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The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations

The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations

October 30, 2013
Brett E. Egan, Michael M. Kaiser (Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2013)

In The Cycle, Michael Kaiser draws on his extensive experience to illustrate how "good art, well marketed" attracts loyal audiences, volunteers, board members, and donors whose support can be reinvested in developing even bolder, more exciting programming, eventually creating a positive feedback loop with a circular momentum of its own...

Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement

September 21, 2013
Derrick Feldmann, Kari Dunn Saratovsky (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2013)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews the new book by Saratovsky, the former vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation, and Feldmann, the CEO of Achieve, that provides a long-term model nonprofits can use to connect with the millennial generation....

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

June 17, 2013
Jonathan M. Katz (New York, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013)

The account by Katz — the only American full-time news correspondent stationed in Haiti at the time — of the humanitarian response to the massive earthquake that struck in 2010 explains what went wrong in the aid response and why, and highlights what the international community needs to learn from this disaster....

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

May 16, 2013
Zoltan J. Acs (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews a book by the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University which defines a uniquely American cycle of dynamic entrepreneurialism and philanthropy, and calls for a return to the values of giving back, particularly among the "new rich"....

The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action

The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action

February 11, 2013
Charles Bronfman, Jeffrey Solomon, John Sedgwick (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2012)

PND's Regina Mahone reviews the second book by Bronfman and Solomon — chairman and president, respectively, of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies — which is chock-full of practical advice for committed changemakers looking to turn a "do-gooder" idea into a lasting program or organization....

Twenty Ways to Make a Difference: Stories from Small Foundations

Twenty Ways to Make a Difference: Stories from Small Foundations

January 16, 2013
Andy Carroll (Washington, District of Columbia: Association of Small Foundations, 2012)

The Foundation Center's Chuck Bartelt reviews Carroll's latest, which draws on the experiences of Association of Small Foundations members to illustrate how relatively small amounts of money can be put to work to change lives, increase educational and economic opportunities, strengthen human connections, and build a more sustainable environment....