Philanthropy Books

Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, 2018
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This comprehensive, award-winning guide on how to structure philanthropy draws on the experiences of hundreds of foundations and non-profits to present the essential tools that will help donors create results-driven philanthropy. A valuable resource that also tackles thorny issues, such as how to choose among different forms of funding, how to measure progress, and when to abandon a project that isn’t working.
 
Thomas Adam, 2018
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The Mond and Brunner families, well known to business historians as pioneers of the British chemical industry, are being studied here for the first time as philanthropists, and it is an astonishing story that Thomas Adam has to tell. Several generations of the Monds gave the wealth they had made in chemicals away most generously for the fine arts and museums, for hospitals and medical research, and for archaeological institutes and scientific explorations. This book will be indispensable not only to all scholars of philanthropy but also of family history and of transnational socio-economic networks that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and North America.
 
Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody, 2017
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Meet the next generation of big donors—the Gen X and Millennial philanthropists who will be the most significant donors ever and will shape our world in profound ways. Hear them describe their ambitious plans to revolutionize giving so it achieves greater impact. And learn how to help them succeed in a world that needs smart, effective donors now more than ever.
 
Joel L. Fleishman, 2017
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By 2025, Americans will likely be donating over half a trillion dollars annually to nonprofit organizations. In Putting Wealth to Work, Joel L. Fleishman provides expert analysis of contemporary philanthropy in an era of unprecedented growth and innovation, offering invaluable insight for those engaging with and affected by charitable foundations. This is the definitive account of philanthropy today, and an indispensable guide to understanding its inner workings, impact, and expansive potential. 
 
Virginia M. Esposito, 2017
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When your family decides to create a foundation, it faces a number of important choices that will guide its philanthropy for decades to come. Splendid Legacy 2, which is filled with advice and resources from the field's foremost experts in family philanthropy, is your trusted guide for navigating these crucial decisions. It also serves as an indispensable resource for advisers, financial planners, and legal professionals who help families through the process of creating a new foundation. 
 
Jean Shafiroff, 2016
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Successful Philanthropy is a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Far more than making monetary donations, philanthropy today encompasses giving time and knowledge, resources that can be just as valuable as financial contributions. Whether you’re a new philanthropist, a member of a charity’s Board of Directors, or just getting started as a volunteer, Successful Philanthropy offers the practical guidance and inspiring perspective that empowers all of us to take part in building a better world.
 
Karl Zinsmeister, 2016
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Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking. Every year, individuals, foundations, and businesses voluntarily give more than $360 billion to a breadth of good causes. In fact, donation rates in the U.S. are two to 20 times higher than in comparable nations. Some of the most significant ventures in our nation comes from privately funded efforts to solve social problems, enrich culture, and strengthen society. Until now, though, there has been no definitive book on America's distinctive philanthropy. This authoritative, highly readable new reference fills that hole. In a single volume, it chronicles the greatest achievements of American private giving, profiles the most influential donors, collects the essential statistics on philanthropy, and summarizes the best ideas on charitable assistance that have been written or spoken. Readers attracted to fascinating history and quirky biographies will enjoy the lively narrative of this meaty new book.
 
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, 2015
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With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore how altruism affects us, what are the markers for success, and how to avoid the pitfalls. In their recounting of astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress, we see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, underscoring that one person can make a difference.
 
Adam Braun, 2015
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A riveting New York Times bestseller about a young man who built more than 250 schools around the world—and the steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life. 
 
Howard H. Stevenson, 2011
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Philanthropy is a powerful force in our society but the challenges are great, particularly during an economic downturn that can dampen contributions even as the demand for services escalates. Howard Stevenson has written Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way based on his many years as a donor, fundraiser, and entrepreneur. He offers practical techniques and real life stories, and brings passion and humor to the art and science of asking for money.
 
Managing Foundations and Charitable Trusts:
Roger D. Silk and James W. Lintott, 2011
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Establishing a private foundation is an excellent way to build a permanent legacy while helping your community and also allowing you to benefit from tax exemptions. Almost 5 percent of high-net-worth individuals have already set up foundations, and interest in setting up charitable organizations is on the rise. But knowing where to start can present a major challenge. In Managing Foundations and Charitable Trusts: Essential Knowledge, Tools, and Techniques for Donors and Advisors, Roger Silk and James Lintott provide a comprehensive guide for charitable donors and their advisors that includes coverage of the latest topics facing today's foundation builders, such as avoiding fraud, terminating charitable gifts, and tax issues.
 
Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey R. Solomon, 2009
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An honest assessment for how to determine your individual relationship with charitable giving in today's world. From world-renowned philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies comes a comprehensive guide on how to be a canny, street-smart, effective philanthropist, regardless of your income level. It is also a perfect companion for nonprofit program and development executives who would like to introduce donors to their work and their organizations.
 
Joel L. Fleishman, 2009
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In his first book, law professor and philanthropist Fleishman has created a thoughtful, engrossing, comprehensive guide to the origins, initiatives, successes and failures among the largely unsung 68,000 private foundations in America, which together grant over 32.2 billion tax-exempt dollars per year. Tracing the history of this distinctly American institution, Fleishman considers the philanthropy of such financial titans as Andrew Carnegie, George Soros, Warren Buffett, Michael Milken and Bill Gates. Fleishman's efforts prove an illuminating guide to a little-examined aspect of the American tradition.
 
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An inspirational story of how Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus invented microcredit, founded the Grameen Bank, and transformed the fortunes of millions of poor people around the world.
 
Grassroots Philanthropy
Bill Somerville and Fred Setterberg, 2008
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Set aside the mountains of paper that characterize conventional philanthropy and focus instead on forging enduring partnerships with outstanding individuals. Dare to change the world in imaginative ways that prove deeply satisfying, exciting, and (dare we say it?) fun. Based on four decades of experience as a foundation executive, Bill Somerville's Grassroots Philanthropy is an unorthodox guide to decisive, hands-on grantmaking. Straightforward, persuasive, and exhilarating, Somerville's courageous and thoughtful approach to grantmaking will energize and motivate foundation and nonprofit leaders alike.
 
Carol Weisman, 2006
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In this book, Weisman shares real-life stories collected from all over the world of how parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, scout leaders, friends, next door neighbors, and her own family have either initiated or supported ways to teach children how to give back to those in need. But she doesn't stop there. After each of the stories, Weisman offers specific steps to help anyone translate these ideas into action. In this way, she turns what might have been just a lot of wonderful stories into a set of practical maps or models anyone can use to start making a difference now.
 
Peter Frumkin, 2006
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The philanthropic landscape is changing dramatically as a new generation of wealthy donors seeks to leave its mark on the public sphere. Peter Frumkin reveals in Strategic Giving why these donors could benefit from having a comprehensive plan to guide their giving. And with this thoughtful and timely book, he provides the much-needed framework to understand and develop this kind of philanthropic strategy. This is essential reading for donors, researchers, and anyone involved with the world of philanthropy, Strategic Giving provides a new basis for understanding philanthropic effectiveness and a promising new way for philanthropy to achieve the legitimacy that has at times eluded it.
 
Kelin E. Gersick, 2004
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Using detailed and comprehensive analysis, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations examines continuity and leadership over time within family foundations. Based upon a study of foundations in the United States and Canada that have survived through at least two generations, the authors ask probing questions to learn about the foundations’ purposes and organization from founding through present day. Although the foundations in the study are quite diverse in their goals and management, they have all had to confront and survive a common set of challenges. At the core of this volume is the study of two aspects of philanthropy: funding and volunteers—each essential to the survival of a foundation. This study is about the “why” and the “how” of these two crucial aspects. The authors give a truly unique perspective, which serves as a powerful tool for readers as they address the specific situations of their own foundations.