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February is Library Lovers' Month! Learn More About Our Members Only Book Club.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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As members of AFP, we are all very interested in continuing our education in philanthropy. A few of us thought a book club would be a great way to stay up to date on all things fundraising, while expanding our networks and building a supportive community.  We meet quarterly at America’s River Oaks, and at each meeting, we decide on the book we will read next! I hope you will join us!


The first book we read was The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. It is available on Amazon (and on Audible if anyone prefers to listen to the book). There is also a great episode of David Letterman’s Netflix show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” where Dave interviews Melinda and she talks about this book if someone would like to dive a little deeper: This was such an inspiring book and it really sparked a lot of great conversation (see our conversation questions attached) around how philanthropists choose the causes they fund, how they think about their philanthropic work, and how they evaluate the success of the projects they participate in.  The insight we gained into the mind of a great philanthropist was invaluable!


Our second book was The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fundraising by Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey C. Walker, and Karl Weber. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and is also available on Audible. You can read many reviews here: and on Amazon, and there are *many* resources made available to us here: Again, the conversations this book sparked were incredibly deep and personal. The book really helped us examine our individual relationships with money and how that impacts our work; how we think about and share our personal stories with our donors; when, where, and why we have felt most supported in our work by our organizations and colleagues; and how we can bring together our donors and supporters to create moments of joy around solving these big issues we are tackling together. (See the conversation topics attached.)


Our next book is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.  So much of the work we do requires us to be persistent, resilient, and conscientious. The problems we are trying to solve, and the impact we are working to achieve, are big and often difficult, and we experience setbacks and rejection on a regular basis.


The book is available for purchase on Amazon and is also available on Audible. You can read many reviews here:

You may also be interested in reading and watching:

So in honor of Library Lovers' Month this February, join us and learn together what it really takes to achieve true Grit and to demonstrate “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”.


REGISTER TODAY: April 14, 2020 - 5:30-7pm - America’s River Oaks at 2040 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019.


We hope to see you there!



Christine Stevens, CFRE

Director, Individual Giving

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