nonprofit nerd reads

November is a month where, in the United States, a lot of talk turns to giving.  Naturally, most of the discussion stems from our Thanksgiving Holiday but also because the Christmas ads have been playing since Halloween and the day after Thanksgiving marks the official start of the Holy Crap, it’s almost Christmas! I have to start buying presents! frenzy.  I normally stay safely indoors on Black Friday, but for the first time ever, I will venture out at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for the chance to buy–you guessed it–books.  Come on, what did you expect? 🙂   With giving back in mind, here’s what I’m hoping to add to my nonprofit nerd reading list:


  The Call of Service by Robert Coles.  A Harvard psychiatrist, Coles delves into the motivations of why we   serve.  Examining his own service experiences along with others’, this analysis hopes to prove insight into what compels us to help others. 




  A City Year by Suzanne Goldsmith.   Trained as a journalist at Harvard University, this is an account of Goldsmith’s  experience  with Boston’s City Year, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in full-time public service.   I am hoping to see something of my own AmeriCorps experience reflected here, with all of its challenges, roadbumps, lessons and revelations.



If It Takes a Village, Build One by Malaak Compton-Rock.   Described as “part memoir, part practical guide” this book offers advice and interviews with social activists like Bobby Shriver and   Terrie M. Williams on how to make an impact with service projects large and small.  Bonus points for the included list of web resources, service ideas and suggested reading





Do you have any favorite books about volunteering and/or public service? Please share them in the comments!

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