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Here are some recently released publications on nonprofits and philanthropy:

* Gary Snyder has written a book, “Nonprofits on the Brink,” identifying nonprofit weaknesses and suggesting structural changes; he argues nonprofits’ lack of accountability and absence of capable leaders has led to offenses comparable to for-profit corruption.

* Walter Pidgeon, Jr. has written a workbook, “The Not-For-Profit CEO Workbook: Practical Steps to Attaining & Retaining the Corner Office,” to complement his book, “The Not-For-Profit CEO;” the workbook provides methods and strategies to help readers cultivate the skills to succeed in the nonprofit sector.

* Foundation support for most major program areas increased in 2004 after a two-year decline, with science and health experiencing the most growth, says a new report by the New York-based Foundation Center, “Foundation Giving Trends: An Update on Funding Priorities;” the total number of grants increased 5 percent and the amount awarded increased 8 percent, the report says.

* The Northwest Area Foundation has released a new study, “Struggling to Make Ends Meet: What Can Be Done and Who Should Do It?” that examines the public’s assessment of poverty in their own communities; the study suggests Americans are aware of their neighborhood’s poverty and are willing to personally confront it.

* The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., released its 2005 annual report detailing the year’s achievements, which included the approval of 142 Health Care Division grants totaling over $20 million and 48 Poor and Needy Division grants totaling over $7 million.

* Service-learning during adolescence facilitates the transition to adulthood and increases the likelihood that adults are politically and socially connected to their communities, a national study on behalf of the National Youth Leadership Council says; the full report will be available March 22.

* The National Council for Voluntary Organizations released a report, “UK Voluntary Sector Almanac 2006,” that says UK voluntary organizations continue to grow, but increases in size and scope have been primarily concentrated in a relatively small number of the sector’s biggest organizations; over two-thirds of the total income is now generated by 3,200 organizations, equivalent to 2 percent of the sector, the report says.

* The North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute released the first issue of its Child Health Briefs series, “A Decade of Progress, Yet a Ways to Go,” which discusses childhood lead poising prevention; the issue praises North Carolina but points to the need to increase screening of children ages 1 and 2.

* The Center for Effective Philanthropy released an issue paper, “Foundation Communications: The Grantee Perspective,” identifying the most effective ways to ensure good communication between foundations and grantees, including outlining the need for consistent communication, fair interactions and support during the foundation selection process.

* Madeline Stanionis, President of an online fundraising company whose clients include the ACLU, UNICEF and Amnesty, has written a book, “Raising Thousands (if Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with Email,” in which she discusses how email fundraising has transformed American charities.

* A new edition of “Managing Conflicts of Interest: A Primer for Nonprofit Boards,” by Daniel L. Kurtz and Sarah E. Paul, discusses the legal difficulties in identifying conflicts of interest in nonprofit organizations and suggests a procedure for response.

* In a follow-up report, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research found that Eastern North Carolina lags the rest of the state in assets needed for growth, although some progress has been made since the original 2001 study; the East remains dependent on agriculture, low-skill manufacturing and public employment, and has a less educated work force, the report says.

* Oxfam America released a report, “Recovering States: Six Months After the Storm,” outlining the rebuilding and poverty rates of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina calling on officials to continue to commit themselves to reconstruction.

* A new book, “Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofit Management,” by Peggy M. Jackson and Toni E. Fogarty, addresses the need for nonprofits to be prepared for increased scrutiny and security requirements, and explains how nonprofits can benefit from SOX legislative regulations.

* The North Carolina Discovery Alliance released a report on the transformation of philanthropy in North Carolina; through grassroot forums, the alliance discovered the complexity of North Carolina philanthropy and released these findings through participants’ “stories of discovery.”

–Compiled by Laura Newman

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