Nonprofit Lending library

Books will be available on a first come, first served basis to staff and board members of local nonprofit organizations. Loans will be offered for 30 days. Please return books in a timely fashion so that others may have an opportunity to read them, too.

Books can be picked up and returned from The Community Foundation Office at 201 E. Jackson Street, Muncie, IN. Please contact Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer, at 765-747-7181 or with questions.

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Strictly Business: Planning Strategies for Privately Owned Businesses
David K Cahoone & Larry W. Gibbs with Sidney Eagle & Brian A. Eagle
Editors Cahoone and Gibbs, both of whom are lawyers experienced with business and tax law, have drawn on the expertise of numerous contributors (lawyers, accountants, financial planners, business people) to prepare this guide for entrepreneurs, including those who are still in the dreaming stage and others who have already made the leap. In a clear, straightforward question-and-answer format, they explain the basics of starting and operating a business. Coverage includes topics such as choosing the correct entity type, retirement plans for key employees, and exit and estate planning. A listing of various information resources for business owners is appended.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer
Jim Collins
Jim Collins Answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. Based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders.The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones.

Strengthening Nonprofit Performance: A Funder's Guide to Capacity Building
Paul Connolly and Carol Lukas
Get the most out of your grantmaking Authors Paul Connolly, Vice President, Conservation Company, and Carol Lukas, President, Fieldstone Alliance, synthesize the most recent capacity-building practice and research into a collection of strategies, steps, and examples that funders can use to get started on or improve their funding to strengthen nonprofits. Who this book is for: Funders new to capacity building, looking for step-by-step guidance; Funders with years of capacity building experience, looking for new approaches and examples of other funders' approaches; A range of grantmakers, including venture philanthropists, community foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations, and government funders; Funders wishing to expand their work to address community needs locally, nationally, or outside the U.S; Consultants, trainers, management support organizations, and other capacity builders. Benefits you'll get: Learn compelling reasons for investing in capacity building;

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
Leslie R. Crutchfiled & Heathe McLeod Grant with foreward by Steve Case
An innovative guide to how great nonprofits achieve extraordinary social impact.What makes great nonprofits great? Authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant searched for the answer over several years, employing a rigorous research methodology which derived from books on for-profits like Built to Last. They studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact—from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation—and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world. This book has lessons for all readers interested in creating significant social change, including nonprofit managers, donors and volunteers.

Creating a Culture of Excellence: Changing the World of Work One Person at a Time
Wil Davis
What would it require for our businesses to build and sustain a unique competitive advantage based on the value-add of our team members? From both personal and corporate experience gained over the last twenty-five years, Wil Davis has come to the conclusion that businesses need to reinvent themselves around value systems that work for both the individuals in the company and the company itself. Only by successfully engaging the whole persons with whom we work can we find the collective wisdom to build sustained commercial success. This book chronicles the merits and benefits of creating a corporate culture that breeds personal excellence for our team members, which is the solid foundation for organizational excellence and lasting success.

Thank God It's Monday!: How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love
Roxanne Emmerish
Thank God It’s Monday! is about loving what you’re doing and creating massive results. Roxanne Emmerich introduces you to two CEOs: one desperately struggling to stay afloat and another who’s discovered a better route to growth and profitability. As you join them both on their journey, you’ll gain valuable insights for jumpstarting positive change from anywhere in the organization…replacing dysfunctional organizational behaviors with passion and creativity…overcoming setbacks…making vision and values actually work!

Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
Getting to Yes is a straightforward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken -- and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict -- whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

The Experience Economy: Work is Theater & Every Business a Stage
B. Joseph Pine II, James H. Gilmore
Future economic growth lies in the value of experiences and transformations--good and services are no longer enough. We are on the threshold, say authors Pine and Gilmore, of the Experience Economy, a new economic era in which all businesses must orchestrate memorable events for their customers. The Experience Economy offers a creative, highly original, and yet eminently practical strategy for companies to script and stage the experiences that will transform the value of what they produce. From America Online to Walt Disney, the authors draw from a rich and varied mix of examples that showcase businesses in the midst of creating personal experiences for both consumers and businesses.


Evaluation for Foundations: Concepts, Cases, Guidelines, and Resources
Jan Corey Arnett, Robert Matthews Johnson, Barbara H. Kehrer
Shows how foundations can use evaluation to strengthen their own and their grantees' programs. Introduces the concept of evaluation and offers practical, how-to advice for foundations interested in, or beginning to formulate a strategy for, evaluation.

Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations
Steven E. Mayer
Endorsed as essential reading in the field, this small book summarizes the workings and accomplishments of the Ford/MacArthur Leadership Program for Community Foundations. The initiative, operated between 1987 and 1993, had many design features key to its successful results. The book details these features and contains lessons for growing community foundations and making them useful to communities.

Foundation Trusteeship: Service in the Public Interest
John W. Nason
John Nason, drawing on years of experience as a trustee, guides foundation officials and their boards through difficulties and provides insights into critical areas of concern.

Changing Communities, Changing Foundation: The Story of the Diversity Efforts of Twenty Community Foundations
Laura Waterman Wittstock and Theatrice Williams
This book's mission is to help socially concerned organizations become more effective in their efforts to build healthier, stronger and more vital communities.

Endowment Management: A Practical Guide
Jay A. Yoder
A guide to managing endowments


Preparing Your Capital Campaign
Marilyn Bancel, CFRE
In this hands-on workbook, fund raising expert Marilyn Bancel shows you how to prepare your organization to embark on a successful capital campaign, detailing each step that must be taken before the launch. Preparing Your Capital Campaign--part of the Excellence in Fund Raising Workbook Series--breaks down the preparation stage into practical, manageable parts, outlining in straightforward language such essentials as creating a campaign timetable, setting up the campaign committee, determining a campaign goal, and getting the whole organization ready for a fund raising drive. Packed with useful resources, this nuts-and-bolts workbook includes a campaign skills checklist, strategies for estimating fund raising costs, a sample campaign budget, and a list of Web sites tailored to the specific needs of fund raisers.

RelationShift: Revolutionary Fundraising
Michael Bassoff and Steve Chandler
Best-selling author Steve Chandler and one of America's most innovative, successful fundraisers Michael Bassoff have coauthored this unique book to teach you their easy-to-follow, proven system for creating new relationships that lead to raising millions of dollars.

Giving Done Right

Phil Buchanan
A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another--from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you're in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference?

A Guide to Best Fundraising Practices:The Nine Guiding Principles & 50 Practical Tips for Successful Fundraising

Henry B. Freeman and Joan Baumgartner Brown
The complete Nine Guiding Principles & 50 Practical Tips package is a comprehensive training and educational package designed for development professionals and non-profit leadership. Information is presented in two formats: one for visual learners (and group discussion) and one for those who learn best through the written word.

Smart & Caring: A Donor's Guide to Major Gifting
Richard & Linda Livingston with contributions by Kathleen Hammond & William Rogers
"This is a book written by donors for donors. The authors bring a commonsense directness to a subject that often gets bogged down in detail and complexity. They address the issues, actions and rewards of major gifting from a fresh prospective-that of the donors themselves. It is a comprehensive book that addresses the three sides of major gifting; personal, technical and financial. The Livingstons have done us all a favor by partnering with their estate attorney and their CPA to ensure that their discussions remain technically accurate while staying in the comfort zone of the layman reader"

Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors
Diana S. Newman with Mindy Berry, Jessica Chao, Henry A. J. Ramos, Mary-Frances Winters
Sponsored by the prestigious Council on Foundations, Opening Doors is a down-to-earth guide for fundraising practitioners who want to broaden their funding base and reach new donors or improve the diversity of their existing development programs. Based in solid research, Opening Doors provides information about the cultural and charitable practices of four broad groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. It is filled with illustrative personal stories, real-life examples, and proven strategies.

Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards
Dave Sternberg
Motivate and empower your board to get wholeheartedly involved in fundraising. This completely updated version of one of BoardSource's best-selling books explains how board members, development officers, and chief executives can clarify the process of successful fundraising, target and approach potential funders, and increase levels of support. They will discover why some donors give...and why others do not. Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards is filled with practical, actionable advice and includes a quiz to assess your board's fundraising culture, role playing exercises, a sample board member letter of agreement, and a fundraising checklist. In addition, you will receive a CD-ROM with a customizable on-screen presentation. It provides an overview of the board's fundraising responsibilities, the stages of fundraising, and different types of fundraising.


Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth
Ball State University Students
A special report uncovering the stigmas of meth in the Muncie community.

East Central Indiana Magazine
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership
Issue: Taking New Paths 


Giving 2.0: Transforming Your Giving and Our World
Laura Arrillaga-Anderson
Giving 2.0 is the ultimate resource for anyone navigating the seemingly infinite ways one can give. The future of philanthropy is far more than just writing a check, and Giving 2.0 shows how individuals of every age and income level can harness the power of technology, collaboration, innovation, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship to take their giving to the next level and beyond.

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
David Bornstein
How to Change the World provides vivid profiles of social entrepreneurs. The book is an In Search of Excellence for social initiatives, intertwining personal stories, anecdotes, and analysis. Readers will discover how one person can make an astonishing difference in the world.

Wealth in Families
Charles W. Collier
Wealth in Families, a book by Charles W. Collier, Harvard's former senior philanthropic advisor, addresses many of the questions of concern to families of wealth, including ways to teach values to your family through philanthropy. In this book, he writes about the role philanthropy can play in helping families to convey both assets and values from generation to generation.

The Foundation: A Great American Secret
Joel L. Fleishman
Private foundations have been the dynamo of social change since their invention at the beginning of the last century. Yet just over 10 percent of the public knows they even exist; and for those who are aware of them, as well as even those who seek grants from them, their internal workings remain a complete mystery. This book shows how, why foundations matters, and how the future of foundations can provide a vital spur to the engine of the American, and the world's, economy—if they are properly established and run.

The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism
Claire Gaudiani
For more than a century, the United States has stood as a beacon of prosperity and democracy, proof that big business and big dreams could flourish side by side. Yet few Americans realize the crucial role that generosity plays in keeping that fragile balance. A leading voice for community development, scholar and former Connecticut College president Claire Gaudiani examines the crucial role of philanthropy in American prosperity. She traces the entrepreneurial spirit of altruism, finding that generous gifts have powerfully invested in the most critical ingredients of the American economy: people, property, and ingenuity. Rather than pitting the capitalists against the populists, Gaudiani draws a blueprint for a just future, full of opportunities, based on giving.

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It)
Robert D. Lupton
Public service is a way of life for Americans; giving is a part of our national character. But compassionate instincts and generous spirits aren’t enough, says veteran urban activist Robert D. Lupton. In this groundbreaking guide, he reveals the disturbing truth about charity: all too much of it has become toxic, devastating to the very people it’s meant to help.

Charity Begins at Home: Generosity and Self-Interest Among the Philanthropic Elite
Teresa Odendahl
Based on interview switch 140 charitable millionaires, foundation executives, and personal advisers to the wealthy, this controversial book launches a frontal attack on the giving philosophies and practices of the philanthropic elite.

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
Dan Pallotta
Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Where other texts suggest ways to optimize performance inside the existing paradigm, Uncharitable suggests that the paradigm itself is the problem and calls into question our fundamental canons about charity. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society’s nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law. It creates an economic apartheid that denies the nonprofit sector critical tools and permissions that the for-profit sector is allowed to use without restraint (e.g., no risk-reward incentives, no profit, counterproductive limits on compensation, and moral objections to the use of donated dollars for anything other than program expenditures).

The Giving Family: Raising Our Children to Help Others
Susan Crites Price
It's never too early—or too late—to start teaching children the habit of giving. The Giving Family outlines eight specific steps parents, grandparents, teachers, religious leaders and other adults can take to instill the spirit of giving and volunteering in children ages 5 to 18. It explains how children can learn philanthropy in and out of the home, how young people can become involved with nonprofit groups as advisors or even as board members, and how parents can learn from the experiences of family foundations. With tips and activities interspersed throughout, as well as scores of inspired ideas and real stories, this 119-page volume is a must-read for anyone who wants to foster volunteerism and philanthropy in children.

Taking Giving Seriously
Paul G. Schervish and Obie Benz, Peggy Dulany, Thomas B. Murphy, Stanley Salett
Many acts of charitable giving fail in their stated goals and some are actually harmful. In Taking Philanthropy Seriously, the authors explain why this state of affairs exists. They outline solutions, ranging from those that equip philanthropists to do good work to those that build a domain of philanthropic knowledge, ethical codes, and best practices. Attention is also given to considering recipients’ needs, frustrations, and hopes for support. Philanthropic leaders disclose instances of both good and compromised work, show how ethical concerns are secondary to "success" in philanthropy, and reveal strategies to promote effective and ethical conduct.

Where am I Giving?
Kelsey Timmerman
Starting in his hometown of Muncie, Indiana, and then traveling all over the world (Myanmar, Kenya, India, Nepal, and more), Kelsey explores not only different ways of giving—as a worker, consumer, volunteer, giver, local and global citizen—but also the benefits and effectiveness of these methods. He spends time with monks, students, a refugee, a Marine, a former Hollywood executive, Peace Corps Volunteers, and seasoned aid workers to explore how they give, as well as with the people on the receiving end of their giving. Along the way he struggles to be a more informed giver as he becomes a "voluntourist,” starts his own local non-profit, and searches for a balance between rationality and passion in how he gives.


The Board Member's Guide: Making a Difference on Your Board and in Your Community

Richard Adams and Elizabeth Jewel
Designed to assist nonprofit boards in all their various responsibilities, this publication is written by five experienced board members from west-central Ohio. The book contains twenty-three pointed and practical chapters on everything from recruiting and selecting board members to by-laws, mission statements, executive evaluation, and designing board meetings. It includes helpful checklists and templates that make it easy to apply the concepts and recommendations outlined in the text.

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right
Gregory L. Colvin
Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right describes six models of sponsorship that have been approved and accepted by the IRS. It details how the models work and why, how they differ and how they are similar. This book has become the reference bible for projects interested in using fiscal sponsorship — a legal relationship that enables a nonexempt charitable project to raise funds and operate through an exempt sponsor who manages the project's money and reports to funders and tax agencies. Many other administrative services can be provided as well.

East Central Indiana 2016 Snapshot
East Central Indiana Regional Partnership
A snapshot of the 2016 accomplishments of the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership

Kids Count in Indiana 2016 Data Book: A Profile of Child Well-Being
The Indiana Youth Institute
The 2016 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides easily accessible, reliable data regarding childhood well-being in the state of Indiana right at your fingertips. No matter your role in serving children, reading the KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book equips you with the latest information about child well-being in five categories: families and communities, economy, education, health and safety.

2017 Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
The Indiana Youth Institute
The 2017 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides easily accessible, reliable data regarding childhood well-being in the state of Indiana right at your fingertips. No matter your role in serving children, reading the KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book equips you with the latest information about child well-being in five categories: families and communities, economy, education, health and safety.

Legal Reference for Older Hoosiers
Mary Harter Mitchell
A widely recognized reference manual not only for older adults but also for the caregivers, fmilies, social workers, and other professionals who work with or care for this growing segment of the population.

Vision 2021 Five-Year Economic Plan
Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance
A brochure highlighting Muncie's comprehensive five-year economic plan

The Almanac of American Philanthropy
Karl Zinsmeister
A lively compendium of great donors, major achievements, essential books & quotations, vital statistics & polls, history & timeline, and more!


Maxon Corporation: The First 70 Years
Lowell F. Crouse, E. Bruce Geelhoed, Dwight W. Hoover
Describes the 70-year history of the Maxon Coporation in Muncie, IN

Entrepreneurism and Innovation: The Sursa Family and Community Banking in Muncie, Indiana 1927-1995
Geelhoed, E. Bruce. 
Shares the story of the Sursa Family and their role in the Muncie community providing banking services for "the man on the street." 

FACING Poverty: Bridging the Poverty Divide One Story at a Time
The Facing Project
We don't have to know about poverty. If we ignore it, maybe it will go away. Or maybe it will become so heavy it will rip the fabric of our community until we can never again be what we were

FACING Mental Illness: Through an Open Window, The Light Shines
The Facing Project
In these pages, you will find exceptionally insightful and stunning art and poetry depicting the journey through mental illness and the impact it has on our lives.

FACING Disabilities in East Central Indiana
The Facing Project
A series of stories about the people of Central Indiana affected by mental illness

The Facing Project
A series of stories about racism in Muncie

The Facing Project
A series of stories about hope in Rome, Georgia

FACING Teaching
The Facing Project
A series of stories about teachers in Muncie

A Midsummer Night's Narratives: Stories of Home
The Facing Project
A series of stories about why people call Muncie home.

Free the Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that he can Change the World
Craig Kielburger with Kevin Major
Here is the dramatic and moving story of one child's transformation from a normal, middle-class kid from the suburbs to an activist, fighting against child labor on the world stage of international human rights. Making headlines around the globe, Graig Keilburger and his organization, Free the Children, which he founded at the age of twelve, have brought unprecedented attention to the worldwide abuse of children's rights. Free the Children is a passionate and astounding story and a moving testament to the power that children and young adults have to change the world, as witnessed through the achievements of one remarkable young man.

Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey Into the Heart of America

James Fallows and Deborah Fallows
Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself. A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. ... The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves.

The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community
Luke Eric Lassiter, Hurley Goodall, Elizabeth Campbell, Michelle Natasya Johnsons
Prompted by the overt omission of Muncie's black community from the famous community study by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, the authors initiated this project to reveal the unrecorded historical and contemporary life of Middletown, a well-known pseudonym for the Midwestern city of Muncie, Indiana. The authors designed and implemented a collaborative ethnographic field project that involved intensive interviews, research, and writing between community organizations, local experts, ethnographers, and teams of college students. This book is a unique model for collaborative research, easily accessible to students. It will be a valuable resource for instructors in anthropology, creative writing, sociology, community research, and African American studies.

Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism
Richard C. Longsworth
In Caught in the Middle, longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Richard C. Longworth explores the new reality of life in today's heartland and reveals what these changes mean for the region and the country. Ranging from the manufacturing collapse that has crippled the Midwest to the biofuels revolution that may save it, and from the school districts struggling with new migrants to the Iowa meatpacking town that can't survive without them, Longworth addresses what's right and what's wrong in the region, and offers a prescription for how it must change-politically as well as economically-if it is to survive and prosper.

Philanthropy & Rural America
Doug Rule
Building on the first-ever conference on rural philanthropy, this journal captures some of the best ideas from some of the best minds engaged in the topic.

John W. Fisher: What a Life!
Dane Starbuck
Raised in Maryville, Tennessee, and educated at the University of Tennessee and Harvard Business School, John was one of the most extraordinary business and community leaders in Indiana in the second half of the 20th century. He was a corporate and civic leader with a remarkable story of entrepreneurship, ambition, and striving for excellence. 

How Women Can Beat Terrorism
Curt Weeden
In How Women Can Beat Terrorism, author Curt Weeden sounds an urgent warning If the world stays on its present course, terrorism and conflict may take the lives of over million people during the next three decades. How women in the U.S., Europe and other developed nations can empower women in poor countries - and move the word toward a more peaceful tomorrow

The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World - And How to Reach Them
Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen with foreword by Gary Hirshberg
Women are a huge, uniquely receptive but still underutilized audience for a whole range of social and political causes, not just “women’s issues.” In The She Spot, Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen, top executives in the nation’s largest public interest communications firm, explain why women’s enormous potential is still largely untapped. Citing examples from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, they offer specific, detailed advice—much of which flies in the face of conventional wisdom—on how to better connect with women and advance your mission.


All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents
Peter L. Benson
Peter L. Benson introduces forty developmental assets-building blocks of healthy development. These assets--such as family support, intergenerational relationships, clear and consistent boundaries and expectations, participation in constructive activities, and community focus on values--are essential for all youth, regardless of background. Yet too few young people have these support structures in their lives. To increase assets among all kids, the author provides a compelling vision for a healthy community and specific recommendations for individual, family and community action.

On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System
Martha Shirk & Gary Stangler, foreword by former president Jimmy Carter
On Their Own tells the compelling stories of ten young people whose lives are full of promise, but who face economic and social barriers stemming from the disruptions of foster care. This book calls for action to provide youth in foster care the same opportunities on the road to adulthood that most of our youth take for granted--access to higher education, vocational training, medical care, housing, and relationships within their communities. On Their Own is meant to serve as a clarion call not only to policymakers, but to all Americans who care about the future of our young people.