Partners in Policymaking Materials

These books cover topics of interest for nonprofits, including family supports, social networking, inclusiveness, community, and some children’s books. They were donated by Partners in Policymaking, through funding from the Alaska Mental Health Trust. The list of titles is below. You may search the library catalog for more details, or contact the SESA Librarian

Mathos, Melanie. 101 social media tactics for nonprofits : a field guide. Wiley, 2012.
Description: “The ultimate social media field guide for nonprofits–with 101 ways to engage supporters, share your mission, and inspire action using the social web101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits features 101 actionable tactics that nonprofits can start using today, and most of the featured resources are free. Broken down into five key areas, this unique guide explains the steps and tools needed to implement each tactic, and provides many real-life examples of how nonprofits are using the tactics. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn how leading nonprofit professionals around the world are leveraging social media to engage constituents, communicate their cause, and deliver on their mission. Presents immediately useful ideas for relevant impact on your organization’s social presence so you can engage with supporters in new and inventive ways Features 101 beginner to intermediate-level tactics with real-life examples Offers a workable format to help nonprofits discover new ways of deploying their strategy Includes nonprofit social media influencers from leading nonprofits around the world including National Wildlife Federation, March of Dimes, and The Humane Society Nonprofits know they need to start engaging with supporters through social media channels. This field guide to social media tactics for nonprofits will feature 101 beginner to intermediate-level tactics with real-life examples to help nonprofits discover new ways of deploying their strategy and meeting their social media objectives”– Provided by publisher.

Van der Zande, Irene. Bullying : what adults need to know and do to keep kids safe. KidPower Press, 2010. KidPower People Safety Solutions.
Description: Protect kids from bullying and empower them with skills! Learn how to use Kidpower practices to create cultures of caring, respect, and safety at school, at home, and in your community. These vivid stories, entertaining examples, and clear step-by-step explanations of what to say and do are relevant for addressing bullying with all young people, from toddlers to teenagers, and are even useful in dealing with adult-to-adult bullying. –Publisher.

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Cook, Julia. Bully B.E.A.N.S. : activity and idea book. National Center for Youth Issues, 2010.
Description: A workbook of activities designed to explore the dynamics of bullying and teach how to prevent it form happening. Student book is for Grades K to 8.

Tiedemann, Chris Wise. College success for students with physical disabilities : strategies and tips to make the most of your college experience. Prufrock Press, 2012.
Description: Planning to succeed in college — What you can expect from college — The college search — Preparing for college life — Academic success — Personal issues and services.

Courageous parents, confident kids : letting go so you both can grow. Edited by Amy Tiemann. Spark Press, 2010.
Description: “A close relationship with our kids is a gift. But, it’s possible to become so over-involved that our kids don’t learn to spread their wings. And, how does that hovering ‘helicopter’ mode impact us as parents? This unique resource releases both parents and kids to fully enjoy the comforts of the nest and their ability to explore and grow beyond it. Courageous Parents, Confident Kids gives you the practical skills and inspiration every family needs to grow up together. This is your guide to sustainable parenting that makes letting go a safer and happier process, every step of the way”–Cover, p. 4.

Kochhar-Bryant, Carol A., with Angela Heishman. Effective collaboration for educating the whole child. Corwin ; NSDC, 2010.
Synopsis: This book examines collaboration between teachers, administrators, student support specialists, community agencies, and service providers to improve outcomes for students with complex learning needs.

Martin, Areva. The everyday advocate : standing up for your child with autism or other special needs. New American Library, 2010.
Description: A nationally recognized autism advocate provides step-by-step instructions to parents raising and advocating for a child with autism, and explains how to safeguard the rights of their special-needs children both in and out of school.

Van der Zande, Irene. Fullpower safety comics : personal safety for teens and adults in cartoons and basic language / [by] Irene Van der Zande; illustrated by Amanda Golert. Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, c2009/2012.
Description: … black-and-white cartoons and basic language to explain personal safety concepts and skills to teens and adults. The humorous stories and clear directions make it easy and fun to introduce and practice personal skills in classrooms and other group settings. The situations described are appropriate for teens and adults who are at times out in public independently or home alone. The simple explanations and clear drawings can be used for people with developmental delays or whose first language is not English. However, they are relevant to teens and adults regardless of their abilities from a wide range of cultures around the world.

Johnson, Victoria M. Grant writing 101 : everything you need to know to start raising funds today. McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Description: Written to enable beginners with little or no experience to hit the ground running, this book covers tactics for writing a compelling proposal, tips for finding the best grantor for your needs, important components of various types of grants, and next steps for when you’re approved.

Shirky, Clay. Here comes everybody : the power of organizing without organizations. With an updated epilogue. Penguin, 2008.
Description: Discusses and uses examples of how digital networks transform the ability of humans to gather and cooperate with one another.

Tough, Paul. How children succeed : grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Description: In this book the author reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail, and of how to move individual children toward their full potential for success. The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in this book the author argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perserverance, curiosity, concsientiousness, optimism, and self-control. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do, and do not, prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to help children growing up in poverty. Early adversity, scientists have come to understand, can not only affect the conditions of children’s lives, it can alter the physical development of their brains as well. But now educators and doctors around the country are using that knowledge to develop innovative interventions that allow children to overcome the constraints of poverty. And with the help of these new strategies, children who grow up in the most painful circumstances can go on to achieve amazing things. This book has the potential to change how we raise our children, how we run our schools, how we construct our social safety net, and also how to change our understanding of childhood itself.

Van der Zande, Irene. How to teach self-protection and confidence skills to young people : the KIDPOWER guide for parents and teachers / by Irene Van der Zande. Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, c1996/2008/2012.

Van der Zande, Irene. The Kidpower book for caring adults : personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy for young people / by Irene Van der Zande. Kidpower Press, c2012.
Description: “… prepares parents, educators, and other caring adults to protect children and teens from bullying, violence, and abuse through awareness, action, and skills. … positive hands-on method reduces anxiety, develops competence, and increases confidence for adults and children alike. Topics include: building a foundation of emotional safety; self-protection to stop most trouble before it starts; and healthy boundaries to prevent problems and develop positive relationships. “

Van der Zande, Irene. Kidpower safety comics : an introduction to “people safety” for older children ages 9 to 13 and their adults / Irene van der Zande ; illustrated by Amanda Golert. Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, 2012.
Description: “Helps answer the question, “How can my older kids stay safe while becoming more independent?” Provides a fun, practical tool for discussion and practices on how to stay safe from bullying, abuse, and violence — and how to avoid difficult or dangerous problems with people you know and people you don’t. Brings more peace of mind to worried parents. Contents include: Cartoon- illustrated stories that give young people information they really want to know in an entertaining way. Directions for adults on how to practice personal safety skills with kids ages 9-13. Basic “People Safety” skills for protecting everyone’s emotional and physical well-being. Solutions to common problems such as bullying, stranger safety, and boundary issues. The tools in this book are most appropriate for youth ages 9 to 13 who are beginning to be more independent in the world. Young people really want to know how to take charge of their safety.”–publisher’s website.

Mansfield, Heather. Mobile for good : a how-to fundraising guide for nonprofits / Heather Mansfield. McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
Contents: Pt. 1: Create and implement a mobile and social fundraising strategy: Nonprofit technology and fundraising — Get organized — Websites — Email communications — Online fundraising — Mobile fundraising — Pt. 2: Create and maintain a mobile and social media content strategy: Multichannel communications and fundraising — Content creation and integration — Pt. 3: Using mobile and social networks to distribute content: Facebook — Twitter — Google+ — Linkedin — YouTube — Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr — Pt. 4: Mobile and social media campaigns for the advanced nonprofit: Real-time communications and fundraising — New media managers.

Krouk-Gordon, Dafna, and Barbara D. Jackins. Moving out : a family guide to residential planning for adults with disabilities. Woodbine, 2013.
Description: Finding the right residential situation for an adult child with an intellectual disability doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Discover the universal consideration most families should face before putting plans in place. This guide helps you make educated decisions to secure the housing that’s best for your child and family.

Karsh, Ellen. The only grant-writing book you’ll ever need. Basic Books, 2014.
Description: A “step-by-step guide for grant writers, demystifying the process while offering … advice from funders and grant recipients. This new, 4th edition offers a … look at the entire grants process as it stands in today’s unsettled economy, plus the latest trends”– Provided by publisher.

Fonseca, Christine. Quiet kids : help your introverted child succeed in an extroverted world. Prufrock Press, 2014.
Description: Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Fonseca provides strategies to teach children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them, and shows parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert.

Kapin, Allyson, and Amy Sample Ward. Social change anytime anywhere : how to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money and engage your community. Jossey-Bass, 2013.
Description: “Written for nonprofit staff who say themselves or are asked by others, Email communications, social media, and mobile are important, but how will they help our nonprofit and the issues we work on? Most importantly, how the heck do we integrate and utilize these tools successfully? Is organized to guide readers through the planning and implementation of online multi-channel strategies that will spark advocacy, raise money and promote deeper community engagement in order to achieve social change in real time. Offers a practical guide for nonprofits on how to best implement online and social media. Outlines the various types of mobile media and online and when it makes sense to use them. Shows how to build mobile expertise into the staff structure and sell mobile initiatives to the board. Serves as a resource to help nonprofit staff and their boards quickly understand the evolving online landscape and identify and implement the best online channels, strategies, tools, and tactics to help their organizations achieve their missions”– Provided by publisher.

Mansfield, Heather. Social media for social good : a how-to guide for nonprofits. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Description: Web 3.0 is already here. Is your nonprofit ready? With this book it will be … even if you’re so behind that you’re not sure what Web 3.0 means. As a nonprofit, you’re most likely used to working at a disadvantage. Recent economic factors have required many organizations to slash budgets, implement staff cuts, and depend upon volunteers or already overworked nonprofit staff to manage their social media and mobile technology campaigns. Fortunately, the dedication of your staff and volunteers, when combined with the wisdom presented in this book, is all that your nonprofit needs to harness the power of social media. Give your team a wealth of Web wisdom to match its passion, and you’ll quickly discover that the playing field suddenly seems a whole lot more even and that social media success lies literally at your fingertips. Enter Heather Mansfield. When it comes to nonprofit communications, she is the social media expert. Nonprofits and social media are her passions, and she loves to make them work together. That’s why communications staff at organizations like the National Wildlife Federation, the National Peace Corps Association, Safe Kids,, and Operation Homefront, to name a few, are among her devoted fans. What Mansfield has taught them, you’ll learn in this book- from basic best practices to advanced strategies that are guaranteed to keep your supporters engaged and growing in numbers. Learn how to: Inspire fans, followers, and friends to transition from passive interest to active involvement in supporting your mission; Implement an integrated communications and fundraising strategy that maximizes the ROI of your nonprofit’s website and blog, e-newsletter, social networking communities, video and digital photography libraries, and mobile technology campaigns; Understand and navigate legal and privacy issues; Use social media and mobile technology to nurture current donors- and build your list of new donors; and finally, track and report the effectiveness of your efforts. Imagine the kind of nonprofit communications and fundraising success your organization could achieve if only you had the resources. This book gives you the tools to stop imagining- and start doing. — from Book Jacket.

Social policy for children and families : a risk and resilience perspective / [edited by] Jeffrey M. Jenson, Mark W. Fraser. 2nd ed. Sage, 2011.
Description: … uses a unique framework to help students understand effective public policy development. Authors Jeffrey M. Jenson and Mark W. Fraser argue that a public health framework rooted in ecological theory and based on principles of risk, protection, and resilience is essential for the successful design of social policy. This book applies the authors′ conceptual model across the substantive areas of social policy, including child welfare, education, mental health, health, developmental disabilities, substance use, and juvenile justice.

Kaye, Jezra. Speak like yourself … No, really! : follow your strengths and skills to great public speaking. 3RingPress, 2012.

Nadworny, John W. The special needs planning guide : how to prepare for every stage of your child’s life / by John W. Nadworny and Cynthia R. Haddad.
Paul H. Brookes, 2007.
Description: Developed by two financial planning experts who also have family members with special needs, this one-of-a-kind book is an absolute must-have as parents and other caregivers plan for the lasting financial security of their families. Transforming the financial planning presentations they’ve given to families across the country into a thorough, easy-to-read resource, the well-known authors give parents a chronological guide for each stage from birth to adulthood. Parents will get comprehensive advice and strategies on how to address: financial factors–including mortgages and other expenses, insurance policies, investments, and savings ; legal factors–such as conducting estate planning, weighing guardianship with less restrictive alternatives, and creating a Special Needs Trust to ensure a child’s future ; government factors–identifying and supplementing government benefits, such as residential services, supported employment, and respite care l family and support factors–such as the familyâe(tm)s values, the parentsâe(tm) careers, sibling considerations, and contributions of extended family members ; emotional factors–such as dealing with both positive and negative feelings, staying connected with others, and using strong emotions to fuel advocacy. Included are all the tools families need to create an effective action plan for their finances: planning checklists and forms, a helpful glossary of financial terms, âeoeplanning pointersâe that help readers remember key points, and extended case studies dramatizing other familiesâe(tm) evolving challenges and solutions. Plus, the CD-ROM in the back of the book contains a helpful Financial Planning Timeline and a printable Letter of Intent that lets parents communicate key information, concerns, and desires to future caretakers.
Elias, Stephen and Kevin Urbatsch. Special needs trusts : protect your child’s financial future. Nolo, 2013.
Description: Create a trust that provides financial security for a loved one with special needs without jeopardizing government benefits. The fifth edition provides eligibility requirements for government benefits, current resources, and a new perspective on when to make a trust independently and when to seek an attorney’s help.

Sen, Rinku. Stir it up : lessons in community organizing and advocacy / Rinku Sen. Jossey-Bass, c2003.
Description: “Stir It Up – written by Rinku Sen – identifies the key priorities and strategies that can help advance the mission of any social change group. This groundbreaking book addresses the unique challenges and opportunities the new global economy poses for activist groups and provides concrete guidance for community organizations of all orientations.” “Throughout the book, Sen walks readers through the steps of building and mobilizing a constituency and implementing key strategies that can effect social change. The book is filled with illustrative case studies that highlight best organizing practices in action and each chapter contains tools that can help groups tailor Sen’s model for their own organizational needs.”–BOOK JACKET.

Tannen, Deborah. That’s not what I meant! : how conversational style makes or breaks relationships. Harper, 2011.
Description: Linguistics and conversational style — Conversational strategies — Talking at home: conversational style in close relationships — What you can and can’t do with conversational style.

Children’s Books

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Cook, Julia. The ant hill disaster. National Center for Youth Issues, 2014. Description: “After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing. To do that, “We breathe in and breathe out, and hold onto each other. We shed a lot of tears, and we love one another. We all come together as a strong team of ONE, and then we rebuild, and get things done!” The Ant Hill Disaster thoughtfully addresses fears associated with both natural and human-caused disasters. It models effective parenting and teaching responses. This book can help assure children that through love, empathetic understanding, preparation, and effective communication, they can stand strong, even in the midst of uncontrollable events.”–author’s website.
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Cook, Julia. Bully B.E.A.N.S. National Center for Youth Issues, 2009.
Description: Illustrated tale that teaches children and adults how to be proactive when confronted by bullying. Grades K to 8.
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Cook, Julia. I’m not scared, I’m prepared! : because I know all about ALICE. National Center for Youth Issues, 2014.
Description: “The teacher at the Ant Hill School wants her students to be prepared – for everything! One day, she teaches her students what to do if a “dangerous someone” is in their school. The teacher at the Ant Hill School wants her students to be prepared– for everything! One day, she teaches her students what to do if a “dangerous someone” is in their school. “Class, my teacher said to us, we need to learn a new drill. It’s called The Sheep, The Shepherd and the Wolf, so get ready…here’s the deal! I’ll be your shepherd, and you’re all my sheep, so you must do what I say. Pretend there’s a wolf in our building, and we MUST stay out of his way. We need a great plan of action in case we start to get scared. The A.L.I.C.E. Plan will work the best, to help us be prepared.” Unfortunately, in the world we now live in, we must ask ourselves the essential question: What options do I have for survival, if I ever find myself in a violent intruder event? … enhances the concepts taught by the ALICE Training Institute, and make them applicable to children of all ages in a non-fearful way. By using this book, children can develop a better understanding of what needs to be done if they ever encounter a “dangerous someone.””–author’s website. For grades K and up.

Van der Zande, Irene. Kidpower safety comics : an introduction to “people safety: skills for younger children ages 3 to 10 and their adults. KidPower TeenPower FullPower International, 2012.
Description: Entertaining cartoons and engaging social stories make it easy for adults to provide crucial knowledge and skills so their children can learn to be safe with people they know and with strangers. …includes: directions for adults on how to introduce personal safety to children ages 3 to 10 ; social stories to discuss with children ; basic “People Safety” skills for protecting emotional and physical well-being ; solutions to potential problems such as bullying and stranger safety. The tools in this comic book are most appropriate for parents, teachers, and other caregivers introducing “People Safety” to children ages 3 to 10 who are usually with adults who can help them.