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3 Books Every Fundraiser Should Read

I’ve just got back from an amazing holiday in Naples, Italy. While we were there, Naples won their equivalent of the Premier League for the first time in 33 years while I was there - you can only imagine the street parties! One of my favourite things about going on holiday is getting the chance to do some reading - I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of books I feel are going to help me with my fundraising approaches, and so i thought it would be a good idea to share three of my favourites with you.

The Story is Everything by Andreas Lanzou book cover

The Story is Everything

Andreas Lanzou I read this book from cover to cover on Christmas day. It looks at how businesses tell their business stories. It draws examples from billboards, boardrooms and films. There are so many lessons charities and fundraisers can learn here.







Stolen Focus by Johann Hair book cover

Stolen Focus Johann Hari Back in the 60s, the average person received 40 newspapers worth of information through their meetings, emails and TV. By 2004, it had already increased more than 4 times - to 174. This book gives important lessons to break through the noise and do your deepest work.






Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee book cover

Do Nothing Celeste Headlee

I was recommended this book by my best friend (the same one from the previous 'identities' email). Another identity that she and I both hold is... trying to spin too many plates at a time. Sound familiar? This book is a gentle call to move away from overworking and underliving. In our sector, this is practically a manifesto for reclaiming joy.


I’d love to hear yours in exchange! Whether it’s a novel, a self-help book, or one that’s just changed your thinking about fundraising, please let me know!


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