Revolution of the Heart: A New Strategy for Creating Wealth and Meaningful Change

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Alarmed by the spread of poverty and its closest ally, hunger, Americans eager for solutions have found themselves with few ideas and little hope. Shore provides not only inspiration but also lucid directions for the journey from traditional politics to a more direct and powerful way of connecting to our communities and, through them, to the people in our lives and to ourselves. His is a two-part strategy: First, he calls on the nonprofit sector to become self-sustaining by creating new wealth with the same ...
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Overview

Alarmed by the spread of poverty and its closest ally, hunger, Americans eager for solutions have found themselves with few ideas and little hope. Shore provides not only inspiration but also lucid directions for the journey from traditional politics to a more direct and powerful way of connecting to our communities and, through them, to the people in our lives and to ourselves. His is a two-part strategy: First, he calls on the nonprofit sector to become self-sustaining by creating new wealth with the same aggressive financial acumen essential to any business. Second, he calls on us as citizens to assume responsibility for the next generation by becoming personally involved with those in need - not through the donation of our own "leftover wealth," but through the contribution of skills, talent, and time. In Share Our Strength he has created a revolutionary organization which has grown in one decade to a $30 million grant-giving operation that takes none of its funding from the government, and in so doing he has reinvented the traditional notion of a nonprofit that survives on foundation grants and private donations. Instead, Share Our Strength generates new wealth through entrepreneurial ventures - corporate marketing partnerships and the sale of goods and services - that exploit the forces and demands of the marketplace for greater good. Share Our Strength and a number of other innovative organizations are at the forefront of a new breed: the nonprofit run for profit. Money made is reinvested in community-based projects and programs that directly serve those in need.

Over 39 million Americans are living in poverty, half of them children. In this timely, impassioned call-to-arms, Bill Shore--founder of Share Our Strength, a revolutionary organization that has served as a powerful and unique weapon in the fight against hunger--provides a plan of action which is solidly built on our sense of responsibility to each other and which points the way to meaningful change.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shore posits that welfare programs, private charities and nonprofit agencies fail to solve social problems because many compete for the same limited funds, operate inefficiently and/or use little creativity. He proposes alliances with businesses willing to dedicate part of their profits to solutions. As examples, he cites Working Assets and the enterprises of Paul Newman, Joseph Kennedy, Ben & Jerry's and his own Share Our Strength (SOS). These are driven by people of social vision who, while creating jobs and wealth, at the same time provide new funding sources for social programs. Sometimes a nonprofit, such as SOS-concerned primarily with hunger-enters into a partnership with an existing company, the one providing products or skills, the other devising marketing vehicles for them, and together creating new resources for social projects. A former aide to Senator Gary Hart, Shore offers timely analyses of the failures of nonprofits and government programs, and his examples of successful coalitions with business are inspiring. Yet critics will have many ``yes-buts'' in response to his argument, which, though silken and persuasive, seems long on idealism and short on wide application, depending as it does on a ``revolution of the heart.'' (Nov.)
Library Journal
Shore, CEO and founder of Share Our Strength (his nonprofit, hunger-fighting organization), has written an important work that could change the way America thinks about its future. His philosophy is that nonprofits need to think and act like businesses-creating wealth rather than redistributing it. He explains that the problems of the world cannot be solved by governments or economic markets. To make real changes, citizens must take responsibility for their communities. Shore suggests how this can be done. By outlining the progression of Share Our Strength from an idea to a highly successful, multimillion dollar "business," Shore demonstrates how money and other contributions can be raised to help the needy. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ., Pullman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573225656
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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