We’ve collected — and will continue to add — resources that we consult to learn more about society, nonprofits, and philanthropy, along with answers to the questions we hear most often & much more.

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We count on these news sources and organizations to keep us up to date on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector:

On philanthropy:

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Chronicle of Philanthropy

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center




Stanford Social Innovation Review

Independent Sector

Independent Sector

Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Times

Nonprofit Times

Council on Foundations

Council on Foundations

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Philanthropy Journal

Philanthropy Journal

On Nonprofit management:


Blue Avocado



Support Center for Nonprofit Mgmt

Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Center for Nonprofits

Center for Nonprofits



Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership

Volunteer Connect NJ

Volunteer Connect NJ

On Development:



Gift Planning Council NJ

Gift Planning Council NJ

Planned Giving Design Center

Planned Giving Design Center

On Nonprofit marketing & communications:


Big Duck NYC


Nonprofit Resource Center


Nonprofit Marketing Guide


Facebook for Nonprofits

On technology and networking:






Knight Foundation


Beth Kanter: Networked Nonprofits



Giving 2.0 Project U

giving2For educators and students of philanthropy, Giving 2.0 Project U is a free, open-source initiative to advance the educational, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy. The website includes case studies, teaching resources including syllabi, discussion guides, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) starting soon, which founder Laura Arrillage-Andreessen will teach for Stanford University and Giving 2.0.


What’s on the Community Foundation bookshelf? Here are some of our favorites, broken down by topic. Titles are linked wherever more information, excerpts or previews (courtesy of Google Books) are available online.

Perspectives on Community & Society

American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare, Jason DeParle, Penguin, 2005, 432 pages. ISBN: 0143034375

Better Together: Restoring the American Community, Robert D. Putnam & Lewis M. Feldstein with Donald J. Cohen, Simon & Schuster, 2003, 336 pages. ISBN: 0743235460

Bloomberg by Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997, 261 pgs. ISBN: 0-471-15545-4

Bowling Alone: The Collapse & Revival of American Community, Robert D. Putnam, Simon & Schuster, 2001, 544 pages. ISBN: 0743203046

Building Communities From the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets, John P. Kretzmann & John L. McKnight, ACTA Publications, 1997, 376 pages. ISBN: 087946108X

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds, Howard Gardner, Harvard University Press, 2004, 244 pages. ISBN: 1-57851-709-5

Fist Stick Knife Gun, Geoffrey Canada, Beacon Press, 1996. ISBN: 0807004235

GiveSmart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas J. Tiernet and Joel L. Fleishman, Public Affairs, 2011, 257 pages.

The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, Peter Singer, Random House, 2009. ISBN: 9781400067107

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen, David Hilfiker, MD, Seven Stories Press, 2003, 160 pages. ISBN: 1583226079

“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” — And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, Basic Books, 1999, 270 pgs. ISBN: 0-465-09129-6

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Thomas Friedman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 488 pgs. ISBN: 0374292884

What Would Google Do? Jeff Jarvis, Harper Business, 2009, 272 pgs. ISBN: 0061709719

Nonprofit Management, Evolution, & Evaluation

Building Nonprofit Capacity: A guide to managing change through organizational lifecycles, John Brothers and Anne Sherman, Jossey Bass, 2012, 195 pages.

Chief Executive Transitions: How to hire and support a nonprofit CEO, Don Tebbe, BoardSource, 2008, 112 pages.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, Jossey-Bass, 2008, 313 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-7879-8612-4

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, Jim Collins, 2001, 300 pgs. ISBN: 0066620996

Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins, Boulder, CO, 2005, 36 pgs. ISBN-10: 0-9773264-0-3

Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, Richard  P. Chait, William P. Ryan, & Barbara E. Taylor, John Wiley & Sons, 2004, 224 pages. ISBN: 0471684201

How Effective Nonprofits Work: A Guide for Donors, Board Members, and Foundation Officers, Marcia Festen & Marianne Philbin, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, 2002, 102 pages. ASIN: B0006S3NIM.


Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, Susan Kenny Stevens, PhD, Stagewise Enterprises, Inc., 2001, 140 pgs. ISBN: 0-9717305-0-4

The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide, Tom Adams, Jossey Bass, 2010, 358 pages

Philanthropic Stories & Best Practices

Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success Through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality, Mary Ellen Capek & Molly Mead, MIT Press, 2006. ISBN: 0-262-03337-2

Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan — A Workbook, Tracy Gary & Melissa Kohner, Chardon Press, 1998, 103 pages. ISBN:1-890759-03-1.

The Millionaire Next Door: the Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, Thomas J. Stanley, PhD and William D. Danko, PhD; Longstreet Press, Inc., 1996, 258 pgs. ISBN: 1-56352-330-2

Not All of Us Are Saints, David Hilfiker, MD; Ballantine Books, 1996, 276 pages. ISBN: 034545975X

The Giving Family, Susan Crites Price, Council on Foundations, 2003, 119 pages. ISBN: 0-913892-99-8

The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism, Claire Gaudiani, Times Books, 2003, 288 pages. ISBN: 0-8050-7196-2

Wealth in Families, Second Edition, Charles W. Collier, The Trustees of Harvard University, 2006, 112 pgs. ISBN: 0-9786345-0-0

Wealthy and Wise: How You and America Can Get the Most Out of Your Giving, Claude Rosenberg, Little Brown, 1994, 224 pages. ISBN: 0316757411

Who Cares: the Surprising Truth About Who Is Charitable, Arthur Brooks, Basic Books, 2006, 256 pages. ISBN: 0465008216

The Foundation: a Great American Secret, Joel Fleishman, PublicAffairs, New York, N.Y., 357 pages. ISBN 1-58648-411-7

The Essence of Strategic Giving: a practical guide for donors and fundraisers, Peter Frumpkin, University of Chicago Press, 2006, 2010. 179 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-26627-5.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, James C. Collins & Jerry I. Porras, Harper Business, 1997. ISBN: 0887306713

Philanthropy in America: A History, Oliver Zunz, Princeton University Press, 2011, 396 pgs. ISBN: 9780691128368

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Jossey-Bass, 2011, 320 pgs. ISBN: 1118119401

Giving: How Each of Us can Change the World, Bill Clinton, Knopf, 2007, 240 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-307-26674-3

The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune, Conor O’Clery, PublicAffairs, 2007, 329 pgs. ISBN: 1-58648-391-9


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Q & A

We’ve published some of the questions we hear most often, along with responses, for donors, nonprofits, and professional advisors. If you have a question you would like to see included in these documents — or would like to schedule a time to meet with us in person to discuss your philanthropy, please contact us.

Community Foundation Publications and Research


Community Foundation Events & Presentations

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