This Year’s Best Reads


Guest Post by Lindsey Linzer, Program and Information Officer, Gateway Center for Giving

At our recent Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers conference in Pittsburgh, all of the Associations went around and shared their “best reads” of the past year. The final list is so good that we couldn’t resist sharing it with you. We are excited to get around to reading some of the great articles, blogs, and books mentioned below!

Creating Big Impact in Small Cities by Stephen Pratt (shared by Associated Grant Makers)

Collective Impact by John Kania and Mark Kramer (shared by Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers)

Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution by Alliance for Children and Families (shared by Connecticut Council for Philanthropy)

Navigating the New Social Economy by Lucy Bernholz (shared by Council on Michigan Foundations)

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael M. Lewis (shared by Council of New Jersey Grantmakers)

Hope within the Shit Hole by Peter Karoff (shared by Delaware Valley Grantmakers)

DRIVE by Daniel Pink (shared by Donor’s Forum of Wisconsin)

The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine (shared by Florida Philanthropic Network)

Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino (shared by Florida Philanthropic Network)

Blue Avocado by Jan Masaoka (shared by Grantmakers Forum of New York)

Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practioners Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy by Council on Foundations (shared by Grantmakers of Oregon & Southwest Washington)

Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig (shared by Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania)

Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, Mark Kramer, and John Kanie (shared by Indiana Grantmakers Alliance)

To Lead is to Serve by Shar McBee (shared by Iowa Council on Foundations)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (shared by Minnesota Council on Foundations)

Philanthropy Road Map by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (shared by Northern California Grantmakers)

VelvetChainSaw Blog by Jeff Hurt (shared by Ohio Grantmakers Forum)

IBM v Carnegie Corporation: The Centenarians Square Up by The Economist (shared by Philanthropy New York)

Staff, Retreat! by Vu Lee (shared by Philanthropy Northwest)

I Don’t Understand What Anyone is Saying Anymore by Dan Pallota (shared by San Diego Grantmakers)

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker by Bill Somerville (shared by Southeastern Council of Foundations)

Philanthropy and Social Investing Blueprint 2012 by Lucy Bernholz (shared by Southern California Grantmakers)

The Power of the Positive Deviance by Pascale, Sternin, and Sternin (shared by Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers)

Searching for the Uncommon Ground by Blackwell, Kwoh, and Pastor (shared by Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers)

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