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Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundations Can Build EPIC Partnerships

Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundations Can Build EPIC Partnerships

July 24, 2018
Jane Leu, Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Vu Le (United Kingdom: Red Press Ltd, 2018)

Written by Jessamyn Shams-Lau, executive director of the Peery Foundation, Jane Leu, founder and CEO of Smarter Good, and Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, Unicorns Unite is, according to reviewer Aleda Gagarin, "a highly creative attempt to deconstruct the classic dichotomy between grantmaker and grantseeker"....

How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't

How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't

July 24, 2018
Leslie R. Crutchfield (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018)

While there is no simple recipe for social movement success, Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and her team have identified a number of patterns that distinguish successful social movements from those that failed....

Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice

Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice

June 5, 2018
Maisha T. Winn (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press, 2018)

Maisha T. Winn, a professor of education at the University of California, Davis, makes a compelling case for the use of restorative justice (RJ) practices in schools as a way to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline that has destroyed the lives of too many young people of color....

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

May 8, 2018
Chris Hughes (New York, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2018)

According to our reviewer, Nick Opinsky, what makes Fair Shot so inspiring isn't its bold and straightforward approach to the problem of poverty in America but Hughes' open, honest, and refreshingly human exploration of how his own background, upbringing, and experience led him to advocate for a guaranteed income for low-income and working people, paid for by people like himself....

Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

April 12, 2018
Kathleen Kelly Janus (New York, New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017)

What can nonprofits do to get over the "revenue hump" and achieve long-term, sustainable success? According to our reviewer, Mirielle Clifford, Kathleen Kelly Janus's new book offers strategies, tools, and a trove of insights guaranteed to help any nonprofit, large or small, new or established, thrive and create lasting impact....

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

March 22, 2018
Heesu Jang, Manisha Mirchandani, Ruth A. Shapiro (New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

According to our reviewer, Supriya Kumar, Shapiro, Mirchandani, and Jang's book is a much-needed look at how Asian philanthropy works, how it differs from philanthropy in the West, and what we are likely to see in the way of trends and developments in the coming years....

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

March 14, 2018
Kathryn Moeller (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2018)

Kathryn Moeller argues that the real effect of corporate investment in girls and women has been to mask the historical and structural conditions that perpetuate poverty in the Global South and to de-politicize the demands for fair-labor practices and a more equitable economic order by the very women and girls such investment purports to empower....

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

January 24, 2018
Joel L. Fleishman (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2017)

Foundation Center's Nick Opinsky reviews social sector veteran Joel L. Fleishman's examination of an age-old question: Do I commit all (or most of) my resources to charitable causes in my lifetime, or should I create a giving vehicle that exists in perpetuity?.... 

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities

January 20, 2018
Valerie Bartlett, Antony Bugg-Levine et al (eds.) (San Francisco, California: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017)

PND's Matt Sinclair reviews a collection of essays in which a range of experts make the case that social progress will only be achieved by shifting the collective mindset of community leaders from a short-term focus on outputs to longer-term investments in outcomes....

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

December 11, 2017
Jonathan C. Lewis (United Kingdom: Red Press Publishing, 2017)

Intended as a guide for current and would-be social entrepreneurs, the book outlines twenty-one themes that anyone involved in social change work would do well to reflect on....

Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

November 28, 2017
Michael Moody, Sharna Goldseker (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wylie & Sons, 2017)

Moody and Goldseker argue that next-gen donors are likely to create greater impact than earlier generations — in part because they are more invested in using new tools to effect meaningful, lasting change....

The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

October 26, 2017
Joel Solomon, Tyee Bridge (Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2017)

According to reviewer Stephen Payne, Joel Solomon's memoir-cum-manifesto about the importance of taking "a mission-based" approach to finance and investment is well intentioned but has some blind spots....