Recommended Reading

We read a lot! We like to stay connected to other leading voices in biblical generosity and to emerging trends in the broader worlds of leadership and fundraising. Here are a few of our favorites.

Biblical Approach to Fundraising

  • Coach Your Champions: The Transformational Giving Approach to Major Donor Fundraising – Eric Foley with Rebekah Farquhar and Amy Karjala
  • The Choice – Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, & Wesley K. Willmer
  • A Spirituality of Fundraising – Henri J.M. Nouwen

Biblical Generosity

  • The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving – Randy Alcorn
  • Living With Wealth Without Losing Your Soul: A Pastor’s Journey from Guilt to Grace – Steve Perry and Steve Halliday
  • Abundant: Experiencing the Incredible Journey of Generosity – Todd Harper

Major Gifts

  • Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising As A Ministry – Thomas H. Jeavons and Rebekah Burch Basinger
  • Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops (In the Trenches Manual): How to Leverage Your Annual Fund in Only Five Hours per Week – Amy Eisenstein
  • The Giver and The Gift: Principles of Kingdom Fundraising – Peter Greer and David Weekley

Communications

  • Social Media for Social Good: A How-to Guide for Nonprofits – Heather Mansfield
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters: Revised and Updated – Mal Warwick

Ministry Leadership

Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches – Peter Greer and Chris Horst
  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek
  • The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact – Jason Saul

Management and fundraising
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great – Jim Collins
  • Funding Your Ministry: An In-Depth, Biblical Guide for Successfully Raising Personal Support – Scott Morton
  • Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit. – John Pearson

Board governance
  • The Nonprofit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives – Robert C. Andringa & Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom
  • Good Governance for Nonprofits – Frederic L. Laughlin and Robert C. Andringa
  • Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards –  Richard P. Chait and William P. Ryan