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Delve into some of Tanja Sarett's and Synergies in Philanthropy Consulting’s favorite print and online resources on organizational development, fundraising, design thinking, facilitation and philanthropy.


Many remarkable and insightful publications are on the market covering the nonprofit world and beyond. To list all of them would be an impossible task. The following books are examples on our bookshelves - books which have guided and inspired us, and which we want to share with you.


Penelope Burk, "Donor-Centered Fundraising. How To Hold On

To Your Donors And Raise Much More Money", 2018

Mim Carlson and Margaret Donohoe, “The Executive Director’s

Survival Guide: Thriving As A Nonprofit Leader”, 2nd edition, 2010


Bill Connors, “Fundraising With The Raiser’s Edge: A

Non-Technical Guide”, 2010


G. Douglass Alexander and Kristina Carlson, “Essential Principles For Fundraising Success: An Answer Manual For The Everyday Challenges Of Raising Money”, 2005


Kent E. Dove and Jeffrey A. Lindauer, “Conducting A Successful Annual Giving Program: A Comprehensive Guide And Resource”, 2001


Jennifer F. Filla and Helen Brown, "Prospect Research for Fundraisers: The Essential Handbook", 2013


Laura Fredricks, “Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors Into Big Contributions”, 2001


Laura Fredricks, “The Ask: How To Ask For Support For Your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project, or Business Venture”, 2010


Ted Hart and James M. Greenfield, “Major Donors: Finding Big Gifts In Your Database and Online”, 2006

Larry C. Johnson, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising. Transforming Fundraising Anxiety Into The Opportunity Of A Lifetime", 2011


Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox, "The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need", 2014


Andrea Kihlstedt, “Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work”, 2017

Jason Lewis. "The War For Fundraising Talent And How Small Shops Can Win", 2019


Michael Seltzer, “Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide To Fundraising Strategies”, 2003


Mal Warwick, “Revolution In The Mailbox: Your Guide To Successful Direct Mail Fundraising”, 2004

Lynne M. Wester, "The 4 Pillars Of The Donor Experience", 2019

Global Fundraising & Cross-Border Giving

CAF, "Cross-Border Giving. A Legal and Practical Guide", 2019

Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy, "The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy", 2015



Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon, “The Art Of Giving: Where The Soul Meets A Business Plan”, 2010


Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon, “The Art Of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action”. 2012


David Callahan, “The Givers: Wealth, Power, And Philanthropy In A New Gilded Age”, 2017


Lewis B. Cullman, “Can’t Take It With You: The Art Of Making And Giving Money”, 2004


Peter Frumkin, “Strategic Giving: The Art And Science Of Philanthropy”, 2006


Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody, “Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving”, 2017


Design Thinking

Tim Brown, “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations And Inspires Innovation”, 2009


Jeanne Liedtka and Kevin Bennett, “Solving Problems With Design Thinking: Ten Stories Of What Works”, 2013


Michael Lewrick and Patrick Link, “The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation Of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses And Ecosystems”, 2018


Tom Kelley and David Kelley, “Creative Confidence: Unleashing The Creative Potential Within Us All”, 2015


Tom Kelley, “The Art Of Innovation”, 2001



Dave Gray and Sunni Brown, “Gamestorming: A Playbook For Innovators, Rulebreakers, And Changemakers”, 2010


Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, “The Surprising Power Of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules To Unleash A Culture of Innovation”, 2014


Bill Staples, “Transformational Strategy: Facilitation Of ToP Participatory Planning”, 2013


Priscilla H. Wilson, “The Facilitative Way: Leadership That Makes The Difference”, 2003


Organizational Development & Leadership

Samuel Bachrach, “The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough”, 2016


Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams”, 2009


Misha Galperin, “Reimagining Leadership In Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons To Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals”, 2012


Victoria Humphrey, “Clueless Emperors: How to Overcome Problem People And Not Be One Yourself”, 2013


Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith, “The Wisdom Of Teams: Creating The High-Performance organization”, 2003


John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, “That’s Not How We Do It Here: A Story About How Organizations Rise and Fall - and Can Rise Again”, 2016


Patrick Lencioni, "The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable”, 2011


Patrick Lencioni, “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Businesses”, 2012


Patrick Lencioni, “The Ideal Team Player: How To Recognize And Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues”, 2016


Frederic Laloux, “Reinventing Organizations: An illustrated Invitation To Join The Conversation On Next-Stage Organizations”, 2016


Jonathan D. Schick, “The Nonprofit Secret: The Six Principles Of Successful Board/CEO Partnerships”, 2009


Peter M. Senge, “The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice Of The Learning Organization”, 2006


Robert Simons, “Control In The Age Of Empowerment”, 1995


Liz Wiseman, “Multipliers. How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, 2017



Erica Brown, “Take Your Soul To Work: 365 Meditations On Every Day leadership”, 2015


Avraham Infeld, “A Passion For a People: Lessons From The Life Of A Jewish Educators”, 2017

Nonprofit & Philanthropy

BBB Wise Giving Alliance


Center for Effective Philanthropy


Charity Navigator

The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Council on Foundations




Fundraising Effectiveness Project


Giving USA






Independent Sector


Jewish Funders Network


The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy


Network for Good


Nonprofit Times

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