CompassPoint books offer readers strategic, practical, and easy-to-understand guidance in current nonprofit management and leadership topics. Our approach, which is grounded in our experience working with clients, makes our books a must for any nonprofit. Written by staff experts, CompassPoint publications offer real-world understanding and solutions to the issues facing nonprofit boards and staff.

The following publications are available for purchase at our San Francisco office. We do not ship books, but most of the titles listed below can also be purchased and shipped to you by contacting the publisher directly.

Please call 415.541.9000 x338 to check availability if you are interested in placing a bulk order.

Boards that Love Fundraising
By: Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman

Workbook that provides information on board structure and its impact on raising money, describes methods nonprofits use, and shows how to recruit board members who can help with fundraising.

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Coaching Skills for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders
By: Judith Wilson and Michelle Gislason

This new book fills a gap in the literature for a coaching resource focused on the social sector. This practical guide provides nonprofit managers with an understanding of why and how to coach, how to initiate coaching in specific situations, and how to refine coaching for long-term success.

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Financial Leadership for Nonprofit Executives
By: Jeanne Bell and Elizabeth Schaffer

Provides framework, specific language, and processes to create a financial vision for organizations and to lead with confidence.Details how to protect and grow organizational assets, and accomplish as much mission as possible with these resources.

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Grant Proposal Makeover
By: Cheryl Clarke and Susan Fox

Transforms "ugly duckling" grant proposals into persuasive winners. Illustrates common flaws in proposals and shows how to fix them. Also incorporates opinions from the other side of the desk" by including helpful tips and quotes form foundation program officers and others from the funding community.

Managing Executive Transitions: A Guide for Nonprofits
By: Tim Wolfred

This new book by executive transition expert and CompassPoint Senior Project Director Tim Wolfred guides nonprofits through a change in leadership. It uses a transformational three phase model to help boards and executive directors handle leadership turnovers in a way that prevents problems and sets the organization on a path for long-term success.

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Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
By: By: Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve Zimmerman

This new book offers nonprofit executives and board members a simple yet powerful framework for analyzing and adjusting their business models for greater organizational sustainability. It introduces the Matrix Map, a practical tool for determining the current impact and financial performance of core programs and fundraising activities. And the book's guide to income strategies will be useful to nonprofits working to diversify their funding for financial viability.

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Planet 501c3: The Next Generation
By: Miriam Engelberg

Need a little humor to improve your workday? Check out this second collection of cartoons from CompassPoint's popular web-based comic strip, Planet 501c3.

QuickBooks for Not-for-Profit Organizations
By: Christine L. Manor, CPA - The Sleeter Group

In conjunction with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the Sleeter Group presents this workbook addressing the specific needs of not-for-profit organizations using 2002 or 2004/2005 QuickBooks. Topics include: Unified Chart of Accounts Setup, Restricted Net Assets, End-of-Year Accruals and Deferrals, GAAP Requirements, and Budgeting.

Raise More Money: The Best of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal
By: Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth

This grassroots fundraising journal offers tips, strategies, and guidance on how to raise money from the community, and reduce dependence on foundations.

Revolution in the Mailbox: Your Guide to Successful Direct Mail Fundraising
By: Mal Warwick

A comprehensive survey of direct mail fundraising. Includes real-world examples and illustrations to help organizations grow, gain visibility, involve donors, increase efficiency, and achieve financial stability.

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising
By: Cheryl A. Clarke

Fundraising guide contains the resources need to help craft a persuasive synopsis, package a compelling story, and create a short story approach to the inquiry and cover letters that support the larger proposal.

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations, 2nd Edition
By: Michael Allison and Jude Kaye

Provides expert knowledge and tools to develop and implement strategic plans, including worksheets, checklists, and tables—in print and on the companion CD-ROM—along with a book-length case study that lets you observe strategic planning in action.

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The Accidental Fundraiser
By: Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho

A how-to resource that guides you through the process of raising money from within your community.

The Accidental Techie
By: Sue Bennett

Shows how to create a support system that will help organizations use technology more effectively and make day-to-day life less hectic. Walks you through five projects that, when completed, will give you a comprehensive and usable support system.

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The Best of the Board Cafe: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards
By: Jan Masaoka

A compilation of the most-requested articles from CompassPoint’s e-newsletter, Board Café ( covered include: board structure and job descriptions, the relationship between the board and the ED, how to recruit new members and achieve diversity, fundraising, and ideas on how to hold productive meetings.

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The California Nonprofit Integrity Act Toolkit
By: Steve Zimmerman and Jeanne Bell

A step-by-step CD guide with templates for compliance with the California Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004.Learn all about: whether you need an audit, the role of the audit committee and who can be on it, mandatory state reporting, how to evaluate executive compensation, contracting with fundraising professionals, and the board's responsibilities.

The M Word: A Board Member's Guide to Mergers
By: Alfredo Vergara-Lobo, Jan Masaoka & Sabrina Smith

This study provides a road map to a merger’s expectations, processes and obstacles. Special sections depict actual merger experiences, feature sample resolutions, and highlight the key roles executive directors and funders play in a merger. Also offers advice on how to close down an organization.

They Came from Planet 501c3 They Came from Planet 501c3
By: Miriam Engelberg

Lighten up your day with this collection of 23 cartoons about life in the nonprofit sector selected from Planet 501c3, CompassPoint's popular web-based comic.


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