Tag: Big Idea Books for the Charity Sector

Marketing for People Who Hate Marketing

by Diane Hill (March 3, 2020) This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence, Terry O’Reilly, Vintage Canada Paperback, Dec 31, 2019, 304 pp., $12.49 The other day I was shopping online for couches. When I went on social media a few minutes later, my screen was peppered with furniture ads. “Oh no,” I groaned to myself. Unwanted end tables are going to…

One of the best books ever written in the English language

By Gail Picco (February 25, 2020) Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, Vintage; 2nd ed. Edition, March 14, 1995, originally published 1956, 608 pp., $21.78 Unknown writer Ralph Ellison published his first novel in full in 1956, an exquisite work of fiction based on the gruelling realities faced by a Black man born in Oklahoma in 1914.   What perfunctory—if heartfelt—views I had as a young white university student…

What’s it like to live on the streets?

Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines, Ed. James Hughes. James Lorimer & Company Ltd On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty, Dr Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap, Illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, Orca Book Publishers Homelessness in Canada—News from the Frontline By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 22, 2020) Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the…

A widening gap between the rich and poor—the new Canadian ‘normal’

by Sharon Broughton, February 18, 2020 The Age of Increasing Inequality: The Astonishing Rise of Canada’s 1%, Lars Osberg, Lorimer, February 19, 2019, 248 pp., $25.71 What kind of Canada do we want for the future of our children?  Does the increasing inequality between the top 1% and all those left behind matter for our human rights and democracy?  According to renowned Canadian…

Noble Truths: Now and Next

Conversations with Buddha: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts, Joan Duncan Oliver with forward by Annie Lennox Ingenious: The Unintended Cost of Human Innovation, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson Imagined conversations on suffering, impermanence, and karma by Lucy White (February 14, 2020) Conversations with Buddha: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical, Joan Duncan Oliver with forward by Annie Lennox, Watkins Publishing, Reprint…

“Anything that can lift wretched children out of woeful ignorance”

Conversations with Dickens: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts by Paul Schlicke Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give by Jean Shafiroff (Author), Georgina Bloomberg (Introduction) My Dinner with Dickens By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 7, 2020) Conversations with Dickens: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts, Paul Schlicke, Forward by Peter Ackroyd, Watkins, November 12, 2019,…

I blended my bedside reading—and discovered it’s all about work!

By Maryann Kerr (January 4, 2020) Believership, The Superpower Beyond Leadership Volume 1: The Experience, Mike Vacanti, Dog Ear Publishing, September 10, 2019, 150 pp., $26.41 The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work, Lisa Taylor and Fern Lebo, Rotman-UTP Publishing April 9, 2019, 248 pp., $29.39 Fear of Falling, The Inner Life of The Middle Class, Barbara Ehrenreich, Twelve; Reprint edition January 7, 2020, 416…

Frank talk from grammar to grant writing

Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English, N.M. Gwynne The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need 5th ed., Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox Grammar as blood sport By Diane Hill (January 29, 2020) Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English, N.M. Gwynne, Vintage, November 26, 2019, 288 pp., $21.00 I…

How far up the river do you really want to go?

By Gail Picco (January 28, 2020) Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, Avid Reader Press, March 3, 2020, 320 pp., $36.97 In my line of work, as a fundraiser and charity strategist, I spend a fair amount of time planning how to respond when things go wrong or when objections are raised. Because as campaign-tested professionals know,…