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The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan [NOOK Book]

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"An honest assessment for how to determine your individual relationship with charitable giving in today's world From world-renowned philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies comes a comprehensive guide on how to be a canny, street-smart, effective philanthropist, regardless of your income level. It is also a perfect companion for nonprofit program and development executives who would like to introduce donors to their work and their organizations. Despite their critical importance to

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The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan

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Overview

"An honest assessment for how to determine your individual relationship with charitable giving in today's world From world-renowned philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies comes a comprehensive guide on how to be a canny, street-smart, effective philanthropist, regardless of your income level. It is also a perfect companion for nonprofit program and development executives who would like to introduce donors to their work and their organizations. Despite their critical importance to philanthropy, donors have few resources for solid information about making their gifts-deciding what type of gift to give, how to structure it, the tax implications, what level of follow-up and transparency they should ask for and expect, and countless other complexities. This book fills that vacuum and helps you gain a special understanding of philanthropy as a business undertaking as well as a deeply personal, reflective process. Drawing on decades of experience, the authors offer a fresh, enlivening approach to the nonprofit enterprise that, too often, is undervalued and thought of as the province of the burnt-out and the overwhelmed. Along with its many candid insights and memorable anecdotes, The Art of Giving also offers instruction on how to create a business plan for giving that works for you"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bronfman and Solomon (founder and president, respectively, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies) set out to create an approach to philanthropy for everyone. They do not recommend which organizations to donate to but instead present strategies to help philanthropists pinpoint what types of organizations are most meaningful to them, determine what level of involvement they want, and help them plan their giving better. The authors begin by differentiating philanthropy, which they see as a new way of giving, from charity, which they see as the old way of giving. They then present three sections, "The Donor," "The Partners," and "The Gift," providing relevant examples on the topic, mostly from their own experiences. The fourth part of the book is an extensive list of resources on nonprofits that includes descriptions of organizations and their web sites. VERDICT The authors' straightforward explanations, particularly of types of gifts, help make their complicated topic simpler to understand. The book will provide some food for thought for anyone considering making charitable donations.—Elizabeth Nelson, UOP Lib., Des Plaines, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470531754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 826 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Bronfman, of the Seagram's corporate family, is the founder of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. He was cochairman of Seagram's, the founding owner of the Montreal Expos, and former chairman of Koor Industries Ltd., as well as chairman of the Montreal Jewish Federation and the first chairman of the United Jewish Communities. Among his many philanthropic duties, Bronfman sits on the boards of Mount Sinai Medical Center and Brandeis University.

Jeffrey Solomon is president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. He has taught the subject of philanthropy at New York University and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committeeon Ethics and Practice. Solomon has been chief operating officer of the United Jewish Appeal Federation in New York, and he is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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Table of Contents

Foreword James Wolfensohn Wolfensohn, James

Introduction Who We Are 1

Pt. 1 The Donor

1 Getting Started 11

2 The Joy of Giving 19

3 The New Philanthropy 23

4 Donors Come in All Types 29

5 The Soul of the New Philanthropist 39

6 Accelerants 57

7 Finding Your Niche 65

Pt. 2 The Partners

8 Do I Do It - or Do I Buy It? 81

9 Working with a Nonprofit 97

10 Running the Show 113

11 The Family 127

12 The Face in the Mirror 143

13 Philanthropy in Hard Times 153

Pt. 3 The Gift

14 A Glossary of Gifts 161

15 The Pudding Is in the Proof 175

16 A Little Financial Advice 189

17 On Innovations 203

18 Twenty Questions - Investing in Changing the World 213

Epilogue: Why We Are Here 217

Pt. 4 Resources

Resource A: Index of Nonprofit Resources 223

Resource B: Further Sources of Information 259

Index 267

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    The Truth Is Generally Simple

    There are people who "get it" and then there's everyone else. 8 years ago, Dale and I found ourselves in partnership with Andy & Charles as we started a not-for-profit. We were comfortable doing this as we had worked as Board Members with many small 501c3s in the arts and I'd chaired several boards. The first thing I realized was that we had a huge advantage as we worked out of the ACBP office and had "bumping into each other time" with Charles and Jeff and Jason Soloway and Steve Novick and John Hoover.........and a staff of terrific people who were always prepared to help.

    I am delighted that Jeff & Charles have written this book. It's terrific............and I'm taking one to a meeting I'm having tomorrow with a Development Director who could have saved herself this breakfast meeting had she listened to what I'd already told her..........but people often don't listen and we are amongst that small group of people who are really clear as to where we fit into the world of philanthropy. Having hung out with Jeff and Charles all these years has made us look deeply into ourselves, find our niche, find great partners and then GO FOR IT.

    Now............buy the book and read it.

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