Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World

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Donating is just one means of achieving impact—and whileit's an important starting point, it's not the endgame.

Rather than focus on the mechanics of effective grantmaking,reporting, or evaluation, Do More Than Give reveals howfoundation leaders, trustees, and individual donors can rise toaddress the complex challenges facing our increasinglyinterdependent world.

Written by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer(three philanthropy ...

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Overview

Donating is just one means of achieving impact—and whileit's an important starting point, it's not the endgame.

Rather than focus on the mechanics of effective grantmaking,reporting, or evaluation, Do More Than Give reveals howfoundation leaders, trustees, and individual donors can rise toaddress the complex challenges facing our increasinglyinterdependent world.

Written by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer(three philanthropy experts), Do More Than Give shows how adistinct breed of donors helps solve pressing social andenvironmental problems. The authors studied a diverse mix ofhigh-impact foundations, corporations, and individuals. Theseinspirational stories range from the world's largest privatefoundations and corporations to families and community andplace-based foundations. While some are wealthier than others, theyall share a critical trait: They each do more than give.

Research for this book was grounded in the best practicesrevealed in the previous work coauthored by Leslie Crutchfield andHeather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices ofHigh-Impact Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass). Combining that frameworkwith FSG's principles of catalytic philanthropy, the authors ofDo More Than Give set out to understand how donors catalyzereal change.

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This how-to book examines the modern role of philanthropy, moving from merely "giving away money" to becoming "active participants in the business of solving social and environmental problems." The authors examine six practices donors can undertake to change the world, an admirable goal, but much of their message gets lost in muddy jargon: "it is useful to think of collaboration as a spectrum of activity that ranges from loose coordination and informal information sharing to intense, focused collective impact campaigns" (see Figure 5.1). The message itself, and the book's organization, however, are right on the money. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key principles covered and includes reminders of important points. Some of their real-life examples are especially illustrative, such as the story about a San Diego foundation that asked residents what they hoped for in their community and used funds to create an environment tailored to those desires and needs. Also fascinating is their look at "adaptive leaders" who learn to influence beyond their control, take on a higher profile, and engage with media, a type of leadership the authors endorse but warn is "not for the timid...power hungry." (Mar.)
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This how-to book examines the modern role of philanthropy, moving from merely "giving away money" to becoming "active participants in the business of solving social and environmental problems." The authors examine six practices donors can undertake to change the world, an admirable goal, but much of their message gets lost in muddy jargon: "it is useful to think of collaboration as a spectrum of activity that ranges from loose coordination and informal information sharing to intense, focused collective impact campaigns" (see Figure 5.1). The message itself, and the book's organization, however, are right on the money. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key principles covered and includes reminders of important points. Some of their real-life examples are especially illustrative, such as the story about a San Diego foundation that asked residents what they hoped for in their community and used funds to create an environment tailored to those desires and needs. Also fascinating is their look at "adaptive leaders" who learn to influence beyond their control, take on a higher profile, and engage with media, a type of leadership the authors endorse but warn is "not for the timid...power hungry." (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470891445
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,168,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie R. Crutchfield is an author and a leading authorityon scaling social innovation and high-impact philanthropy. She is asenior advisor at FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing insocial sector strategy, evaluation, and research. Her previousbook, Forces for Good, was recognized in TheEconomist on its annual list of Top Business Books.

John V. Kania is a managing director at FSG who overseesthe firm's consulting practice. John is a featured author of thebook Learning from the Future, and he has been published inStanford Social Innovation Review and the Wall StreetJournal. He is a former partner of both Mercer ManagementConsulting and Corporate Decisions, Inc.

Mark R. Kramer is cofounder and a managing director atFSG, cofounder of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and aSenior Fellow at Harvard University. Mark speaks and writesextensively on topics in philanthropy and corporate responsibility,and has been published in Harvard Business Review andStanford Social Innovation Review.
Visit their website, www.fsg.org

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

The Authors xv

1 Catalytic Philanthropy 1

2 Commit to Your Cause 19

3 Practice 1: Advocate for Change 37

4 Practice 2: Blend Profit with Purpose 63

5 Practice 3: Forge Nonprofit Peer Networks 87

6 Practice 4: Empower the People 119

7 Practice 5: Lead Adaptively 143

8 Practice 6: Learn in Order to Change 165

9 Toward a More Catalytic Future 185

Appendix A: Research Methodology 191

Appendix B: Peer Survey Questions 199

Appendix C: Research Advisors 203

Appendix D: Review of the Six Practices of High-ImpactNonprofits in Forces for Good 205

Appendix E: Getting Started with Catalytic

Philanthropy 211

Notes 227

Index 239

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