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December 26, 2013

2013 Highlights: The Year in Books

Idit Knaan for The Chronicle


The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising, by Ronald Schiller

Our coverage: High Expectations Cause Many Top Fundraisers to Be Fired, Book Says

Donor-Centered Leadership, by Penelope Burk

Our coverage: A Clarion Call to Shake Up Development Offices and Curb Turnover

The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fundraising, by Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey Walker

Our coverage: Banning Fundraising Pitches at Galas and Other Unconventional Ideas Could Aid Giving

The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution, by Lawrence Pagnoni

Our coverage: All Staff Members, Including the Janitor, Should Help With Fundraising, Says Expert

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, by Daniel Pink

Our coverage: Selling and Fundraising Are Both About Finding Common Ground, Says Expert

The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life, by John List and Uri Gneezy

Our coverage: Economists Spurn Conventional Wisdom to Boost Fundraising


Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, by Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett

Our coverage: Philanthropists Should Limit Their Focus to Causes They Understand, Buffetts Say

Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving, by Eric Friedman

Our coverage: Donors Should Give Based on Need, Not on Personal Interests or Whims

The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving, by Ralph Bradburd and Michael Weinstein

Our coverage: How Robin Hood Fund Uses Data in Grant Making


Creating Room to Read, by John Wood

Our coverage:How a Scrappy Literacy Charity Met Ambitious Goal 5 Years Early

The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organization, by Michael Kaiser

Our coverage: To Thrive, Do Work That Interests Donors, Don’t Cut Programs, Says Leader

With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give, by Ken Stern

Our coverage: Plethora of Charities Breeds Confusion and Stretches Limited Funds


Winning the Inside Game: The Handbook of Advocacy Strategies, by Ilir Zherka

Our coverage: Charities Can’t Avoid the 'Street Fight’ of Lobbying Policy Makers, Says Activist

Communications and Marketing

The Brand Idea: Managing Nonprofit Brands With Integrity, Democracy and Affinity, by Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel

Our coverage: Branding Can Help Clarify Mission and Attract Donors, Say Authors

Content Marketing for Nonprofits, by Kivi Leroux Miller

Our coverage: To Communicate Better, Think Like a Donor