Training Resources > Recommended Reading

There are many great books on fundraising and nonprofit management. Here are some that Mission Increase Foundation has found particularly beneficial to ministries in all stages of development.

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ImageTransformational Giving Core


  • Visioneering - Andy Stanley
  • Good To Great - Jim Collins *
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great - Jim Collins *
  • Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits - Leslie Crutchfield
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World - John Wood

ImageGeneral Fundraising

  • Funding Your Ministry - Scott Morton
  • Fundraising for Dummies - John Mutz and Katherine Murray
  • Donor-Centered Fundraising - Penelope Burk
  • The Disappearing Donor - Dale Berkey

Capital Campaigns

  • Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work, 3rd Edition - Andrea Kihlstedt
  • The Capital Campaign Survival Guide - Edward C. Schumacher

Direct Mail

  • How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters: Revised and Updated - Mal Warwick


  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - Chip Heath and Dan Heath *
  • The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases… to reach Buyers Directly - David Meerman Scott
  • Momentum - Allison Fine


Major Donors

  • The Seven Faces of Philanthropy - Russ Alan Prince and Karen Maru File *


  • The Grassfire Effect: How One Small Spark Can Change Your World - Steve Elliot
  • Digital Giving: How Technology is Changing Charity - Richard C. McPherson

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