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

Anheier, Helmut K and David Winder
Helpful, practical advice when developing philanthropic strategies
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The first edition of Powell's Research Handbook has been an essential source of reference since it was first published in 1987. This new edition is thoroughly updated and includes two chapters of particular interest to people working in the philanthropy...
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Concluding nearly 19 years as president of the Surdna foundation, Edward Skloot looks back on a period of rapid change in American philanthropy, social policy, politics and civic ideals. Building on his experience as grant-seeker and foundation chief executive, Skloot...