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The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

David Wallace-Wells (New York, New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2019)
September 24, 2020

Izzy Nesci, a former intern in the Insights department at Candid, writes that Wallace-Wells provides an utterly disturbing picture of the many ways in which global warming will transform every aspect of life on the planet — changes likely to lead to untold human suffering and quite possibly the extinction of our species — and urges readers to snap out of their uneasy complacency....

The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

Anthony Carnevale, Jeff Strohl, Peter Schmidt (New York, New York: The New Press, 2020)
August 17, 2020

Amelia Becker, an intern with the Communications department at Candid, finds that, in providing a historical context for current debates about higher education and in considering all the many factors involved in making education policy, the three authors provide a well-rounded picture of our current system....

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Phil Buchanan (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2019)
April 11, 2019

Daniel Matz, manager and content developer for Candid's Glasspockets.org portal, reviews Phil Buchanan's new book, which lays out a framework that can help anyone engaged in philanthropy to be more thoughtful, open-minded, and willing to learn, adapt, and keep trying....

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance

Edgar Villanueva (Oakland, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018)
January 25, 2019

Villanueva argues that the "decolonizing" of wealth and facilitating healing from trauma requires acknowledging our history, deep grief over how the colonizer mindset has affected us all; taking steps to align foundations' investment strategies more intentionally as a means of generating greater social impact; and addressing the issue of reparations....

You Can't Be What You Can't See: The Power of Opportunity to Change Young Lives

You Can't Be What You Can't See: The Power of Opportunity to Change Young Lives

Milbrey W. McLaughlin (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press, 2018)
September 27, 2018

You Can't Be What You Can't See is an in-depth look at the root causes of poverty in one urban community and an inspiring guide for anyone interested in starting or working for an out-of-school time program that really makes a difference....

Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundations Can Build EPIC Partnerships

Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundations Can Build EPIC Partnerships

Jane Leu, Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Vu Le (United Kingdom: Red Press Ltd, 2018)
July 24, 2018

Written by Jessamyn Shams-Lau, executive director of the Peery Foundation, Jane Leu, founder and CEO of Smarter Good, and Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, Unicorns Unite is, according to reviewer Aleda Gagarin, "a highly creative attempt to deconstruct the classic dichotomy between grantmaker and grantseeker"....

How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't

How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't

Leslie R. Crutchfield (Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018)
July 24, 2018

While there is no simple recipe for social movement success, Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and her team have identified a number of patterns that distinguish successful social movements from those that failed....

Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice

Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice

Maisha T. Winn (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press, 2018)
June 5, 2018

Maisha T. Winn, a professor of education at the University of California, Davis, makes a compelling case for the use of restorative justice (RJ) practices in schools as a way to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline that has destroyed the lives of too many young people of color....

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

Chris Hughes (New York, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2018)
May 8, 2018

According to our reviewer, Nick Opinsky, what makes Fair Shot so inspiring isn't its bold and straightforward approach to the problem of poverty in America but Hughes' open, honest, and refreshingly human exploration of how his own background, upbringing, and experience led him to advocate for a guaranteed income for low-income and working people, paid for by people like himself....

Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

Kathleen Kelly Janus (New York, New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017)
April 12, 2018

What can nonprofits do to get over the "revenue hump" and achieve long-term, sustainable success? According to our reviewer, Mirielle Clifford, Kathleen Kelly Janus's new book offers strategies, tools, and a trove of insights guaranteed to help any nonprofit, large or small, new or established, thrive and create lasting impact....

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

Heesu Jang, Manisha Mirchandani, Ruth A. Shapiro (New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
March 22, 2018

According to our reviewer, Supriya Kumar, Shapiro, Mirchandani, and Jang's book is a much-needed look at how Asian philanthropy works, how it differs from philanthropy in the West, and what we are likely to see in the way of trends and developments in the coming years....

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

Kathryn Moeller (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2018)
March 14, 2018

Kathryn Moeller argues that the real effect of corporate investment in girls and women has been to mask the historical and structural conditions that perpetuate poverty in the Global South and to de-politicize the demands for fair-labor practices and a more equitable economic order by the very women and girls such investment purports to empower....

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

Joel L. Fleishman (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2017)
January 24, 2018

Foundation Center's Nick Opinsky reviews social sector veteran Joel L. Fleishman's examination of an age-old question: Do I commit all (or most of) my resources to charitable causes in my lifetime, or should I create a giving vehicle that exists in perpetuity?....