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Foundations in Europe: Society, Management and Law

Foundations in Europe: Society, Management and Law

Andreas Schluter, Volker Then, Peter Walkenhorst (London: Directory of Social Change, 2001)
December 4, 2001

This compilation of essays written by more thanfifty researchers, academic scholars, and respected members of the philanthropic community from both the United States and Europe takes a comparative approach to evaluate the philanthropic activities that exist across European countries, highlighting the diversity of philanthropic traditions in different legal, social, and political cultures....

Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States

Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States

David C. Hammack (ed.) (Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1998)
November 28, 2001

Selections culled from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries range from essays by Daniel Webster, John Marshall, and Alexis de Tocqueville to important scholarly works by W. E. B. DuBois and Kathleen McCarthy, and, taken together, deepen our understanding of the enduring theme of civil society in the United States....

Family Foundation Handbook

Family Foundation Handbook

Jerry McCoy, Kathryn W. Miree (New York, New York: A Panel Publication/Panel Publishers and Aspen Publishers, 2001)
November 20, 2001

The Foundation Center's Bon Iniya reviews The Family Foundation Handbook, a compilation of valuable legal, tax-related and programmatic guidelines and suggestions for families (and their professional advisers) who are interested in starting a family foundation....

Fundraising on the Internet: The ePhilanthropy-Foundation.Org's Guide to Success Online

Fundraising on the Internet: The ePhilanthropy-Foundation.Org's Guide to Success Online

Ted Hart, Mim Carlson, Mal Warwick, Daryl E. Ferguson, Nick Allen (San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2001)
November 13, 2001

Even before the atrocities of 9/11, the nonprofit world was in need of a single source of pragmatic perspective and advice on the sometimes bewildering world of the Internet — told not from a single author's perspective, but from the viewpoint of the acknowledged leaders in the nonprofit online world; this book was created to fill that gap....

American Foundations: An Investigative History

American Foundations: An Investigative History

Mark Dowie (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2001)
November 6, 2001

Dowie, whose chief criticism of foundations is that they siphon wealth away from the tax base, where it could be used for the betterment of all, in favor of an agenda arrived at by one person or a small group of people, nonetheless concludes that third sector philanthropy is and can be a viable instrument of social change.....

Board Recruitment & Orientation: A Step-by-Step, Common Sense Guide

Board Recruitment & Orientation: A Step-by-Step, Common Sense Guide

Hildy Gottlieb (Tucson, Arizona: Renaissance Press, 2001)
October 30, 2001

Gottlieb uses her considerable 10+ years as a nonprofit consultant to help readers brainstorm the characteristics that board members must have; offer stories, checklists, forms, and charts; and debunk plenty of entrenched dogma about the board-member recruitment process....

Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors

Developing Major Gifts: Turning Small Donors into Big Contributors

Laura Fredricks (Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publishers, 2001)
October 23, 2001

Beginning with the definition of a major gift, Fredricks goes on to discuss how to start a major gifts program, preparation of the gift proposal, making the ask, thanking and recognizing donors, and tracking of prospect activities and gifts; she also includes three case studies....

Nonprofit Boards That Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance

Nonprofit Boards That Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance

Maureen K. Robinson (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001)
October 16, 2001

Robinson believes that whatever their similarities, nonprofits differ dramatically in terms of scale and structure, organizational history and cultural traditions; particularly useful in this context is her differentiation of the board's role into three "dimensions" — legal, functional, and symbolic....

Raising More Money: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Lifelong Donors

Raising More Money: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Lifelong Donors

Terry Axelrod (Seattle, Washington: Boylston Books, 2000)
October 9, 2001

Using charts and diagrams, Axelrod lays out her model for turning one-time donors into lifelong donors by getting to know them individually and learning what motivates them to give and what it would take to have them give more....

Wealth in Families

Wealth in Families

Charles W. Collier (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard College, 2001)
October 2, 2001

All families possess human, intellectual, social, and financial wealth to some degree, Collier argues, and assessing the nature and extent of each type of wealth is a necessary precursor to deciding how (or whether) to formalize a structure for expressing a family's philosophy and values through philanthropy....

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality

Kathryn W. Miree, Randall Packer, Ken Jordan (New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001)
September 25, 2001

PND's Mitch Nauffts reviews a collection of essays, articles, and literary artifacts that traces the development of multimedia over the past 150 years by authors ranging from Vannevar Bush, Norbert Wiener, and Tim Berners-Lee, to Richard Wagner, John Cage, William Burroughs, and Nam June Paik....

Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America

Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America

E. J. Dionne, Jr., Jerry J. McCoy (Washington, District of Columbia: Brookings Institution Press, 1998)
September 18, 2001

Community Works is a diverse collection of essays that can be read like a textbook by those new to the concept of civil society or, for the professional or academic, illustrates its political and social applications, including the debate over what role the federal government plays in nurturing or undermining civil society....

Agent-Animated Wealth and Philanthropy: The Dynamics of Accumulation and Allocation Among High-Tech Donors

Paul G. Schervish, Mary A. O'Herlihy, John J. Havens (Boston, Massachusetts: Boston College Social Welfare Research Institute, 2001)
September 13, 2001

Based on an in-depth survey of twenty-eight venture philanthropists, the authors coin the term "agent-animated philanthropy" to describe their philanthropic activity, "in which high-tech donors strive to be productive of outcomes in the same way they have been, or continue to be, formative of outcomes in their business ventures in the knowledge economy"....

Nonprofit Websites: Cutting Through the E-Maze

Nonprofit Websites: Cutting Through the E-Maze

Todd Baker (Atlanta, Georgia: Grizzard, Inc., 2001)
September 4, 2001

Voltaire's observation that "The more things change, the more they stay the same" is a central theme in Baker's twin theses: 1) the Internet is not a "new world" but rather a potentially valuable additional tool for nonprofits in the "real" world; and 2) a nonprofit's online presence should be a component of an overall marketing plan, not a technological island divorced from the rest of the organization's strategy....

Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations, 2nd edition

Michael I. Sanders (New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2000)
August 28, 2001

Sanders thoroughly examines the arrangements under which nonprofit organizations enter into partnerships with other nonprofits or for-profit entities to share resources in the pursuit of charitable goals, and explores the liability of, and consequences to, those nonprofits, either directly or indirectly...