5 books everyone in the nonprofit sector should read

I read a lot, not as much as some, but enough that I have seen some great books and some really bad ones.  I love lists of books, lists of ideas taht sort of thing.  So, here is my list.  These books are great and are my go to when I need a reference, a way to give advice or a title to tell a good story.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Hardcover: by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda made an amazing realization, she realized that she never said yes to anything.  So, so changed it.  This book is excellent and has helped me say yes to more things, and make more meaningful contributions to the things that I say yes to.

Steve Jobs Paperback: by Walter Isaacson

We all know Steve Jobs.  What some may not know is that Steve Jobs did little, if anything, for the third sector.  However, he built one of the most outstanding companies in the technology sector and his way of doing it can teach us all something. 

Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New: by Christopher Reeve

The name Christopher Reeve, depending on your generation and movie preference, will bring about images of Super Man.  After his devastating horse accident, Reeve embarked on a new outlook on life and of changing the lives of others.  As a disabled individual this book made me think differently about my own life and helping others. 

The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success: by Tracy D. Connors (Editor)

I never would ave found this book, no way no how, if I hadn’t been introduced by Tracy over e-mail about two years ago.  This book truly is the handbook for volunteer managers.  IF you are looking for an encyclopedia for volunteerism, this is it!

The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change: by Jennifer Aaker

After I finished my BA and American Humanics Certificate, I went right to graduate school for an MS in nonprofit management.  This book came up in my social media class and because of it, I became known as the “go to” guy for social media in my coursework.  Jennifer does a great job of describing the how and why of social media. 

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