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Charity and Philanthropy for Dummies
Karl T. Muth, Michael T.S. Lindenmayer, John Kluge
£16.99 from Wiley
They had to do it sooner or later. The ...for dummies series from Wiley has published a how-to guide for anyone teetering on the edge of the realm of philanthropy.
If you’re keen to better your business, your conscience and your community through philanthropic activity, but haven’t got a clue where to start, Charity and Philanthropy for Dummies offers some useful guidance.
The book contains information and advice about donating your money, your time, or your expertise. It also includes tips for fundraising, impact investment and social entrepreneurship. Charities such as ------, give their input through case studies, showing readers what works and what doesn’t.
Money isn’t everything, and the emergence of venture philanthropy in the sector doesn’t go unnoticed here. Muth, Lindenmayer and Kluge explain how you can give without being financially wealthy.
Furthermore, at a time when more and more givers are wary of the impact their donations are having, the book gives advice on socially responsible and impact investing as well as help with selective donations or investments.
Charity and Philanthropy for Dummies is written dialectically, encouraging the reader to take control of their thought process and consider - why do I want to give to charity? Which of the world’s problems do I feel most worried about? Where are the solutions to these problems and how can I give something of myself to this cause?
In buying this book you’ll have already started your philanthropic journey - the authors donate proceeds from every sale to charity.
Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, who provides the book’s foreward says:
“Giving is what makes humans different. When homo sapiens crossed the mouth of the Red Sea 50,000 years ago, we had learned how to cooperate in groups of up to 100, at most 150 people. now America has over 300 million citizens, and India and China each has over 1 billion. Further, you and all of us, participate every day in the world-wide web, and organisations of all sorts in every sector buy and sell and serve globally.
The acceleration in people helping one another - one on one and globally and in all sorts of combinations in between - is the central historical force at work. This irresistable force is, moreover, now accelerating exponentially.
That is why this book is so important.”