About

Reviewing big-idea books for the charity sector

We passionate about bringing books to the charity sector. After publishing books for the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, Civil Sector Press wants to create a forum for discussion, a place for ideas to grow. The simple truth is that we love books. Period. And we see so many books we think people working in charities would enjoy hearing about.

My name is Gail Picco and I’m the blog’s editor. I’ve been working in the charity sector for 30 years. I’m also an author and blogger.

We strive to publish a featured book blog on Tuesdays and then a themed edition made up of two or more reviews on Thursday. In the nav bar, you can click on what we’re reading now and what we’re planning to read next.

The blog is now a certified vendor with Amazon. That means if you purchase any reviewed book through the blog, we get a percentage of the sale from Amazon. That support means we can do more, and better. I like to think of it as your specially-curated Big Idea Books for the Charity Sector bookstore. But if you don’t buy books online, please continue supporting your independent bookstore!  

If you are interested in being on our panel of reviewers, a publisher interested in having one of your books reviewed or are an author with a book of your own, please contact Gail Picco at gailpicco@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

Gail Picco, CSP Book Blog Editor

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Gail Picco is an award-winning charity strategist widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts on how to carve a path through the increasingly complex dynamics of the charitable sector. Civil Sector Press published her latest book, Cap in Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World in 2017. Her novel, What The Enemy Thinks was published in 2015 and she is a regular commentator on the charity sector. Check her website here.