These represent articles/books/DVDs that were referenced during the workshops as well as those that have been shared because of their potential value.

Social Media


  • Focus on Sustainability: A Nonprofit’s Journey – Dennis G. McMillan of the Foraker Group (2013)
    What exactly is sustainability? How is it achieved? Sustainability is about far more than money! This small but insightful book explores those factors that are essential to real organizational sustainability. Available in the WWCC library.
  • 15 policies for sound not-for-profit governance – Ken Tysiac (2013) Journal of Accountancy
    Not-for-profits that don’t follow good governance procedures put the mission at risk unnecessarily. The engaging article describes 15 policies that can help not-for-profits avoid such problems.
  • The Board Chair – Executive Director Relationship: Dynamics that Create Value for Nonprofit Organizations – Mary Hiland (2008) Journal for Nonprofit Management
    An excellent article that dissects the Board Chair – Executive Director relationship, which is a determining factor in an organization’s effectiveness.
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block (2008)
    An excellent resource, which is comprehensive, thought-provoking, and exceptionally well-written about how best to build a sense of community that is relevant to anyone with interest. Available in the WWCC library.
  • Boards That Make a Difference – John Carver (2006)
    Can help your board empower both board and staff, eliminate trivia, establish a meaningful organizational direction, clarify roles, plan productive meetings, establish officers and committees that work, and provide the leadership for which governing boards exist.
  • Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards – Richard Chait, William Ryan and Barbara Taylor (2005)
    A new framework for helping nonprofit organizations maximize the effectiveness of their boards: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement. Available in the WWCC library.
  • Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations – American Bar Associations (2003)
    This guidebook describes the legal principles that apply to nonprofits of all sizes.
  • The CompassPoint Board Model for Governance and Support
    An excellent article on the fundamental responsibilities of nonprofit boards in terms of governance and support of the organization.

Leadership and Management


  • The Importance of Donor Data – Jan McGowan (2011)
    An excellent article that explores why nonprofit organizations should invest in tracking donor data and how it can be effectively and ethically used to raise funds.
  • Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully – Susan Howlett (2010)
    This essential manual identifies the obstacles that keep leaders from fulfilling their responsibilities-and offers simple steps for overcoming each barrier. Available in the WWCC library.
  • Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea – Gary Kinder (1998)
    On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.

Human Resources

  • Evaluating Your Executive Director – The Enterprise Foundation (1999)
    Article on the evaluation process, how and where to gather information, etc., including a Sample Evaluation Form that can easily be incorporated into your organization.
  • Executive Director Evaluation Survey Form – Jan Masaoka, Blue Avocado
    Proposal of a process, evaluation instrument, and survey form.