Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan / Edition 2

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If you want to change the world, you'll want to read Inspired Philanthropy. Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner show you how social change happens. No matter how much or little you have to give, you'll learn how to create a giving plan that will make your charitable giving catalytic. Then, through clear text and substantive exercises, you'll learn how to align your giving with your deepest values -- to help bring about the very changes you want.
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"True financial freedom can only be achieved when generosity toward others is a part of every breath you take. This book will make sure you continue to breathe financially free for yourself and others for generations to come."
— Suze Orman, author, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and The Road to Wealth

"Inspired Philanthropy lets us in on the secret that giving money for social change is the most rewarding form of investment. Whether you have a few hundred or a few million dollars, this workbook will help you give it effectively. Tracy Gary— a pioneer in countering the sex and race bias in the world of philanthropy— shares a lifetime of expertise."
— Gloria Steinem, consulting editor, Ms. Magazine, writer, activist

"Inspired Philanthropy is a good book— don't miss it. It is a most ingenious mixture of philanthropic philosophy, personal accounts of how some individuals have handled their giving, and, most interesting, a rich section of exercises that leads you through the gift-making process. This book makes you want to do philanthropy the way it should be done. It is suitable for all people touched by philanthropy: givers and takers, big and little. The field will owe to these authors."
— David R. Hunter, "The Father" of Progressive Philanthropy

"Reducing militarism and supporting human needs must become major foundations for our values and visions for this world. Inspired Philanthropy may be just the tool we need for the revitalization of a responsive democracy. Buy this book but be sure to sit down with your family and community and use it to guide your check writing and volunteering."
— Ben Cohen, president and founder, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities and former chairman, Ben & Jerry's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964108
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Series: Kim Klein's Fundraising Series , #9
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Worksheets, and Exercises xv
Foreword xix
Preface xxi
Acknowledgments xxv
About the Authors xxvii
Introduction xxix
Creating a Giving Plan xxx
How to Use This Book xxxiv
Part 1 Creating Your Giving Plan
1 Giving and the Nonprofit World 3
Why Give? Charity, Social Maintenance Giving, and Progressive Philanthropy 3
The Public Face of American Giving 4
Nonprofits: An Essential Link 6
That's a Lot of Money 7
The Role of Private Philanthropy 9
What Motivates People to Give 13
2 You, the Philanthropist 17
What Do You Care About? 20
What Do You Bring with You? 21
3 Your Current System of Giving 29
Imagining a Better World 29
Pulling It All Together 35
How Social Change Happens 35
4 Creating a Mission Statement 41
Writing Your Mission Statement 41
Some Inspired Mission Statements from Individuals and Family Foundations 44
5 Deciding How Much to Give 47
How Much Money Do You Think You Have? 48
Major Giving Practices 48
Thinking a Little Bigger 54
6 Volunteering and Skill Sharing 57
Time Is Also a Resource 58
Creating Families with a Culture of Service 65
Volunteering for Leadership 65
Using Your Skills as a Nonprofit Board Member 69
An Important Volunteer Opportunity: Fundraising 72
7 Where to Give, and How 77
Choosing Where to Give 77
Giving Internationally 82
Making Decisions 83
8 Creating Your Personal Giving Plan 89
The Worksheet 90
Clarifying Your Intention 99
Results and Impact: Giftmaking Yearly Review 99
Expanding your Giving Horizon 99
The Philanthropic Learning Curve 112
Part 2 Strategic and Creative Ways to Leverage Your Giving
9 Relationships with Groups You Support 117
Effective Donor Communication 117
Communicating Your Support for an Organization 119
Communicating Donor Intent 120
Giving Anonymously 121
Loans 122
Setting Boundaries: How to Handle Requests 123
Donor Bill of Rights 128
10 The Many Ways to Give 131
Common Vehicles for Giving 132
Ways to Give: Each Serving Different Needs 133
Some Frequently Used Ways to Give 138
New Strategies in Decision Making and Giving 153
11 Encouraging Children to Give 169
Teenage Initiatives 171
Youth as Grantmakers 173
Young People Ask About Giving 175
12 For Donors Who Have $25,000 or More to Give 179
Working with an Advisor 180
Thinking About Giving from Net Worth 181
Networking with Other Major Donors 184
Working Closely with Organizations You May Fund: Budgets, Visits, Letters 188
Afterword 193
Some Final Questions to Reflect on 195
A. Inspired Philanthropy Giving Model 197
B. Creative Ideas for Giving 199
Making Connections 199
Endowing Adulthood 200
Sparking an Idea 201
Joining Clients in Their Giving 202
Incentive Gifts 202
Giving Collaboratively 202
Two Challenge Grants 205
C. Sample Letters 209
Request for Financial Information 210
Request to Reduce Mailings 211
Request for Anonymity 212
Notification of Withdrawal of Support 213
Response to $50,000 Request for Endowment Support 214
Response to Request for Lead Gift 215
Notification to Accompany Donation 216
Inquiry to Make a Matching Gift 217
Letter Hiring a Professional 218
D. Breaking Barriers to Effective Giving 219
Informational Barriers 220
Emotional Barriers 222
Strategic Barriers 222
E. Loans to Friends 225
Questions Concerning Loans to Friends 227
F. Resources 229
Creating a Giving Plan 229
Effective and Strategic Giving 229
Philanthropic Reform 235
Social Change 236
Where to Give 237
Venture Philanthropy 244
Nonprofit Rating Organizations 245
On-line Giving 246
Internet-Based Resources 247
Money 247
Organizations and Networks Serving Young Donors (Ages 15-40) 249
Money Management 250
Index 253
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