Gold-tinged leaves and crisp morning air signal the return of fall. But autumn brings more than falling leaves, shorter days, and pumpkin spice; for many, the end of summer means "back to school." If you cannot return to a real-life classroom for a continuing education course, reinvigorate your inner student by diving into some serious reading.

The required reading list for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving’s Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course is an insightful dip into the fundamentals of development.

Perusing this reading list of brief but penetrating books may inspire you to plunge into the ECRF course, or it may encourage you to explore resources on fundraising offered by the In Trust Center. Regardless, the ECRF list is an excellent launch into re-examining the principles of fundraising.

To explore further resources on fundraising, we recommend the following: