Top 7 Books for Nonprofit Professionals

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We got great feedback on our post 6 Must-Read Books for Nonprofit Professionals, so here are 7 more great options. Enjoy one of these reads during your much needed downtime this holiday season!

1. Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection

Author: Jia Jiang

Rejection is something nonprofit professionals are all too familiar with. Whether it’s losing out on a major donation or a board decision you don’t agree with, rejection can be tough to bounce back from. Jia Jiang did an experiment called “100 days of rejection.” Jiang uses his experience to teach us how to bounce back from setbacks, perfect your initial ask, and turn a “no” into a “yes.”

2. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Author: Jaqueline Novogratz

The Blue Sweater is an inspiring story that acts as a reminder of why nonprofit professionals do the work that they do. Jaqueline Novogratz recounts her philanthropic work in Rwanda and how she learned about how truly interconnected the world is. She also offers tips on how to provide aid in a way that helps make the community you are serving more independent and self-sufficient.

3. How the Way we Talk can Change the Way we Work: Seven Languages for Transformation

Author: Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

Change is always difficult, especially in the nonprofit sector. We at DipJar have seen nonprofits experience immense success by taking the leap and trying something new. Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey are Harvard psychologists who help you break the cycle and implement change and innovation that actually lasts.

4. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It

Author: Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

Negotiation is something often encountered in the nonprofit sector, as well as in everyday life! Being a good negotiator will get you farther in discussions with donors, board members and vendors. Chris Voss was a hostage negotiator for the FBI, and he shares the strategies that helped him succeed. He tailors his advice to help you apply these principles to your career and personal life!

5. Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership: Because Nonprofits are Messy

Author: Joan Garry

Joan Garry is a thought leader in the nonprofit sector, especially on the topic of leadership. This light-hearted read will touch on building a board, creating a successful fundraising program, and becoming a public face for your nonprofit organization.

6. CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results

Author: Kivi Leroux Miller

Nonprofit communication paints the picture of how your organization is viewed by potential donors, employees, volunteers and board members. Kivi Lerooux Miller lays out the “CALM” approach. She says the most successful teams are ones that are Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical. Read this book to learn how to simplify your nonprofit’s communication in order to make it the most effective.

7. Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth

Author: Jay Baer and Daniel Lemin

There’s an endless list of nonprofit organizations that a person can support and make donations to. Marketing and communications are key pieces to attract donors, however there is something else that is less discussed; word of mouth! Nobody is going to talk about an ordinary experience; this book advises you to make every interaction a person has with your organization extraordinary. Want a recommendation from the folks at DipJar? Try out an innovative donation collection system! :)


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