nonprofit should know and are essential to your growth. This go-to guide has been a powerful resource for those in leadership roles in the nonprofit industry since 1984. For our best interest, the guide has been updated with today's difficulties and continues supporting leadership at nonprofits where you can learn to adapt and thrive despite it all.

Dr. Wolf's recommendations will help you become a successful leader and continue driving your organization's mission forward.

4. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofit

by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

In this book, the authors outline best practices that they discovered after studying 12 nonprofits with impressive levels of impact. These nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, and the Heritage Foundation. The six practices explained are all counterintuitive yet fundamental for organizations to understand and implement if they want to create change in this world.

5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive, and Others Die

by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Are you interested in influencing the world for the better? Then these brothers and authors, Chip and Dan Heath can help you out. You will benefit from their simplified breakdown of why some ideas stick and the essential qualities behind that stickiness. With over ten years of research to back their findings, this book about human behavior will keep you entertained while providing an updated foundation for how to think about telling your organization's story in a more memorable and meaningful way.

Whether you're a nonprofit professional looking for ways to maximize your impact or you're just starting on your philanthropic journey, these books will provide you with knowledge and inspiration that will propel you closer to your goals. We hope you enjoy them! If you're looking for more resources on nonprofit management and fundraising, be sure to check out our blog. There, you can find additional tips and advice from industry experts making a difference.

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