Last summer I posted 93 Days of Summer: Rest, Relax, Read. That article included links to information about books and articles about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
I have been continuing along similar lines this summer but am including both fiction and nonfiction. Nic Stone’s book Dear Martin took me on a journey through territory that I previously viewed only from the perspective of a Caucasian woman. It’s a must-read (though be prepared to experience an incredibly wide range of emotions).
On the non-fiction side, I have three books waiting in the wings that I expect will also expand my thinking:
- Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy. I’ve met author Kathleen Loehr who is formerly of Indiana University and is now with Aspen Leadership Group. Check out Kathleen’s LinkedIn posts on this topic if you have time to read the book.
- Ambition in Black & White (Center for Talent Innovation) by Melinda Marshall and Tai Winfield. This one promises to provide intriguing perspectives about both black and white women in the workforce (black and white being terms used in the Amazon description).
- Belief and Confidence: Donors Talk about Successful Philanthropic Partnership by Ron Schiller, Aspen Leadership Group. This is a review of what Ron learned from a series of interviews with what he calls highly active board members and donors. I have already started this book and am looking forward to the remaining chapters.
I have already finished Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Greatby Jim Collins. The flywheel concept is so elegant, so simple, yet has led to deep thought. This is a worthwhile read for those trying to understand how to clearly define an organization’s mission and what keeps moving it forward toward fulfilling that mission (the flywheel).
As I travel I will also be reading Pursuant reports (I’m listening to terrific Go Beyond podcasts when I walk in the morning). Charity Channel articles, Giving Tomorrow (from plannedgiving.com), and many others are on my list.
What are you reading or listening to this summer? I hope to hear from you because we can all learn from one another. As well you might provide a resource which I can share with students enrolled in Penn State’s all online certificate programs in fundraising leadership (one graduate one undergraduate).
Sophie is the President of i5 fundraising and the author of Fundraisers Channeling Fred Rogers. She is the co-editor of one of NASPA’s news publications Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar and co-author of Dollars for Dreams: Student Affairs Staff as Fundraisers.
Sophie receives no income or other consideration for mentioning the above resources. She does receive a modest amount of royalties for sales of Dollars for Dreams.