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Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being

May 16, 2013
Zoltan J. Acs (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013)

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews a book by the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University which defines a uniquely American cycle of dynamic entrepreneurialism and philanthropy, and calls for a return to the values of giving back, particularly among the "new rich"....

The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action

The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action

February 11, 2013
Charles Bronfman, Jeffrey Solomon, John Sedgwick (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2012)

PND's Regina Mahone reviews the second book by Bronfman and Solomon — chairman and president, respectively, of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies — which is chock-full of practical advice for committed changemakers looking to turn a "do-gooder" idea into a lasting program or organization....

Twenty Ways to Make a Difference: Stories from Small Foundations

Twenty Ways to Make a Difference: Stories from Small Foundations

January 16, 2013
Andy Carroll (Washington, District of Columbia: Association of Small Foundations, 2012)

The Foundation Center's Chuck Bartelt reviews Carroll's latest, which draws on the experiences of Association of Small Foundations members to illustrate how relatively small amounts of money can be put to work to change lives, increase educational and economic opportunities, strengthen human connections, and build a more sustainable environment....

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

November 29, 2012
Roger Thurow (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2012)

—The Foundation's Center's Emily Keller reviews the former Wall Street Journal reporter's account of a year in the life of a small farming community in rural Kenya and what one social entrepreneur is doing to help increase crop yields and end hunger and malnutrition in East Africa....

Changing Business From the Inside Out: A Treehugger's Guide to Working in Corporations

Changing Business From the Inside Out: A Treehugger's Guide to Working in Corporations

October 10, 2012
Timothy J. Mohin (San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler, 2012)

Mohin, who has worked for nearly two decades in the corporate social responsibility field, shares his optimism for that philanthropic model as the most effective way to create change that benefits communities; the Foundation Center's Emily Keller finds that his evidence supports a more ambiguous conclusion....

Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Change the World

Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Change the World

September 19, 2012
Dan Pallotta (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2012)

In his new book, Pallotta argues that social sector organizations should jettison outdated notions about overhead and marketing and embrace the idea that competitive salaries, advertising, and lobbying may be the best tools for charities to maximize donations and ultimately deliver superior services and programs.....

A Memoir of the Ford Foundation: The Early Years

A Memoir of the Ford Foundation: The Early Years

August 9, 2012
Evelyn C. Walsh, Verne S. Atwater (New York, New York: Vantage Press, 2012)

A new memoir about the early history of the Ford Foundation describes its support of leadership and documentary film initiatives, global human rights groups in the Southern Hemisphere, and expanded learning time in public schools, as well as its launch in 1936 as a corporate foundation with a modest endowment of $25,000...

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking

July 12, 2012
Eli Broad (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2012)

PND's Regina Mahone reviews philanthropist Broad's new memoir about his life and the characteristics that took him from a job as an accountant in Detroit to fame and fortune, including being unreasonable enough to ask fundamental questions about unexamined assumptions....

Us Before Me: Ethics and Social Capital for Global Well-Being

Us Before Me: Ethics and Social Capital for Global Well-Being

May 10, 2012
Patricia Illingworth (New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Illingworth, a Northeastern University professor, argues that social capital — social networks, reciprocity, and trust — should be a guiding principle in answering everyday moral questions as well as the more serious challenges in society, lawmaking, and global development....

The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success

The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success

March 26, 2012
Steve Rothschild (New York, New York: Jossey-Bass, 2012)

Gary Jaworski reviews a book by Rothschild, the founder of nonprofit Twin Cities RISE! and former EVP of General Mills, and casts a critical eye on the author's message that corporate management approaches are best for the nonprofit sector....

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

February 7, 2012
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (Hoboken, New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, 2011)

Melissa Brown reviews a new book by a Silicon Valley luminary that explores the many ways in which one can be "philanthropic," from volunteering, to "checkbook giving," to family foundations and donor-advised funds, to venture philanthropy....