Current Focus
Past Topics
Giving & Philanthropy

The Seacoast Women's Giving Circle was founded in April 2006 by a group of local women eager to use their skills and resources to address critical issues facing the Seacoast community.

Our Bookshelf.

Members of the Seacoast Women's Giving Circle enjoy reading about topics that deepen our understanding of the issues we study as a group and enrich our experience as budding philanthropists and community leaders.

We've collected a list of worthwhile books recommended by our members and members of other giving circles. Enjoy! Please email us with books you've enjoyed and would recommend.

  • Community Needs
    The Glass Castle
    Jeannette Walls (homelessness, mental illness)

    The Middle of Everywhere
    Mary Pipher (refugees in Lincoln, NE)

    Begging for Change
    Robert Eggars (non-profits)
    Nickel & Dimed
    Barbara Ehrenreich (four profiles of minimum-wage workers)

    Life on the Outside
    Jennifer Gonnerman (ex-offenders)
  • Global Community Needs and Solutions
    Mountains Beyond Mountains
    Tracey Kidder (global health)

    Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
    Homa Sabet Tavangar

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

    Banker to the Poor
    Muhammad Yunus (microlending)
  • Non Profits and Social Sector Solutions
    Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact non-profits
    Lesli Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant

    Good to Great and the Social Sectors
    Jim Collins

    The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems
    Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin
  • Going Green
    In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
    Michael Pollan

    Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered
    Woody Tasch
  • Philanthropy
    The Perfect Gift: The Philanthropic Imagination in Poetry and Prose
    Amy A. Kass (Editor)

    Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan
    Tracy Gary

    The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
    Lynne Twist

"Seacoast Women's Giving Circle is committed to improving the quality of life through collective giving and grassroots action, and galvanize support so we're not just raising funds but letting people know."
- Erika Taylor
Member, Seacoast Women's Giving Circle