Think before you speak. Read before you think.” ― Fran Lebowitz
Lebowitz has provided some great advice. However, with so many options, what should you read? As the official end of summer draws near, I thought I’d provide some suggestions for you. In turn, I hope you’ll share your own recommendations.
Here are some suggested quick reads…my five most read blog posts so far this year:
- “Stop Showering All of Your Donors with Love!“
- “Stop Making Stupid Email and Direct Mail Mistakes“
- “Do You Know that “Planned Giving” is Bad for Fundraising?“
- “Avoid a Big Mistake: Stop Asking for Bequest Gifts!“
- “Donors Say: Enough about You. Let’s Talk about Me!“
To discover other blog sites you might want to visit, checkout the following best-of lists that I’ve been honored to be part of:
- “The Best Nonprofit Fundraising Blogs and Websites of 2016” — The Fundraising Authority
- “64 Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2016” — Bloomerang
- “20 Fundraising Blogs Every Nonprofit Leader Should Be Reading Now” — Fundlio
- “23 (Plus 6!) Fundraising Websites and Blogs Every Fundraiser Should Read” — The Sponsorship Collective
To help bloggers and readers more easily connect, I created the LinkedIn Discussion Group “Blog Posts for Fundraising Pros & Nonprofit Managers.” Bloggers can promote their latest posts and readers can easily find those that interest them most and engage in thoughtful conversation, all in one place. Join the Group to get updates about information you’ll find helpful. You can find the Group by clicking here.
To help you find books that will get results and inspire, I created The Nonprofit Bookstore (powered by Amazon). At the site, you’ll get Amazon’s great prices and service. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that, at no cost to you, a portion of each purchase will be donated to charity. At The Nonprofit Bookstore, you can search for books or browse categories including “Readers Recommend.” Among the books you’ll find there is my own: Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing. You can find all of the books your peers suggest by clicking here.