Ever wondered what your friends at NCCF are reading in their spare time to brush up on the latest news and current affairs? Then this new addition to our blog is for you! As a part of our initiative to implement continuous learning throughout our work, we’ll occasionally share a few highlights of what’s on our nightstands. Whether it’s a good book, newspaper article, magazine feature or link to online content, we’re excited to share with our community the latest in what we’re reading.


Natalie Jenkins Peel, regional director serving the northeast, shared this article on racial equity: 11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege. This helpful guide is a good read for anyone new to racial equity work and a good reminder to seasoned veterans.


Louis Duke, senior communications specialist, just finished reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The book is a pivotal read from one of our nation’s premier nonprofit leaders on the state of our criminal justice system, racial equity and our human capacity to live out the value of mercy.

Kelly Lee, regional director for the coastal plain north, recently finished reading Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. This book speaks to leading through change, how we are often resistant to change due to a fear of loss and how to navigate that process.

Katie Crumpler, regional director for the west, read Promise Me, Dad by Vice President Joe Biden. The book is about the year his son, Beau Biden, was diagnosed with cancer, fought and lost the battle. No matter your personal political persuasion, this is a family who can touch your heart.

Natalie Jenkins Peel, regional director for the northeast, read Remember Who You Are: Achieve. Create Balance. Experience Fulfillment by Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa Grimes. This book is a helpful resource both personally and professionally.

Anne Sorhagen, regional director for the southeast, just finished reading Pachinko by Min Jim Lee. This book is an immigrant story that is particularly poignant today centered around Korean immigrants from 1910-1985 who moved to Japan, the harsh discrimination they faced by the Japanese and their desires for a better life and acceptance.


Quinn Novels, regional director for the northern piedmont, passed around this podcast from WNYC Studios’ Stay Tuned with Preet on the opioid crisis hitting our communities hard, especially rural communities: Inside The Opioid Crisis.

What are you reading? Let us know if you come across something you believe we should share!

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