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No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy

No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy

Linsey McGoey (New York, New York: Verso, 2015)
December 15, 2015

Linsey McGoey, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex, argues that the billionaire-knows-best style of philanthropy is as paternalistic as it is ineffective, and the simple truth of that observation is as lost on today's philanthropists as it was on Carnegie and Rockefeller....

The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

Dale Russakoff (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
November 30, 2015

Dale Russakoff's riveting account of how a $100 million pledge from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg aimed at turning around the public school system in Newark, New Jersey, went very wrong, very quickly is a cautionary tale for reform advocates and philanthropists....

Systems Thinking for Social Change

Systems Thinking for Social Change

David Peter Stroh (White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015)
October 9, 2015

Questioning the unhelpful modes of thinking that perpetuate chronic social problems is at the heart of David Peter Stroh's book, writes the Foundation Center's Mirielle Clifford....

Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference

Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference

Jeffrey W. Pryor, Alexandra Mitchell (Pompton Plains, New Jersey: Career Press, 2015)
August 21, 2015

Foundation Center's Grace Sato finds that the book not only offers stories of inspiration, passion, and serendipity but also makes a case for why a career in the nonprofit sector makes practical sense....

In Defense of a Liberal Education

In Defense of a Liberal Education

Fareed Zakaria (New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015)
August 11, 2015

Our reviewer, Michael Weston-Murphy, says Zakaria's book serves as a reminder of the importance of knowledge for the sake of knowledge in the increasingly globalized world of the twenty-first century....

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology

Kentaro Toyama (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2015)
June 29, 2015

If you're looking for an anti-technology manifesto, look elsewhere, says our reviewer, Kyoko Uchida; Geek Heresy presents a nuanced argument for a human-centric approach to development work that leverages, rather than relies on, technology to create social change....

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America

Michael M. Kaiser (Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2015)
May 28, 2015

Foundation Center's Daniel X. Matz reviews Michael M. Kaiser's latest take on the state of the arts in the United States....

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn (New York, New York: Knopf, 2014)
February 10, 2015

PND's Kyoko Uchida reviews Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book about how everyone has the means to give, and to give meaningfully....

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Dana Goldstein (New York, New York: Doubleday, 2014)
January 22, 2015

The Foundation Center's Chuck Bartelt, a former New York City public school teacher, reviews Dana Goldstein's book about the much-maligned profession of teaching and its potential alongside that of the American system of public education....