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7 Books To Read Before Starting A Nonprofit

Education is key in any endeavour – before you jump into your nonprofit venture, read these 7 books.

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#1 Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity

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From the Contributor: I am the former Director of a non-profit that I was working with while at my job of the Managing Director of HR and Operations at Actualize Consulting. I was feeling like the non-profit was not managing the operations correctly and read this book to help tell the founders of the non-profit how the organization should be set up. 

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Contributor: Kerry Wekelo from Zendoway

#2 Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and EldarShafir

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This book talks about minimalist living, poverty and how living with less can bring definition to our lives for better and for worse. 

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Contributor: Kristen Fuller from Center For Discovery

#4 Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

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101 Joyful Stories about the Love, Fun, and Wonder of the Holidays by Jack Canfield. Uplifting stories and memoirs that give us the warm fuzzy feelings around the holidays.

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Contributor: Kristen Fuller from Center For Discovery

#5 The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine

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This book is a MUST READ before starting a nonprofit in today’s world. This book helps you see the importance of social media and how it can help you build supporters, raise awareness, and keep your donors motivated. The steps are laid out clearly and are broken down into bite-sized pieces so they are easier to digest. You don’t have to implement everything this book teaches but you certainly have to know what you're missing if you don’t. 

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Contributor: Gennady Litvin from Moshes Law

#6 Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

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Starting a non-profit takes a lot of creativity. This book is the result of systematic interviews with 91 creative people. These creative people are from all walks of life and each has their own creative process. This book will help you understand how to reach your non-profit goals.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#7 Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

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The authors of this book believe that leadership is a learned skill. This workbook is full of activities and questions designed to challenge your abilities and help you share your vision with others.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion