There is no doubt that publisher Jossey-Bass/Wiley has the most comprehensive list of books about nonprofit management. Three quarters of my nonprofit library bears a Jossey-Bass/Wiley imprint. Probably 80% of the books I review on my website are from that publisher. The company is a prolific producer of content that nonprofit professionals can and should tap.
Once again, Jossey-Bass/Wiley is out front. The company just released its Nonprofit Manager's FAQ mobile app. Now we can all tap into the publisher's library of nonprofit advice, right from our mobile phone or tablet, whether Apple based or Android based.
Adapted from the myriad of Jossey-Bass/Wiley nonprofit resources, the Nonprofit Manager's FAQ mobile app brings together tips, advice and practical guidance on how to work more effectively in the nonprofit field. This tool offers up-to-date insight on every aspect of nonprofit work, including: Boards, Management, Marketing, Finance, Fundraising and Nonprofit Law. New content is continually added, keeping it current with the latest nonprofit trends.
With the Nonprofit Manager's FAQ mobile app users can:
In addition, users will also be able to access contributions from top nonprofit organizations such as Boardsource, AFP, NTEN, Alliance for Nonprofit Management and CompassPoint. Key authors featured include Peter Drucker, Beth Kanter, Leslie Crutchfield, Kim Klein, and Heather Grant, among others.
Meredith Stanton, of Wiley, said about the new app, "...you can search by topic, keyword, author, or title, in addition to just browsing through the topics to find a relevant question/answer. The content was pulled from our most popular books and is contained within the app. There are about 100 book excerpts at this point with new content being added as new books are released."
An early adopter of the app, John C. Ronquillo is a PhD candidate at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Ronquillo has worked in nonprofit and plans to teach nonprofit managers in training. He said of the app:
"It is user-friendly with a clean interface and covers broad areas including boards, management, marketing, finance, fundraising, and legal issues. It further delves into specific areas such as board roles and responsibilities, human resources, strategy and planning, advocacy and lobbying, among several others. There is also a search function in the app, and it also integrates easily with Facebook and Twitter to share the app with others."
Ronquillo thinks that the app is not something a nonprofit manager would use every day but on an as-needed basis. He also commented on the somewhat limited amount of material at the moment. The app, he thinks, has about 80 FAQs right now. He also pointed out that the app is a terrific marketing tool for the publisher since the reader is directed to more information about relevant books and other resources that are available for sale.
Ronquillo said about using the new app, "If you wanted to search for something on boards [for instance], you have that option, though scrolling through topics and questions is probably more of a surefire way to find what you're looking for. The answers are relatively short and succinct, and on average should take less than a minute to read."
If you try the new app, I'd love to hear about your experience with it. Is it useful? Are there features you would like to see on it? Are you likely to use similar apps? Let me know in the comments.