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10 Nonprofit Books from 2010


During 2010,  I been able to read, blurb, write reviews, do blog giveaways, or author guest posts and interviews for a lot of terrific books that would be useful to nonprofit professionals in the social media, marketing, and ICT areas.  Many authors generously sent me review copies .     I also have a small pile of books sitting on my desk that I wanted to blog about.   So, to close out the year,  I thought I’d share this list of books with you, especially if Santa gave you an Amazon gift card.

1.   Technology at the Margins:  How IT Meets The Needs of Emerging Markets by Salesh Chutani, Jessica Rothenberg AAlami, and Akhtar Badshah.

I read the manuscript over the summer so I could blurb this book.   The book looks at how ICT can help solve global poverty issues in a range of fields, including disaster relief, health education, micro finance, and education.    It is filled with great examples and stories from around the world.    The book is well-researched and offers frameworks for thinking about how to link technology to a theory of change.   More about the book here.   The authors were kind enough to give me a copy to give away on this blog, so if you leave a comment you could be the lucky winner of a book!

Digital Activism was one of several books I gave to my friends at iHub in Nairobi.

2. Digital Activism Decoded:  The New Mechanics of Change,  Mary Joyce, Editor

Digital activism is defined by the  Meta-Activism Project as “the practice of using digital technology for political and social change.” Mary Joyce is one of the thought leaders in the field.  She is the founder and executive director of the Meta-Activism Project.   I first met Mary in 2005 through my connection with the Global Voices community and can say that Mary is among the most knowledgeable and experienced digital activists in the world.   I’m honored to be working with her on a training project that I’ll share more about in 2011.   The book is available on Amazon or as a free download.

3.   Hands-On Social Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing Change for Good by Nedra Kline Weinreich

Nedra Kline Weinreich is a social marketing whiz kid.  I’ve been a fan her work since 2006.   Her book is fantastic workbook that will lead you through six fail-proof steps to social marketing success.  I love the checklists,  her thoughts about the impact of social media and behavior change, and the DIY market research techniques.   We were lucky enough to have Nedra stop by the Zoetica Salon and share some thoughts about how to measure social media outcomes.  The book is available on Amazon.

4.   The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising by Mazarine Treyz

I met Mazarine Treyz 3 years ago in Portland, Oregon when I facilitated a one-day social media and nonprofit workshop for the Meyer Memorial Trust.   She’s been a regular commenter on this blog.     Her book is perfect for small nonprofits who are looking for practical and tactical tips and wisdom in developing a fundraising plan.   You can get a copy here and I also have a copy to give away if you leave comment mentioning the book.

5.   Zilch by Nancy Lublin

Nancy’s book launched the same month as the Networked Nonprofit.   I read it on long plane rides and ended up doing a book giveaway at one of my book talks!   Non-profits are told to learn from business; in insightful and humorous book,  Lublin, over at DoSomething.org, tells the for profit sector what it can learn from non-profits, particularly about how to thrive with virtually no money.   The book made Philanthrocapitalism’s Books of the Year List (so did Networked Nonprofit).   Pick up your copy of the book on Amazon.

6.    ShareThis! by Deanna Zandt

Deanna Zandt is a blogger who writes about social media, civil society, and activism.   Her book, futuristic look at how social media will change the world,  launched the same week as the Networked Nonprofit and we kept passing each other on the book talk circuit.   Her book kept me company on a number of a long plane trips this year,  and if you haven’t read yet it, go get a copy at Amazon.

7.   Open Community by Lindy Dreyer and Maddie Grant

I read the manuscript this summer and provided blurb.   This small book is filled with big ideas and practical tips for managing an online community in the context of social networks.    See my interview with the authors and buy your copy here.

8.   The Dragonfly Effect by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith

This one of the best ever book parties for an amazing book that gives you quick and effective ways to use social media for social good.  You can pick up a copy here.

9   The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon

While Nina’s book is geared for the museum sector, there are lots of useful frameworks, tips, and stories that can teach all of using social media about how to effectively engage our stakeholders using social media and other channels.     Check out this guest post that Nina wrote about the Science of Participation.  You can read an online copy here.

10.  The Nonprofit Marketing Guide by Kivi Leroux Miller

Kivi’s book is filled with the practical and tactical marketing ideas for small nonprofits.    Here’s a guest post she wrote about easy methods for implementing a digital content strategy.

And here’s one more to add to the list, Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding by Jocelyne Daw and Carol Cone.   And you have until the end of the year to leave a comment and win a copy of this thoughtful book.

What were your favorite nonprofit books of the year?  What books should be on the list?


24 Responses

  1. Thanks, Beth, for including my book on your list and for your very kind words about me. Wishing you a very happy holiday and a great 2011!

  2. Maddie Grant says:

    Thank you so much for including Open Community – and for reading an early version!! Could not have done it without you. Have a great holiday season! Hugs and lots of love! xx

  3. I’d love to enter for a chance to win The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising.

    I’ve read The Nonprofit Marketing Guide by Kivi Leroux Miller and loved the practical advice she provided.

    Another book I have on my list to read on the holiday “break” is How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar by Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris. I know you wrote a blurb on their book as well, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

    Thanks, as always, for blogging.

  4. reikob says:

    Hi Beth,
    thanks for the great list.
    I would love to have a chance to win any of the books you have on the list

  5. Mazarine says:

    Dear Beth,

    Oh Wow! I’m so happy to be on this list! Thank you so much for this inclusion! What a present to get this morning! On holiday now of course, but had to come by, say hi, and say MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TODOS!

    And hey, anyone reading this, Beth’s book, “The Networked Nonprofit” is totally worth your hard earned nonprofit cash.

    Thank you again,


  6. Kate Raphael says:

    Hello Beth,

    I’d love to get my hands on a copy of A Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising for two reasons: 1) I will starting 2011 off with a great contract to create a fundraising strategy for a small nonprofit and would love an infusion of ideas and strategies, and 2) I live in Portland Oregon and would love to know more about — and support — a fellow Portlander (Mazarine — are you living in Portland?)! Thanks for giving us a list of great books to help improve our work for nonprofits in 2011. Warmly, Kate

  7. Debbie says:

    What an inspiring list! I would be honored to win any one of them, particularly the Wild Woman’s Guide.

  8. Dr.Mani says:

    Fantastic list, thanks Beth. I’ll work my way through this in 2011, as I plan to finish the collection of unread books on my shelf over this last weekend of the year!

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  9. Jack Cooper says:

    Very inspiring list, I’ll definitely be reading at least a couple of these in the next few months.

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  10. Thanks Beth for filling up the first two months of my 2011 reading list, great reccomendations

  11. grace lee says:

    Hey Beth!! If you’re still doing the giveaway for the wild woman’s guide, I’d love to be entered! I work for a small development team and am always looking for all the help I can get on how to do things effectively and find time to be able to do some of our fundraising dreams as well. Thanks!

  12. Great Blog, great reviews. We are working with deeply marginalized Roma (gypsies), with alphabet school work/study projects so they can rebuild their homes better in Romania with what they can earn in Florence. Particularly important are manual sewing machines (no9 longer manufactured), solar panels for a light and recharging cell phones and small computers, gutters and drain pipes for water storage and to protect walls made of a mixture of earth and cement that collapse otherwise. See http://www.ringofgold.eu. They cannot afford privatized electricity and water.

  13. Heather Scholz says:

    Thanks for the great resources! All are great recommendations!

  14. You always have great book recommendations. I recently agreed to serve as the development committee chairman for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, a very new non-profit. The goal is to harness the collective power of sorority women to help provide access to education for women and girls worldwide. I am particularly interested in reading the Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising but the price is pretty hefty. I am hoping Amazon picks it up so it is more affordable, as I think the information presented will be really useful. Thanks for all the great recs!

  15. Mary says:

    Glad to be in such splendid company, Beth. Hope you had a great holiday and TTYL in January.

  16. Betsy says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Technology at the Margins and now I want to read it even more. It seems like there are so many better ways that we can be linking technology with our goals, but that we always seem to fall a little short of what can really be accomplished.
    Did you put the books in any order, or is this just the order they were stacked on your desk?

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  19. Shevonne says:

    I tried adding The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising by Mazarine Treyz to my Goodreads, but Barnes & Noble and Amazon doesn’t find it. Is it an e-book? Thanks!

  20. Vlad says:

    “Digital Activism Decoded” was my wife’s birthday present from me, she is trying to put together a couple of volunteer based efforts in Eastern Europe. Bought it after I read the article, I just came back to say “Thanks”:)

  21. Wild Woman’s Guide – just an amazing book! Thank you for it! I want to ask you – if your books are sold somewhere other than amazon.com? Last time, delivery service has lost one of the books that I ordered, so I prefer a different store.