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12 free nonprofit books to help you achieve year-end fundraising success

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It’s that time of year again, where we trade in our flip flops for sweaters and pumpkin-spiced lattes. Autumn brings more than a colorful display of leaves changing, though. It also signals the arrival of a season of significant generosity—with nearly 37% of giving occurring in the final three months of the year.  

We’ve curated a nonprofit reading list to help your organization make the most out of this charitable time of year. Whether you’re looking to brush up on best practices for annual appeals, boost your fundraising game on social media this GivingTuesday, or build expert storytelling skills to win over supporters this giving season and beyond, we’ve got you covered with this list of 12 free nonprofit books.  

Level up your annual fund appeals

Are you sending an annual fundraising appeal at the end of the year? So is almost every other nonprofit. Make sure that your appeal stands out by reading these four titles. These nonprofit fundraising books provide sample messaging and practical guidance to help you write appeals that resonate with your donors and compel them to support your organization. 

Help donors find and give to your cause online

Fifty-five percent of people who interact with a nonprofit on social media take action, and of this group, 59% consider donating money as a result. It’s clear that a strong digital strategy is key for today’s end-of-year fundraising campaigns. If you’re looking to take your organization’s digital fundraising game to the next level, these titles can be the springboard to your success.   

Unlock year-round giving success by telling the right story

Storytelling is at the heart of nonprofit fundraising. It humanizes your cause, evokes emotions, and makes missions memorable. Perhaps most importantly, it forges connections with potential donors and inspires them to action. If you’re not effectively telling the story of your nonprofit, these fundraising books will help you craft a compelling narrative.    

We know how busy this time of year is for nonprofits, and Candid is here to provide you with the information and resources you need to finish the year strong.  

We invite you to browse our free, public collection of eBooks and audiobooks on nonprofit leadership, fundraising, operations, and many related topics all year round. 

Happy reading! 


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  • Kate, Digital Communications Manager, Candid says:

    October 10, 2023 2:17 pm

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  • Catherine Hornibrook says:

    October 8, 2023 11:40 pm

    How do I access the eBooks and audiobooks?