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Reference books are always useful. In this list some books have been reviewed whilst others are listed as recommended reading.

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This volume is the culmination of seven years of research by the Third Sector European Policy (TSEP) network. Seventeen chapters offer in-depth insights into the third sector and policy processes in a wide range of European countries, including the Netherlands,...
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A toolkit to help mission-driven organisations to explore practical ways to measure their social, economic and environmental impact; and demonstrate the quality of what they do and how they operate.
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The divisions and differences between grantors and grantees form the central backbone of this book. A lengthy description of the Chicago Initiative is used to illustrate difficulties in the donor-recipient relationship and to assess how the differences within and between...
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Social Return on Investment’ analysis captures the positive social and environmental impacts that are otherwise left off the balance sheet. Social enterprises, third sector organisations and ethical businesses deliver a far wider range of benefits than it is possible to...
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An innovative guide to how great non-profits achieve extraordinary social impact, based on case studies of twelve high-performing charities. The authors’ central question - what makes great non-profits great? – is answered by describing six counterintuitive practices that these organisations...
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Despite record levels of charitable giving, volunteerism, and non-profit innovation, it has become increasingly more difficult over the last thirty years for poor and low-income Americans to become economically and socially self-sufficient. Philanthropy doesn't move the needle of social progress...
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This short collection of 10 essays begins and ends with contributions by Michael Edwards, whose essay Philanthrocapitalism: after the goldrush raised questions about mixing business principles with philanthropic objectives. It sparked the debate on the Open Democracy website that is...
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Prochaska is probably the most readable contemporary historian of UK philanthropy and readers will gain useful insights from any of his publications. The focus of this latest book is the importance of Christianity as an inspiration for political and social...
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Whilst weighted towards the American experience, this book provides an exhaustive account of what is known about non-profits from a range of academic disciplines. Philanthropy is explained by economists, sociologists, historians, lawyers and social policy experts. It’s not a light...
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Owen’s panoramic study is the starting point for most people who want to learn about the history of English philanthropy. Sprinkled with fascinating facts and quotes, this is literally a treasure trove of a book, as well as a learned...

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