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Recommended Reading from Jacob Harold

About once a week, GuideStar’s President and CEO Jacob Harold writes a note to staff that tackles a variety of topics, most notably updates on the organization’s mission, vision, strategy, and results; insight into analytics, tensions, and trends across the nonprofit sector and philanthropy; and articles and think pieces that impact our world and our work.

As we dive into 2014 head-on, I thought I would do a recap of the latter two categories for you, dear blog readers. Personally I can attest to the broad learning and deep analysis of the social sector that Jacob’s recommended reading list provides, so I hope you find this helpful as well.


The list below is pulled from 33 staff notes and encompasses Jacob’s suggestions from June 18-December 23, 2013. I’ve listed them in reverse chronological order, and included Jacob’s comments to staff when possible. Enjoy!

Data Visualization

Insight into Philanthropy


World Tensions and Trends

Communication Theories

Technology Trends

Inspirational Reads

GuideStar Around Town

What did you read in 2013 that influenced your thinking? What are your recommended picks for 2014? Share them with us in the comments below!

Jacob HaroldJacob Harold is GuideStar's president and CEO. Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Jacob was named to the NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50 list in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy; his essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, and Tsinghua. Harold earned an AB from Duke and an MBA from Stanford.  He grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where his parents ran small, community-based nonprofits.
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