A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Philanthropy

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Can one person make a difference?

When we write a cheque to a charity, or run in a fundraiser, or volunteer at a food bank, we’re part of the solution, aren’t we? Lawrence Scanlan went on a year long odyssey to discover the answers and uncover the true face of philanthropy – its players, its politics, its undeniable satisfactions and its fundamental perils. Scanlan builds housing in New Orleans, teaches journalism in Senegal, works with AIDS/HIV victims in Costa Rica and the ...

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Overview

Can one person make a difference?

When we write a cheque to a charity, or run in a fundraiser, or volunteer at a food bank, we’re part of the solution, aren’t we? Lawrence Scanlan went on a year long odyssey to discover the answers and uncover the true face of philanthropy – its players, its politics, its undeniable satisfactions and its fundamental perils. Scanlan builds housing in New Orleans, teaches journalism in Senegal, works with AIDS/HIV victims in Costa Rica and the homeless in Canada. He encounters the legacies of famous philanthropists, from Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates, to lesser-known figures like prison nun Mother Antonia. Finding hope and humor every step of the way, he nevertheless confronts some uncomfortable truths about direct engagement and the societal divide that allows most of us to look away. A Year of Living Generously is a passionate call for greater connection and genuine commitment from us all.

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"At this critical time in our national economy with so many left behind, this book reminds us of the value of outreach not just for those helped, but for the benefit of our own souls."&#8212Sacramento Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553658412
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Scanlan is an award-winning journalistand author or co-author of thirteen non-fiction books, including the worldwide bestseller The Man Who Listens to Horses. He has been involved in fund-raising for Central American poor, community schools, literacy projects and other charities for some three decades. Scanlan lives in Kingston, Ont.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

January: Life at Vinnie's 1

February: Mean Streets 40

March: Amazing Grace 73

April: Welcome Home 93

May: Place of Hope 115

June: Time Inside 144

July: Off to Summer Camp 170

August: David Versus Goliath 190

September: Dusty Makes Her Rounds 213

October: Sweat Equity 230

November: English Class on the Rez 257

December: 89.4 on the FM Dial 276

Epilogue 304

Acknowledgements 331

Selected Bibliography 335

Index 339

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