America’s Religious Congregations: Measuring Their Contribution to Society. Washington, D.C.: Independent Sector, 2000.
This publication reports on the variety of activities other than religious worship and education offered by America’s religious congregations. the report presents analysis from two national surveys conducted by Independent Sector in 1998 and 1993, as well as data from the biennial survey Giving and volunteering in the United States 1999.
Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Faith-Based Management: Leading Organizations That Are Based on
More than Just Mission. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1999.
This book reveals the management techniques and results needed to match the long-term spiritual goals of individual, faith-based organizations, and the larger, possibly worldwide parent organizations.
Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Mission-Based Management: Leading Your Not-for-Profit Into the 21stCentury, Second Edition. New York, NY: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2000.
This second edition has been expanded to provide a comprehensive plan for successfully meeting all of the challenges of today’s nonprofit manager while remaining true to the overall mission of the organization. This is a workbook and CD-Rom combination and the idea, suggestions and theories can be applied to your own organization.
Burlingame, Dwight F. (Ed.). Taking Fundraising Seriously: The Spirit of Faith and Philanthropy. New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising. Vol. 35. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2002.
Gaining a better understanding of the relationship between spiritual motivation and identification in philanthropic practice is the focus for this issue. It is based on viewpoints presented at the 14th Annual Symposium sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, October 2001. Articles stem from the idea that our underlying spiritual values do, in fact, affect our philanthropy.
Busby, Dan. Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide: For 2009 Tax Returns. Grand Rapids, MI. Zondervan. 2010.
The Zondervan 2010 Church and Nonprofit Tax and Financial Guide is the most accessible, complete, and easy-to-follow tax and financial guide of its kind, explaining complex tax concerns in plain language.
Callahan, Kennon L. Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church: A Guide for EveryMember. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1997.
This complete guide to giving and stewardship sheds new light on solid financial resources, one of the 12 keys to building an effective church. Here is a practical plan for the growth and development of giving.
Chaves, Mark and Sharon L. Miller (Eds.). Financing American Religion. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1999.
Readable essays representing the best, most up-to-date research and thinking on the intersections of money & religion.
Christopher, J. Clif. Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship. Nashville, TN. Abingdon Press. 2008.
Explains why people don’t often give to churches because congregations dont give them a compelling vision of the good it will do
Conway, Daniel, and Cecelia Hart Price (Eds.). The Practice of Stewardship in Religious Fundraising. New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising. Vol. 17. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 1997.
In this issue the authors discuss the accountability of the fundraiser to the donor and public. Includes an interview with Henry Rosso, a leader in professionalization of fundraising.
Durall, Michael. Beyond the Collection Plate: Overcoming Obstacles to Faithful Giving. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2003.
This is a guide to building healthy congregational attitudes and practices toward managing and spending financial resources.
Esau, Jill. Start and Grow Your Faith-Based Nonprofit: Answering Your Call in the Service ofOthers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2005.
Written specifically for grassroots faith-based groups, this is a tool for the thousands of individuals, churches, and para-church organizations that heal emotional, physical, and spiritual wounds through faith-based social service programming. Esau provides professional 84 step-by-step guidance on issues such as church sponsorship, volunteer management, observing government regulations and certification, fiscal responsibilities, partnering with complimentary programs, and much more.
Faith and Philanthropy: The Connection Between Charitable Behavior and Giving to Religion.Washington, D.C.: Independent Sector, 2002.
Faith and Philanthropy explores the links between faith and charitable giving and illustrates how the values and beliefs of religious-giving households influence their decisions to make donations and volunteer to all types of nonprofit organizations.
Farnsley II, Arthur E., N.J. Demerath III, Etan Diamond, Mary L. Mapes, and Elfriede Wedam. Sacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2004.
This study of the religious landscape of Indianapolis—the summative volume of the Lilly Endowment’s Project on Religion and Urban Culture conducted by the Polis Center at IUPUI—aims to understand religion’s changing role in public life. The book examines the shaping of religious traditions by the changing city. It sheds light on issues such as social capital and faith-based welfare reform and explores the countervailing pressures of “de- centering”—the creation of multiple (sub)urban centers—and civil religion’s role in binding these centers into one metropolis.
Horak, Edumund. (2010). The Money Moment: How to Encourage a Lifestyle of Giving. Mustang, OK.
Giving and stewardship are often quickly skimmed over and ministers are relieved to move on to the next subject. Yet the problems of an incomplete understanding of giving are not so easily avoided. The Money Moment shares insight and how-to for leaders and the Body of Christ with a complete program of giving.
Hudnut-Beumler, James. Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking Ethics and Money. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, Inc., 1999.
This book examines issues of stewardship facing religious organizations in the new millennium.
Jamal, Margaret, Faith legacies; Program and Development Guide for Faith-BasedNonprofits. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace, 2009.
Faith Legacies offers information, insight and strategies to help readers acquire the mindset, skills, relationships and resources needed in order to sustain an effective social services outreach. Faith Legacies includes a biblically based guide for planting good works to produce good fruit.
Jeavons, Thomas, and Rebekah Burch Basinger. Growing Givers’ Heart: TreatingFundraising as Ministry. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2000.
For the Christian reader this book illustrates a spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture current and prospective donors and facilitate their growth in faith. This innovative approach empowers readers to work in spiritually grounded, deeply creative, and professionally satisfying ways.
Jeavons, Thomas H. When the Bottom Line is Faithfulness: Management of ChristianServiceOrganizations. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Explores the special requirements for management and leadership in Christian social service organizations, and proposes ways these requirements can be met.
Klein, Kimberly. Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Program for Religious Organizations and Projects: Leader Manual. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2000. This book offers a comprehensive training package for faith-based nonprofits, with instructions for developing a full-fledged fundraising strategy.
Outcalt, Todd. Ready-to-Go Fundraisers: 50 Ways to Fund Your Ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007.
These ready-made fundraising packages are completely accessorized with everything needed to easily prepare and smoothly execute youth ministry fundraising activities that utilize youth participation.
Queen, Edward L. (Ed.). Serving Those In Need: A Handbook for Managing Faith-BasedHuman Service Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2000.
This book is a collection of advice from leading researchers and experienced service providers, offering faith-based nonprofits practical models for delivering a range of services, building organizational capacity, and ensuring adequate financial support.
Reeves, Michael. Extraordinary Money! Understanding the Church Capital Campaign. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 2002.
Extraordinary Money! helps church leaders examine the issues involved in developing and carrying out a capital fundraising campaign. Although not a capital campaign program, it is an excellent tool to help churches determine if a capital campaign suits their setting, then, if so, select an appropriate program and carry it out successfully.
Ronsvalle, John L. and Sylvia Ronsvale. The State of Church Giving Through 2008. Champaign, IL. empty tomb, inc. 2010.
In addition to historical statistical data, the authors interpret church member giving trends, potential growing, in addition to useful websites for further investigation.
Shore, William H. The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back. New York, NY: Random House, 2001.
The author uses the model of a cathedral to demonstrate that large dreams are community efforts that reach beyond personal lifetimes to accomplish and that appear impossible until the collective brainpower of the community engages to find a solution. In it are the inspirational stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This book suggests practical ways for American wealth to be redefined, redistributed, and built upon foundations that include social interests.
Simms, Dr. Michael Keith. Faith Entrepreneurs: Empowering People b y Faith, NonprofitOrganizational Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2006.
Faith Entrepreneurs is designed to equip leaders who want to launch bold entrepreneurial initiatives of faith-based people to empower institutions that are compassionate, caring, and healing.
Skjegstad, Joy. Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2002. This volume outlines the step-by-step procedures for setting up a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization connected to a congregation using simple, easy-to-understand terminology and plenty of examples from churches that have already taken on this task.
Smith, Christian and Michael O. Emerson w/ Patricia Snell. Passing the Plate. Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money. Oxford, New York. Oxford University Press. 2008.
This eye-opening book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve matters. If American Christians gave more generously, say the authors, any number of worthy projects — from the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS to the promotion of inter-religious understanding to the upgrading of world missions — could be funded at astounding levels. Analyzing a wide range of social surveys and government and denominational statistical datasets and drawing on in-depth interviews with Christian pastors and church members in seven different states, the book identifies a crucial set of factors that appear to depress religious financial support — among them the powerful allure of a mass-consumerist culture and its impact on Americans’ priorities, parishioners’ suspicions of waste and abuse by nonprofit administrators, clergy’s hesitations to boldly ask for money, and the lack of structure and routine in the way most American Christians give away money. In their conclusion, the authors suggest practical steps that clergy and lay leaders might take to counteract these tendencies and better educate their congregations about the transformative effects of generous giving.
Smith, David H. Editor. Religious Giving for Love of God. Bloomington, IN. Indiana University Press. 2010.
The underlying theme is the connection between religion and giving within the Abrahamic traditions. Authors assume that there is something inherently right or natural about the connection. But what exactly is it? To whom should we give, how much should we give, what is the relationship between our giving and our relationship to God? Writing for the introspective donor, congregational leader, or student interested in ways of meeting human needs, the authors focus on the philosophical or theological dimensions of giving. The contributors’ goal is to provide thoughtful, constructive guidance to the reader — informed by a critical understanding of the religious traditions under review.
Transformed Giving Campaign Handbook: Realizing Your Church’s Full StewardshipPotential. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006.
Transformed Giving is a stewardship campaign with a difference. This approach involves six weeks of church-wide focus on personal spiritual growth and emphasizes increased giving as a response to deepening faith. This program can be used by congregations of any size for transformed giving.
Willmer, Wesley K. Editor. Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards to be Rich Toward God. Chicago, IL. Moody Publishers. 2008
As Wes Willmer writes, “Generosity is the natural outcome of God’s transforming work in individuals when they are conformed to the image of Christ.” Authors include sample checklist, questionnaire, survey, websites, to assist readers in expanding their understanding of giving within the church setting.
Wuthnow, Robert, After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. Interpreting new evidence from scores of in-depth interviews and surveys, revealed is a generation of younger adults who, unlike the baby boomers that preceded them, are taking their time establishing themselves in careers, getting married, starting families of their own, and settling down–resulting in an estimated six million fewer regular churchgoers.
Zevit, Shawn Israel. Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities.Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2005.
Zevit writes with passion and authority on the connection between faith and the financial decisions made by individuals and congregations. This book provides texts and tools to help clergy, staff, and lay leaders approach financial and other resources as core means to build and maintain whole and holy lives in a communal setting. Zevit demonstrates how faith communities can create values-based approaches to developing and managing financial and human resources that are rooted in the sacred traditions, principles, and impulses that bring us together. Topics covered demonstrate how imperative it is that health care development professionals understand the environment in which health care providers operate today in order to build effective philanthropy.
Anheier, Helmut and Sibhan Daly. The Politics of Foundations Comparative Perspectives from Europe & Beyond. New York, NY: Routledge, 2007.
This new volume presents a systematic and comparative analysis of the current and future role of foundations in Europe and beyond. It includes a mapping and appraisal of foundation visions, policies and strategies, and an overall assessment of the current and future policy environment in which they operate. Developed from an international research project, this study includes twenty country studies comparing foundations in Europe, the Europe Union and the US.
Ilchman, Warren F., S. N. Katz, E. L. Queen and W. Warren (Eds.). Philanthropy in theWorld’s Traditions. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998.
Though voluntary association for the public good is often though of as a peculiarly Western, even Christian concept, this book demonstrates that there are rich traditions of philanthropy in cultures throughout the world. Essays study philanthropy in Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, and Native American religious traditions, as well as many other cultures.
Karoff, Peter and Jane Maddox. The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy andSocial Change. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press with The Philanthropic Initiative, 2007.
The World We Want contains conversations with more than forty social entrepreneurs, activists, nonprofit leaders, and philanthropists who are changing notions of ‘the human condition’ in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and North America, describing how new partnerships and approaches are reducing suffering and gaining greater equity for people everywhere.
Koenig, Bonnie. Going Global for the Greater Good: Succeeding as a Nonprofit in theInternational Community. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2004.
Going Global for the Greater Good looks at the way nonprofits—of any size—can increase their impact and better achieve their missions by engaging in the international community.
An in-depth study regarding development NGOs and the issues facing them in the current atmosphere of increasing accountability, policies that influence them, and alternative development theories.
Salamon, Lester M., S. Wojciech Sokolowki and Associates. Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume Two. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2004.
Documents for the first time the scope, size, composition, and financing of the nonprofit, or civil society, in 36 countries, including in-depth analysis of 14 countries, most of them in Africa, 37 Asia, and the Middle East. Also unveils a new “global civil society index.”
Wagner, Lilya, and Julio A. Galindo (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Fundraising. New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, No. 46. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2005. Written by international fundraising professionals, this volume offers information on how fundraising is accomplished in many parts of the world, and addresses similarities and differences in practices. A useful volume for international professionals and helpful in understand how fundraising is a global activity.
Rich, Patricia and Dana Hines. Membership Development: An Action Plan for Results. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc., 2002.
This book is written for membership staff, boards, and executives with specific information on how to build an effective working board. Topics covered include planning, membership and fundraising, getting and keeping members, volunteers, and the internet. The book includes worksheets, budgets, and helpful case studies, plus software information.
Robinson, Ellis M. M., and Kim Klein (Ed.). The Nonprofit Membership Toolkit. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2003.
Written for both new and well-established organizations, this book is grounded in proven marketing techniques. Step by step on how to create, manage, and sustain a dynamic membership program that will help a social change organization thrive.
Festen, Marcia and Marianne Philbin. Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits CanTackle Evaluation and Talk Results. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2006.
Level Best offers guidance that demystifies evaluation and takes into account the unique challenges and realities of grassroots nonprofit organizations. It provides a new framework for thinking about evaluation and tools for measuring and sharing results in ways that are practical, efficient, and meaningful.
Hodiak, Diane L. and Michael J. Henley. Fundraising and Marketing in the One-Person Shop: Achieving Success with Limited Resources. Minneapolis, MN: Development Resource Center, 2002.
Written to show how the small nonprofit can raise money on a shoestring budget.
Jordan, Ron and Katelyn Quynn. Planned Giving for Small Nonprofits. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.
Directors and managers of small nonprofits are guided in a step-by-step process to an understanding in establishing a planned-giving program. Seven central aspects for managing a planned-giving program are outlined from the standpoint of the smaller nonprofit with limited resources.
Klein, Kim. Fundraising for Social Change. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,2007.
Written as a reference for the beginner and a refresher for the experienced, Fundraising for Social Change explores all of the major aspects of fundraising. Charts, check lists and samples are a few of the offerings in this must-have source.
Roth, Stephanie and Mimi Ho. The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to RaisingMoney for Your Cause. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2005.
The Accidental Fundraiser is a how-to resource that guides nonprofits through the process of raising money from the community. The book presents fundraising strategies that are easy to carry out and don’t require significant funds, large numbers of people, or extensive knowledge of fundraising.