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Forum Publications

The Forum produces free online publications as well as affordable print publications for the public, potential donors, philanthropic organization, and our members. Topics cover a wide variety of issues and topics, and include some original research on:

  • Giving circles
  • Racial, ethnic and tribal philanthropy
  • Philanthropy infrastructure

Free, downloadable publications are posted as PDFs, which require the Adobe Reader.

Forum Publications

How Effective Nonprofits Work: A Guide for Donors, Board Members, and Foundation Officers
This easy-to-reference primer shortens the traditional learning curve that empowers donors, volunteers and others to become active leaders in nonprofits. The book covers essentials such as assessing nonprofits’ effectiveness; the roles of staff, boards and donors; and the importance of fundraising and preparation for the future. Quick takes on nonprofit strategies, structures, and best practices are interspersed with short essays. Applicable to both new and experienced nonprofit supporters, it blends practical information with analytical perspectives from experts in the field.
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How Effective Nonprofits Work

Available in PDF for the first time, this easy-to-reference primer shortens the traditional learning curve that empowers donors, volunteers and others to become active leaders in nonprofits.
 
The book covers essentials such as assessing nonprofits’ effectiveness; the roles of staff, boards and donors; and the importance of fundraising and preparation for the future. Quick takes on nonprofit strategies, structures, and best practices are interspersed with short essays.
 
Applicable to both new and experienced nonprofit supporters, it blends practical information with analytical perspectives from experts in the field.