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Flanagan, J. (2000) Successful Fundraising: A Complete Handbook for Volunteers and Professionals (2nd ed.). Chicago: Contemporary Books

This handbook is intended for the professional fundraiser, the dedicated volunteer, as well as for all those who have some experience with fundraising. Joan Flanagan, a professional fundraiser herself, offers helpful information on gaining identifying funding sources, principles and techniques of fundraising, and establishing and maintaining relationships with donors. The book also features a resource guide.

Hopkins, Bruce R, Jody Blazek. (2002). The Legal Answer Book for Private Foundations. New York, N.Y.:Wiley

Hopkins and Blazek offer a valuable, up-to-date resource not only for managers and trustees of private foundations, but also for lawyers and accountants who want to gain a thorough understanding of the tax laws governing private foundations. The book is organized as a series of answers to frequently asked questions regarding the laws governing the structure and operation of foundations.

Hopkins, Bruce R. (2002). The Law of Fundraising (3rd ed.). New York, N.Y.: Wiley

Bruce Hopkins has over 30 years of experience in representing charitable organizations. The present volume is a must-have for any law practitioner whose activity concerns fundraising. Because this kind of information becomes rapidly outdated, a 2003 supplement updates the present volume. This impressive work presents a detailed and critical interpretation of federal and state laws regarding fundraising.

Hopkins, Bruce R. (2000). The First Legal Answer Book for Fundraisers. New York, N.Y.: Wiley

This book is the third in the prolific Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance, and Management Series (currently comprising over 60 titles). The question-answer format helps fundraisers find their legal way while complying with state and federal laws. Hopkins wrote this volume from the standpoint of an experienced lawyer who offers qualified advice to the fundraiser involved in charitable fundraising.

Glass, S. A. (Ed.). (1999). The Changing World of Foundations Fundraising: New Challenges and Opportunities. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

This monograph is a quarterly issue (no.28 (Summer 2000) of the New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising. The eight chapters address issues such as strategic planning and priority setting, understanding of the international funders’ background and working procedures, collaborative programs, the preparation preceding the approach of a foundation, and developing proposals according to the new types of donors and technologies. Both experienced and new fundraisers will find useful insights regarding foundation fundraising.

Lant, J. L. (1990). Development Today: A Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (4th ed). Cambridge, Mass.: JLA Publications

The aim of Development Today is to provide the exact technical information executive directors, trustees and staff of nonprofit organizations need in order to raise funds. The book deals with problems that arise in the process of fundraising by offering practical guidance in planning fundraising, involving the board of directors, motivating and training volunteers, mounting successful special events and others. The book also features an extensive number of sample letters used in the fundraising process.

Mudd, M. (2001). Grants for K-12 Schools. Aspen Nonprofit Fundraising & Administrative Development Group, Gaithersburg, Md.: Aspen Publishers

Grants for K-12 Schools is a directory that lists private, corporate, community, and federal grantmakers. This resource has an easily accessible format. The funder profiles features contact information, geographic preferences, the scope of the foundation, the type of foundation, application information, and prior grants. Education grantseekers will find valuable assistance in identifying, evaluating, and contacting potential funders.

Reilley, T.A. (Ed.). (1985). Raising Money through an Institutionally Related Foundation. Washington, DC: Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sheldon, K.S. (2000). Successful Corporate Fundraising: Effective Strategies for Today's Nonprofits. New York,N.Y.:Wiley

Worth, Michael J. (1993). Education Fundraising: Principles and Practice. Phoenix, Az.: Oryx Press

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Board of Trustees
Kurtz, D. L. (1995). How to Manage Conflicts of Interest: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards. Washington, DC: National Center for Nonprofit Boards

Smith D.H. (1995). Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press

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McCormick D. H., Bauer D. G., Ferguson, D. E. (2001). Creating Foundations for American Schools. Gaithersburg, Md.: Aspen Publishers

The original format of the book (chapters organized as questions and answers, followed by exercises and worksheets) engages the reader in a dialogue with the authors on the topic of public school foundations. Through a series of questions addressed to the authors, the reader interested in establishing his/her own school foundation gets practical answers that address varied issues such as the first steps in establishing a school foundation, the structure of a school foundation, legal and mechanical requirements for a school/district foundation, developing a school foundation board of trustees, etc. The appendices include three handbooks about public relations, the development of alumni associations, and gift registration and acknowledgement, as well as IRS forms and samples of bylaws and articles of incorporation.

Mancuso, A. (2002). How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation. Berkeley, Calif.: Nolo

McIlnay, D.P.(1998) How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers

McIlnay focuses on six metaphorical identities of foundations: judges, editors, citizens, activists, entrepreneurs, and partners. This analytical approach offers nonprofit managers and fundraisers a better understanding of how foundations function in contemporary society, as well as recommendations based on an inside view of foundations. The book addresses issues as the role of foundations, grant making, writing grants proposal, public accountability of foundations, and foundations as supporters of social movements and as risk-takers.

Muro, J.J. (1995). Creating and Funding Educational Foundations: A Guide for Local School Districts. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

This book offers answers to practical questions that school districts may have regarding private foundations. Muro gives a detailed review of the concepts promoted by the Public Education Fund Network. These concepts focus on Local Education Fund units (LEFs): what they are, how to start one, what causes they support, and effective use of fundraising strategies. The extensive appendices feature sample articles of incorporation, bylaws, and forms used on a regular basis by the Lafayette Public Education Fund Inc., Louisiana.

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Bauer, D.G. (2000). Successful Grants Program Management. San Francisco: Jossey-Brass

The school district administrators will find in this book an analysis of the components essential to a successful grants system, as well as a means of changing and improving them. The book contains resources that school districts need in order to manage grant proposals for their schools. David Bauer explains the legal, financial and ethical issues related to grant management.

Bauer, D.G. (2000). Technology Funding for Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Brass

Bauer, D.G. (2001). How to Evaluate and Improve Your Grants Effort. Westport, CT: Oryx Press

Burke, M.A. (2001). Simplified Grantwriting. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press

Clarke, C. (2001) Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Ferguson, J., Drake-Major, L., Gershowitz, M.V. (1999) The Grantseeker's Answer Book: Fundraising Experts Respond to the Most Commonly Asked Questions. Gaithersbourg, Md.: Aspen Publishers

Health & Administration Development Group (2000). Grants for School Technology: A Guide to Federal and Private Funding. Gaithersburg,Md.: Aspen Publishers

Health & Administration Development Group. (2000) Grants for Schools: How to Find and Win Funds for K-12 Programs. Gaithersburg,Md.: Aspen Publishers

Knowles, C.R. (2002). The First-Time Grantwriter's Guide to Success. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press

Orlich, D.C. (1996). Designing Successful Grant Proposals. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Orosz, J.J. (2000). The Insider's Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund and Manage Effective Programs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers

Peterson, S. D. (2001). The Grantwriter's Internet Companion: A Resource for Educators and Others Seeking Grants and Funding. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press
This book assists educators in using the Internet as an effective resource of information ranging from Internet surfing strategies and identifying funding programs to grantwriting tips. This comprehensive guide will save the reader time and frustration, helping him/her with a series of lists of annotated Web sites.

Ruskin, K.B. (1995). Grantwriting, Fundraising, and Partnership: Strategies that Work! Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press

Schnitzer, D.K., Nichols, R.D. (1998). New Ways to Fund New Projects: A Practical Guide to Winning Grants to Support Education. Arlington, Va.: Educational Research Service

Grants for Special Education and Rehabilitation: How to Find Funds for Research, Training and Services. (2000). Gaitherburg, Md: Aspen Publications

The Foundation Center (2001/02). Grants for Elementary and Secondary Education. New York, N.Y.: The Center

Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations (2001). Phoenix, Ariz: Oryx Press

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Funding Sources for K-12 Education (2001), Westport, Ct.: Oryx Press

Brewer, E.W. et al. (2001). Finding Funding: Grantwriting from Start to Finish, Including Project Management and Internet Use. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press

Parrish T.B., Chambers J.G., Guarino M.G. (1999). Funding Special Education. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press

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Donations and Donors
Fredricks, L. (2001). Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors. Gaithersburg, Md.: Aspen Publishers, 2001

Grace, K.S., Wendroff, A.L. (2001). High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations can Transform Nonprofit Organizations. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons
The authors contrast traditional transactional giving with new transformational giving, focusing on the role of major gifts, the new donors, the new philanthropists, the partnership between the soliciting organization, community, and the philanthropists. Non-profit organizations could use this book as guidance for implementing high impact philanthropy. The book draws a profile of the new major donors who no longer see donations as charities, but as long-term investments.

Sharpe Sr., R.F., (1999). Planned Giving Simplified: the Gift, the Giver, and the Gift Planner. New York, N.Y.: Wiley

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Nonprofit Organizations
Brickerhoff, P.C. Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-for-Profit in the 21st Century. New York, NY: J.Wiley

Gross Jr., M.J., Larkin R.F., McCarthy, J.H., (2001). Financial and Accounting Fuide for Not-for-Profit Organizations (6th ed.). New York, N.Y.: Wiley

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Book Reviews
Welcome to the Board: Your Guide to Effective Participation
Fisher Howe
March, 1995 Jossey-Bass, San Francisco
ISBN: 0-7879-0089-3
Hardcover; 144 pages; US $32.00  

This important member of the “nonprofit book series” published by Jossey-Bass is a very easy read; one appropriate for use as part of an orientation for new, as well as seasoned, school foundation members. The foreword describes it as a “slim yet lucid volume offering to every current or potential nonprofit board member a clear and concise guide with which to assess public service opportunities and responsibilities.” Howe’s depth of experience and his straightforward style combine to organize complex issues into very accessible information for the board member.

The 15 chapters are broken into three groups: Board Membership in Perspective, Board Member Responsibilities, and Board Members and Boards. Perhaps the most interesting and valuable chapters are those about “participating in fundraising” and “keeping the board effective.” Both of these include excellent self-evaluation materials for foundation boards and executive directors to use when assessing current performance. The book also reviews some of the professional resources available to nonprofit boards today.

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