Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change

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Last year, Americans donated $150 billion to charity, an amount larger than the U.S. defense budget. Giving has never been more popular, possible, or, for many, more confusing. There are oceans of need, mountains of requests -- and often little time to examine our preconceptions about money (earned, inherited, bequeathed, saved, spent) and make the best decisions on how to give effectively.

"Change, not charity!" is this book's enthusiastic theme. Longtime activists and givers, authors Chuck Collins, Pam Rogers,...

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Overview

Last year, Americans donated $150 billion to charity, an amount larger than the U.S. defense budget. Giving has never been more popular, possible, or, for many, more confusing. There are oceans of need, mountains of requests -- and often little time to examine our preconceptions about money (earned, inherited, bequeathed, saved, spent) and make the best decisions on how to give effectively.

"Change, not charity!" is this book's enthusiastic theme. Longtime activists and givers, authors Chuck Collins, Pam Rogers, and Joan P. Garner show that traditional charity too often reinforces the status quo and maintains the dynamics of dependency and control. The progressive ethic of giving endorsed in this book, on the other hand, offers detailed ways to address the root causes of social problems. With numerous organizational listings and hundreds of helpful suggestions, Robin Hood Was Right is a fun, user-friendly guide for the socially conscious giver, whether one is able to give annually $500 or $5,000,000.

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Read this book, share it with friends and family, and do what it says. By the time you've finished Robin Hood Was Right, you will have absorbed the message about giving, acquainted yourself with the step-by-step procedures for how to do it, and met some of the progressive donors who have the paved the way for you. Perhaps most important, you will also have become familiar with the vibrant organizations and dedicated human beings who are the hopeful recipients of your gifts, and who will turn your dollars into real social change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393048278
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan P. Garner is the executive director of the Southern Partners Fund in Atlanta.

Pam Rogers is the special projects coordinator at the Haymarket People’s Fund.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11
Preface 15
Introduction 21
Pt. I The Politics of Giving
Ch. 1 Understanding Charity 27
The Newtown Florist Club 33
Ch. 2 Change, Not Charity 34
The Coalition for Human Dignity 43
Ch. 3 What's Going On Out There 46
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition 55
Pt. II Your Money, Yourself
Ch. 4 Vision + Belief = Action for Change 59
The Women's Cancer Resource Center 66
Ch. 5 Roadblocks to Action ... and Moving Ahead 68
The Police Barrio Relations Project 79
Pt. III Getting from Here to There - Nuts and Bolts
Ch. 6 Taking Charge of Your Money 83
Organizing Immigrant Workers 101
Ch. 7 Tax-Wise Giving 106
Malama Makua 117
Ch. 8 Choosing and Working with Financial Professionals 119
The Community Coalition for Substance Abuse and Treatment 134
Ch. 9 Socially Responsible Investing: Do You Know What Your Money Is Doing? 136
The Virginia Black Lung Association 146
Ch. 10 Organizing ... and Beyond! 149
Not in Our Town 164
Pt. IV Decisions, Decisions
Ch. 11 One Way of Doing It: Social Change Foundations 169
Men Stopping Violence 182
Ch. 12 Doing It Yourself 184
Recovery Initiative 198
Ch. 13 Doing It by Design: Your Giving Plan 200
Citizens for Safe Water around Badger 214
Ch. 14 How to Be a Really Great Giver 217
Peace through Inter-American Community Action 225
Afterword: Ellen Gurzinsky 227
Notes 232
App. A Progressive Social Change Foundations 234
App. B Great Social Change Groups 238
App. C International Giving Resources 253
App. D Organizations that Support Giving 256
App. E Infrastructure: Organizations that Support Organizing 259
App. F Resources for the Socially Responsible Investor 263
App. G Bibliography 265
App. H Pointers for Reading an Organization's Budget 275
Index 277
Order blank for the Gift-Giving Guide 287
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