At RAINMAKER and Quantum Jump, we do A LOT of reading and consult a lot of sources. Here are some of our favorite places to go for a fresh perspective, new ideas, creative thinking, tips and inspiration.

Quantum Jump Whitepapers: FREE to download:

Scarcity - A Cultural Pathology: How the Words You Use Impact Your Bottom Line
Fundraisers: Are You On The Right Track?
The Law of Enrollment Meets the Ask

Sites We Visit:

A Goodman Online: Good ideas for good causes
Global Sufficiency Network
Wealth for the Common Good
Seven Stones Leadership
The Gilbert Center: Good ideas, good communication, good work
Management Assistance Group: Make Real Change
Building Movement Project: Inspiring Activism in the Nonprofit Community
Common Security Clubs: Coming Together to Prepare for Economic Change
Community of Practice
Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts
Bolder Giving In Extraordinary Times

Videos We Watch:

The Shift: A Movie Being Made By a Movement
The Century of the Self
Ted: Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight
Four Years. Go.
NIKE Soccer: Write the Future
Sam Daley-Harris - Poverty, Purpose, Pitfalls, and Redemption

Books We Read:

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist
The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Recreating the Commons by Peter Barnes
Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change by Chuck Collins, Pam Rogers and Joan Garner
Raising More Money: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Lifelong Donors by Terry Axelrod
25 Metaphors Nonprofits Can Use to Get Their Messages Across - and the Decrepit Dozen to Avoid

Magazines (print and online) We Keep Close at Hand:

Ode: For Intelligent Optimists
Yes Magazine. Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions
Positive Psychology News Daily

Social Profit E-zines We Peruse:

Blue Avocado: practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits
Contributions Magazine: "how-to" source for nonprofit professionals
Grass Roots Institute for Fundraising Training
The Nonprofit Times: The Leading Business Publication for Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit Quarterly
onPhilanthropy: News, Jobs and Resources for the Nonprofit Sector
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Newspaper of the Nonprofit World
Network for Good
idealware: Candid reviews and information about nonprofit software

Resources for Fundraising Basics:

Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
Foundation Center: Online training courses
Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies by Michael Seltzer
Fundraising for Social Change by Kim Klein
Nine Clever Ways to Thank Your Donors

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