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

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

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

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

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

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....

Lifeblood: How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time

Lifeblood: How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time

Alex Perry (New York, New York: Perseus Books/Public Affairs, 2011)
November 23, 2011

PND's Nick Scott reviews the story of Ray Chambers, co-founder of Malaria No More, and his efforts to address one of the most pressing public health challenges confronting the developing world today by providing maximum bed-net coverage in some of the most badly affected African countries....

Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World

Women and Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World

Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Martha A. Taylor, Sondra Shaw-Hardy (New York, New York: Jossey-Bass, 2011)
August 30, 2011

The authors share their reasoning for why women are not only perfectly suited to the challenges of philanthropy, but, because of their distinct approach to giving, are uniquely positioned to drive real and lasting change in the world....

KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play

KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play

Darell Hammond (New York, New York: Rodale Books, 2011)
July 21, 2011

Hammond shares the story of how he and Dawn Hutchinson-Weiss founded KaBOOM! in 1995 to help residents in low-income communities organize themselves to build much-needed playgrounds....

Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment

Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment

Peter Buffett (New York, New York: Harmony Books, 2010)
December 21, 2010

Reading this compact book from Buffett is like sitting down for a heart-to-heart with a good friend who wants to share his optimism and simple rules for living, plus the opinions he formed about wealth as the son of one of the world's richest and savviest investors....

The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers Are Transforming America

The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers Are Transforming America

Shirley Sagawa (San Francisco, California: Jossey Bass, 2010)
September 8, 2010

In her new book, Sagawa, a former Clinton and Bush administration official, argues that strategically focused volunteering and national service are powerful forces that can help solve challenges in childhood development, education, health, aging, poverty, the environment, and other vital areas....

Global Philanthropy

Global Philanthropy

Luc Tayart de Borms, Norine MacDonald (London: MF Publishing, 2010)
August 18, 2010

In twenty-seven chapters, Global Philanthropy paints a complex portrait of philanthropy around the world as seen through the eyes of a remarkable range of contributors, including CEOs, program directors, donor advisors, strategists, and teachers....

Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business

Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business

Nancy Lublin (New York, New York: Penguin Group, 2010)
August 2, 2010

Lublin, the founder of Dress for Success and CEO of Do Something, highlights lessons learned from the nonprofit sector as models for corporate business practice in the post-Great Recession economy, which has forced organizations of all sizes to cut budgets and expenses, extract value from every dollar spent, and become more creative....

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times

Paul Rogat Loeb (New York, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2010)
June 24, 2010

Christopher Moore reviews an updated version of Loeb's 1999 classic, in which the writer-activist offers advice for anyone who wants to make a difference, including the equivalent of the Ten Commandments for would-be activists.....