Back to school reading list

Explore what makes us human and what makes us give

With the end of summer, comes back to school time. Even for non-students, there’s something in the September air that marks time for learning new things. In that spirit, I have compiled a list of some informative and educational reads that are perhaps weightier than your go-to beach book.  

Here at CHIMP we are all about people and we believe everyone has something to give. Some of my recommended reads have a focus on how and why people support others, offering a knowledge base on what might drive and support charitable giving. Some are more about what makes humans tick or simply the human experience, which is tied to the charitable space and is always worth reading about. They are both newer and older, offering a broad reference list in no particular order.

Reads about the charity space and giving

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World  – by Matthieu Ricard, published in 2015 

Giving: Western Ideas of Philanthropyby J.B. Schneewind, published in 1996 

Reads about human nature, in particular as related to the charity space

Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards  – by Yu-Kai Chou, published in 2015 

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized Worldby David Epstein, published in 2019 

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worstby Robert Sapolsky, published in 2017 

The Selfish Geneby Richard Dawkins, published in 2006

The Power of Habitby Charles Duhigg, published in 2012

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happinessby Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein, published in 2009 

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Fordby Richard Snow, published in May 2014 

BONUS: Some sci-fi – just for fun! 

Foundation seriesby Isaac Asimov

The Emerald Tablets Of Thothby Dr. M Doreal, published in 2006 

Back-to-School Reading List: Learn What Makes Us Give

John Bromley

John is the CEO and Founder of CHIMP, which he launched to empower people to act on their innate generosity. On top of a background in charity entrepreneurship and corporate finance, John is also a TEDx speaker, recovering road bike racer, former 90s hip-hop DJ, and proud father of two boys.

Category: People