Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

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by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

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A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything—time, money, experience, skills, and networks—in any amount to create a betterworld.

Every day millions of ordinary people exhibit extraordinary generosity. Regardless of age, income, religion, and beliefs, we want to touch the lives of others. Yet philanthropy is often reactive—we write

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A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything—time, money, experience, skills, and networks—in any amount to create a betterworld.

Every day millions of ordinary people exhibit extraordinary generosity. Regardless of age, income, religion, and beliefs, we want to touch the lives of others. Yet philanthropy is often reactive—we write checks when natural disasters strike, we give to our schools and places of worship, or we support friends running a marathon for a cure. How can we transform these occasional acts of giving into consistent generosity that creates enduring impact? Moreover, how can we harness the most exciting opportunities that the 21st century offers with the power of technology, collaboration, and entrepreneurship?

With so many new ways to give, selecting the strategy and organizations that best match your own philanthropic goals can be a daunting task. Giving 2.0 shows how to navigate these oceans of possibilities, empowering you to move from reactive to proactive. No matter what, when, and why you give, Giving 2.0 is the ultimate resource to guide your giving journey.

Based on her wide-ranging experience as a philanthropist, educator, and social innovator, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen shares the most effective strategies she herself pilots. Through dozens of real-world stories, Giving 2.0 shows how everyone can find innovative and powerful methods to give their time, money, and expertise—whether volunteering and fundraising, leveraging technology and social media, creating social innovation. or starting a giving circle, fund, foundation, nonprofit, or advocacy group.

Accessible, practical, and deeply personal, Giving 2.0 shows how individual contributions—of every size—go further when we bring both our hearts and our minds to philanthropy to reach our fullest potential. Ultimately, Giving 2.0 is an indispensable tool for everyone aspiring to create social impact, transmit giving values to their children, and find long-lasting meaning from generosity.

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“Giving 2.0 empowers everyone—from volunteers todonors to advocates—to get the most out of their giving andthemselves.”
Melinda Gates, cochair and trustee, Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation

“Giving 2.0 is a real gift to anybody committed tousing his or her life, resources, and energies to make the world abetter place. I've been involved in philanthropy, nonprofitorganizations, and fundraising for over 20 years, and this iswithout a doubt the most comprehensive and accessible guide tosmart philanthropy that I have ever encountered. It's both aninspiring call for a culture of giving and an excellent, indeedessential manual of practical steps people can take to maximizetheir positive impact on the world.”
-Edward Norton, actor and cofounder, Crowdrise

“Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is a brilliant storyteller whohas the rare gift of animating both the heart and mind ofphilanthropy. A compelling read, Giving 2.0 draws richly onthe credibility of her personal journey as well as her broadacademic expertise. It is brimming with persuasive evidence andpractical resources for all types of philanthropists, from thosejust beginning to those with significant experience looking to moreeffectively evaluate their progress and enhance their efforts.Giving 2.0 is a must-read for anyone eager to change theworld.”
Judith Rodin, president, RockefellerFoundation

“Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen shows us the power of newthinking around philanthropy and inspires readers to make adifference. Giving 2.0 is an important bookonethat will empower a new generation of philanthropists and make theworld a better place.”
—Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO,, andauthor, Behind the Cloud

Giving 2.0 redefines philanthropy, revealingthrough compelling stories that charity is not just aboutdonating money. This powerful book will inspire youto use your time, expertise and voice to have an enduring impact.Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen shows usthat everybody can help to change theworld.”
—Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

“A highly engaging book, written by a national leader inphilanthropy, Giving 2.0 is a must-have resource forpresent and future donors at any level. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessenbeautifully captures the most important principles for giving withyour hands, your heart, and your head. Her compelling personalstories, as well as inspiring examples of effective donors of allages and incomes, provide practical and inspirational insights,ideas, and innovations that underlie the art of givingwell.”
John Hennessy, president, StanfordUniversity

“At last! This terrific book cuts through the jargon todemystify philanthropy, proving what's possible when givers puttheir hearts and minds to issues that really matter. LauraArrillaga-Andreessen's profiles in great giving are beautifullyrendered, her insights fresh and compelling, and her practicalhow-tos pitch perfect. Giving 2.0 should become theindispensable guide for everyone who's ready to make the most ofwhat they have to give!”
—Sally Osberg, president and CEO, Skoll Foundation

“Through vignettes of individual and familyphilanthropists, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a great philanthropistand leader in her own right, captures both the passion and thetough analysis and decision-making necessary to turn that passioninto results. In a highly engaging style, she covers the value ofhaving clear goals for one's own philanthropy; the importance ofsupporting an organization's real needs, even for quotidian backoffice functions; and how to undertake appropriate due diligenceand evaluation. Giving 2.0 offers a bounty of valuableinformation for donors of all levels.”
—Paul Brest, president, William and Flora HewlettFoundation, and coauthor, Money Well Spent

“Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has made a great contributionto the philanthropy of this country, combining personal experienceand passion with professional insight to create a deeply valuableresource that will help families throughout their philanthropicjourneys. Giving 2.0 is a book that provides richstories, inspiration, and information relevant to all as theycontinue to give generously of both time and money.”
—Carol Larson, president and CEO, PackardFoundation

Giving 2.0 opens the door to a new era ofphilanthropy in which everyone, at every giving level, cancombine new and innovative approaches with the power of theInternet to achieve positive social impact and personal joy,whether by helping their neighbors next door or across the world.It offers a rare perspective from one of philanthropy's mostthoughtful leaders that makes it essential reading for anyone whowants to make giving a meaningful part of his or herlife.”
—Leslie Crutchfield and Mark Kramer, coauthors, Do MoreThan Give

“Research shows that happiness comes from spending timeconnecting with others, not just having or spending money.Giving 2.0 shows how connected the world is, and how todetermine the role you'd like to play in changing theworld. Whether donating time, money, skill, or voice,Giving 2.0 can show you how to gain greater happiness andfulfillment from your efforts.”
—Jennifer Aaker, coauthor, The Dragonfly Effect,and professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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