The following is a list of recommended books, articles, conferences, and other resources for development officers and their professional growth.


Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being, Zoltan J. Acs

RelationShift: Revolutionary Fundraising, Michael Bassoff and Steve Chandler

Donor Centered Leadership, Penelope Burk

Boards that Lead, Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, and Michael Useem

Good to Great, Jim Collins

Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins

Making the Case for Leadership: Profiles of Chief Advancement Officers, Jon Croteau and Zachary Smith

Conducting a Successful Capital Campaign, Kent Dove

From Donor to Philanthropist, Patricia Jackson and Michele Minter

The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Leading Change, James O’Toole

Mega Gifts, Jerold Panas

The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising, Ron Schiller

Raising Your Organization’s Largest Gifts, Ron Schiller

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, Eugene Tempel, Timothy Seiler, and Eva Aldrich


Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) CDO Winter Institute

CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference

Association of Governing Boards Conference on Institutionally Related Foundations

Rice University/AFP Development and Finance Symposium

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Annual Symposium

Independent School Management Advancement Academy

Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute

Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement National Conference

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