The summer months are right in front of us and that means longer days, warmer temperatures, sunshine and recreational time. There is nothing better on a hot summer day than to relax with a tall, cold glass of lemonade and a good book to read.
Many schools, religious organizations and libraries sponsor and promote summer reading programs. The objectives of these programs are to keep children engaged and in learning mode while they are out of their usual school year routines. Nonprofit agencies can also benefit from developing their own version of a summer reading program. By grabbing a book they are able to sharpen their skills while continuing to look for better ways to serve their clients. Finding a good read is an excellent way of tapping into a wealth of varied resources.
The Volunteer Center is home to its’ very own resource library. Agencies have access to over 150 different books at their disposal. Topics of interest include technology, data collection, regulatory guidelines, social media, volunteer programs, leadership, board resources, fundraising, marketing and grant writing. To view a complete list of available books visit www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org/books or stop in and check out the resource library.
If you are still looking for something else to add to your reading list, fundraising expert and author Steve MacLauglin has a few book recommendations listed below to consider.
Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits.
MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, The NonProfit Times, Bloomberg, and has appeared on NPR.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Michelle has been a volunteer with the Volunteer Center of McHenry County for a year serving as a marketing volunteering.