Our members are always taking opportunities to increase their knowledge about all areas of philanthropy and critical issues facing our community. Below are books and articles that Foundation members and committees found thought-provoking.
Foundation Book Discussion Selections: The Foundation's Member Engagement Committee chooses one book each year related to local issues, philanthropy, or our funding areas, and plans discussions for members on the book featuring local experts.
- 2015: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
2014: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough
- 2013: The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
- 2012: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
- 2011: The Big Burn, Tim Egan
- 2010: Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, Paul Tough
- 2009: The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community, Mary Pipher
- 2008: Banker to the Poor, Mohammad Yunus
- 2007: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
- 2006: Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
Web Resources about Philanthropy:
Recommended Articles about Philanthropy:
- Reconstructing Philanthropy from the Outside In, by Paul Shoemaker. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Feb 2015.
- Ten Nonprofit Funding Models, by William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2009.
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work, by Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, and Mark Kramer. www.ssireview.org, January 2012
- Trends in NW Giving: A comprehensive report on giving in our region, published by Philanthropy Northwest
- Catalytic Philanthropy, by Mark R. Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2009.
- Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 2011.
- Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Jump Associates.
- Catalyzing Networks for Social Change, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Monitor Institute.
- Women a Model for Engaged Giving, by Todd Cohen, for Philanthropy Journal.
- Giving 2.0: Getting Together to Give, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreesse. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2012
- Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest, written and published by Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Helicon Collaborative, Feb 2012.
- The Health and Social Impact of Growing Up With Adverse Childhood Experiences - The Human and Economic Costs of the Status Quo, written by Robert Anda, MD, MS the Co-Priciple Investigator on the ACEs Study.
- In Pursuit of the Female Philanthropist, by Fran Hawthorne. New York Times, November 8, 2012.
- Cracking the Network Code: Four Principles for Grantmakers, by Jane Wei-Skillern, Nora Silver, and Eric Heitz. Published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Washington, DC; 2012.
- The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle by Ann Goggins Gregory & Don Howard, Stanford Social Innovation Review: Fall 2009.
Recommended Print Publications about Philanthropy:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Town and Country, June philanthropy issue each year
What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting, published by Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC (jjco.com)
Recommended Books about Philanthropy:
- Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey
- Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn't Manage You, Marla Brill
- Wealth in Families, Charles Collier
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins
- Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer
- Inspired Philanthropy, 2nd Edition, Tracy Gary
- High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan Wendroff
- Town & Country, The Guide to Intelligent Giving: Make a Difference in the World -- and in Your Own Life, Joanna Krotz
- Don't Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty
- The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs
- The Cathedral Within, Bill Shore
- Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman
- The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources, Lynne Twist