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Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Fundraising books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Nonprofit Fundraising 101 A Practical Guide With Easy to Implement Ideas & Tips from Industry Experts (2016)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedBased on expert advice and insights from a variety of respected industry experts, Nonprofit Fundraising 101 is an essential text for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, activists, and social entrepreneurs who want to leverage best practices to promote their cause. Built upon the success of the best-selling Nonprofit Management 101, this easy to digest book provides practical, comprehensive guidance for nonprofit fundraising around the globe. With tips and tools, expert advice, and real-world insights from almost fifty industry leaders, this robust resource addresses the entire…
Author(s): Darian Rodriguez Rodriguez Heyman

2. Fundraising for Social Change, 7th Edition (2016)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedFundraising for Social Change is the preeminent guide to securing funding, with a specific focus on progressive nonprofit organizations with budgets under $5 million. Used by nonprofits nationally and internationally, this book provides a soup-to-nuts prescription for building, maintaining, and expanding an individual donor program. Author Kim Klein is a recognized authority on all aspects of fundraising, and this book distills her decades of expertise into fundraising strategies that work. This updated seventh edition includes new information on the impact of generational change, using social media effectively,…
Author(s): Kim Klein

3. A Spirituality of Fundraising (Henri Nouwen Spirituality) (2011)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedDo you serve on your church’s stewardship committee or need to raise money for a mission trip or some other faith-based cause? Perhaps the thought of asking people for money intimidates you. It’s time to change the way you think about fundraising. "Fundraising is, first and foremost, a ministry," best-selling author and renowned spiritual teacher Henri Nouwen writes. "It’s a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission." Nouwen encourages us to see fundraising as spiritual work and approach it confidently. "Fundraising…
Author(s): Henri J.M. Nouwen, John S Mogabgab

4. Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work (2016)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedWhether your nonprofit has just gotten tax-exempt status or has been operating for years, its success or failure depends on its ability to raise donations from individuals, companies, and institutions. The question you’re facing is, “How do we bring in the cash?” Here, you’ll find plain-English answers. Featuring advice and stories from over 50 experienced fundraisers, foundation staffers, journalists and more, this book explains how to: make a fundraising plan work with individual donors keep givers giving plan special events solicit grants from foundations and corporations get media coverage use the Web and…
Author(s): Bray JD, Ilona

5. Storytelling: The Secret Sauce of Fundraising Success (2019)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedStories have been written, printed, blogged, shared, discussed, debated, and passed down through the generations. Why? Because people have an incredible appetite for stories. Stories trigger a physical response in the same way a delicious meal satisfies.Nonprofit organizations have amazing stories to share — stories of perseverance, fortitude, and generosity. Stories give nonprofits a way to stand out in a world that gets noisier every day, where people are looking for ways to find meaning and connection.Great stories engage…
Author(s): Lynn Malzone Ierardi

6. Fundraising: Principles and Practice (2015)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedFundraising: Principles and Practice provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to fundraising. Taking a balanced perspective, bestselling author Michael J. Worth offers insights on the practical application of relevant theory. The text is designed to engage readers in thinking critically about issues in fundraising and philanthropy to prepare them for careers in the nonprofit sector. Worth explores donor motivations and fundraising techniques for annual giving programs, major gift programs, planned giving, and corporate and foundation giving and campaigns. Traditional methods, including…
Author(s): Michael J. Worth

7. Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide by Ciconte, Barbara L., Jacob, Jeanne (2008) Paperback ()

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning (1601) ASIN: B00RKQN64Y Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1601

8. Donor-Centered Fundraising, Second Edition (2018)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedIn this fully updated and substantially expanded second edition, author, researcher and fundraising expert Penelope Burk describes her groundbreaking methodology that challenges accepted fundraising practice with strategies that extend donor loyalty and raise much more money. Supported by dozens of studies over twenty years involving tens of thousands of donors, Donor-Centered Fundraising paints a candid picture of why donors stop giving, and what it will take to preserve their ongoing loyalty in the future. In clear language and backed by statistical evidence, the book explores the pitfalls…
Author(s): Penelope Burk

9. Grant Writing and Fundraising Tool Kit for Human Services (Standards for Excellence) by Jill C. Dustin (2012-09-23) (1656)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedPaperback Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (2012-09-23) (1656) ASIN: B01FGL3MW0 Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jill C. Dustin

10. The Little Book of Gold: Fundraising for Small (and Very Small) Nonprofits (2011)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedThe Little Book of Gold is dedicated to helping small (and very small) non-profits unlock their fundraising potential. Avoid common pitfalls and get tips on proven methods that work. This book has helped thousands of nonprofits improve their fundraising.This short guide helps new Executive Directors, active board chairs, and other key staff in charge of fundraising to learn the basics of professional and sustainable fundraising. Geared specifically for non-profits with small and very small budgets (a few hundred thousand dollars a year down to the smallest budgets).Revised and expanded in 2012!”It was a perfect primer for…
Author(s): Erik Hanberg

11. Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising (2018)

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & RankedThis could very well become one of the most important books in our field. It is a breakthrough of a methodology that really works. It’s the best antidote I’ve read on taking the fear out of asking. It will make you successful. If you already are, it will make you more so. (From the foreword by Jerold Panas.)The breakthrough concept of the Asking Styles makes it possible for anyone to become a more effective fundraiser. Your Asking Style is based on your personality and unique set of strengths when asking for gifts. If you’ve ever said to…
Author(s): Brian Saber, Jerold Panas

Best Fundraising Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some fundraising books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The complete guide to fundraising management

Author(s): Barden, Pamela; Weinstein, Stanley
Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2135970

The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management

Author(s): Stanley Weinstein, Pamela Barden
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2227144

The Art of Startup Fundraising: Pitching Investors, Negotiating the Deal, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Author(s): Alejandro Cremades
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1497324

Nonprofit Fundraising 101

Author(s): Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2016, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1594139

Fundraising for Social Change

Author(s): Kim Klein
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2016, Size: 29 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1595534

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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