6 Must-Read Books for Nonprofits

Whether you just started up an animal rescue, or you've been in the nonprofit world for years, here is a list of the 6 must-read books that will help your nonprofit achieve success. 

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1. The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success

Author: Steve Rothschild

Rothschild made the leap from leading a success for-profit company to leading a successful nonprofit organization. The trick? He ran his nonprofit just like he ran his business! (Check out our story on Chris Stout who runs his nonprofit with the same philosophy.)


"The lessons of The Non Nonprofit can improve the results of any nonprofit organization.It provides sound guidance to donors, agencies, and policy makers. This is the kind of thinking I encourage United Way leaders to apply while measuring community need and community impact."

Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide



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2. The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change 

Authors: Beth Kanter, Allison Fine and Randi Zuckerburg

This book is a guide to help your nonprofit navigate in this new, social media fueled world. It will help you leverage connections via social media platforms which will help your nonprofit make an impact. (You can also check out our social media tips here!)

"The Networked Nonprofit is a must-read for any nonprofit organization seeking innovative, creative techniques to improve their mission and better serve their communities."

Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector




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3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Author: Jim Collins

Based on extensive research of elite companies, Jim Collins shares the secrets of what it takes for an organization to make the leap from good, to great! 



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

Authors: Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Storytelling is key in connecting with your donors and making your nonprofit succeed. This book will help you better communicate your nonprofit's mission. 

"Anyone interested in influencing others — to buy, to vote, to learn, to diet, to give to charity or to start a revolution – can learn from this book."

Washington Post



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5. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits 

Authors: Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather Mcleod Grant and Steve Case

This book takes a look at how 12 of the most impactful nonprofits achieved their success and were able to change millions of lives. The authors came up with six unexpected best practices to help your nonprofit change the world. 



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6. Do the Kind Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately

Authors: David Lubetzky

Even though KIND is a for-profit company, nonprofits can still learn a thing or two from this book. Daniel Lubetzky uses the power of "and" to achieve his goals and bring a little more good into the world. 


"Lubetzky uses the power of kindness to build purpose into his business and his community. He’s a role model for future leaders."

Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery, Columbia University


If you have more questions about nonprofit strategy you can always reach out to the DipJar fundraising experts for help. It's what we love to do!