Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count


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A practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire

A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another—from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you're in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference?

In Giving Done Right, Phil Buchanan, the president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, arms donors with what it takes to do more good more quickly and to avoid predictable errors that lead too many astray. This crucial book will reveal the secrets and lessons learned from some of the biggest givers, from the work of software entrepreneur Tim Gill and his foundation to expand rights for LGBTQ people to the efforts of a midwestern entrepreneur whose faith told him he must do something about childhood slavery in Ghana. It busts commonly held myths and challenging the idea that "business thinking" holds the answer to effective philanthropy. And it offers the intellectual frameworks, data-driven insights, tools, and practical examples to allow readers to understand exactly what it takes to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541742253
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 345,671
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Phil Buchanan is founding chief executive of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a seventeen-year-old nonprofit that conducts research and advises the largest foundations in the country, including Ford, Hewlett, Packard, MacArthur, and Rockefeller. He is also co-founder of YouthTruth, a national student survey provider. He is a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Financial Times.

In 2016, the Nonprofit Times named him the nonprofit "influencer of the year," and he has seven times been among the newspaper's "power & influence top 50." He speaks around the country on philanthropic issues and lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Foreword Darren Walker xi

Introduction: It's Not Your Business: Why Giving Is a Challenge Like No Other 1

1 Nonprofits and Their Unsung American Heroes 11

2 So Many Ways to Give 35

3 A Tough Balance: Choosing Your Goals 63

4 Strategy Done Right: Achieving Your Goals 83

5 Essential Partners: Selecting and Working with Nonprofits 107

6 No Easy Answers: Assessing Performance 135

7 Deploying All the Tools 159

Conclusion: A Virtuous Cycle of Good 185

Giving Resources 195

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 205

Index 219

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