Philanthropy Reading

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:

Women's Leadership:

Recommended Articles about Philanthropy:

Recommended Print Publications about Philanthropy:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Financial Times

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 (

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