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Resources to help you grow

Tools, tips, books and more to strengthen your organization's impact in the world.

Books for getting organized and finding your creative focus every day

By Jocelyn K. Glei & Scott Belsky | Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.

By Paul Jarvis | This book is your official guide to building around the idea that staying small and avoiding growth can be more durable and even more enjoyable than business as usual from author Paul Jarvis. The real key to richer and more fulfilling work could be to not create and scale something into a massive corporation, but rather, to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one. This book explains how to do just that.

By Gary Keller | YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation. ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

Books for creativity, color theory, typography, and design usability

By Aaron Draplin | Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

By Donald Krug | Since this book was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on websites.

Books recommended by nonprofit professionals

By Jim Collins  | This book addresses a single question: can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? Based on a five-year research project comparing companies that made the leap to those that did not, Good to Great shows that greatness is not primarily a function of circumstance but largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline. This book discusses concepts like Level 5 Leadership; First Who, Then What (first get the right people on the bus, then figure out where to drive it); the Hedgehog Concept, and the Flywheel.

By Simone Joye Eford | Fulfill Your Mission! Are you are contemplating starting or building a nonprofit organization? If you answered yes, that’s awesome! The world needs more people like you. This inspirational and easy-to-follow read provides you with insider information from an award-winning twenty-five-year nonprofit veteran. This is book for the weary, the curious, and the conquers, who are starting and building a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization to serve the public.

By Steve MacLaughlin | Nonprofit organizations are vital to making meaningful change in the world and they have significant amounts of untapped potential in their data. Unfortunately, many nonprofits lack the strategies, skills, and guidance to make better engagement, fundraising, advocacy, and program decisions based on their data. This is a guide book for nonprofit organizations that want to improve their performance and increase positive change in the world. Learn from industry leaders and nonprofit professionals that have unlocked the keys to becoming more data driven.

By Kivi Leroux Miller | Are you searching for the secrets to being more strategic, effective, and happy in your nonprofit communications work? Effective nonprofit communication is about much more than list targeting, relevant messaging, email open rates, and social media scheduling. The most successful communications directors and teams are those who are Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical. They are CALM.

By Peter Panepento and Antionette Kerr | This book can serve as your guide for building that strategy. While there are plenty of other books that offer instruction on media relations, this one is written by two trained journalist and nonprofit leaders. It offers practical strategies to navigate today’s media landscape from citizen journalism to fake news. Develop a media relations strategy that meets your nonprofit’s goals and its budget. Build relationships with reporters and editors that will lead to positive placement. Prepare for and manage media crises. Learn how to position your leaders as thought leaders.

By Simon Sinek | People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it. Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

By Mary Anne Harmer & Tom Hering | Have you heard about the Benefit Corporation movement? How it is going to be a strong catalyst for growth by the companies who adopt and practice such contemporary thinking in the months and years ahead? If not, "Putting Soul Into Business" is the book to not only show why you should embrace this entity for your own business, but how to do it. Along the way you’ll read about companies both large and small and learn about their decisions to become a Benefit Corporation.