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

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


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"Bold in its philosophy and down-to-earth in the application of that philosophy."—Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

Last year, Americans donated $150 billion to charity. Giving has never been more popular, possible—or, for many, more confusing. There are oceans of need, mountains of requests, and often little time for the consideration needed to give thoughtfully and effectively. "Change, not charity!" is this book’s enthusiastic theme. Long-time activists and givers, authors Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers show that traditional charity most 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 societal 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320855
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2001
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part IThe Politics of Giving
Chapter 1Understanding Charity27
The Newtown Florist Club33
Chapter 2Change, Not Charity34
The Coalition for Human Dignity43
Chapter 3What's Going On Out There46
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition55
Part IIYour Money, Yourself
Chapter 4Vision + Belief = Action for Change59
The Women's Cancer Resource Center66
Chapter 5Roadblocks to Action ... and Moving Ahead68
The Police Barrio Relations Project79
Part IIIGetting from Here to There--Nuts and Bolts
Chapter 6Taking Charge of Your Money83
Organizing Immigrant Workers101
Chapter 7Tax-Wise Giving106
Malama Makua117
Chapter 8Choosing and Working with Financial Professionals119
The Community Coalition for Substance Abuse and Treatment134
Chapter 9Socially Responsible Investing: Do You Know What Your Money Is Doing?136
The Virginia Black Lung Association146
Chapter 10Organizing ... and Beyond!149
Not in Our Town164
Part IVDecisions, Decisions
Chapter 11One Way of Doing It: Social Change Foundations169
Men Stopping Violence182
Chapter 12Doing It Yourself184
Recovery Initiative198
Chapter 13Doing It by Design: Your Giving Plan200
Citizens for Safe Water around Badger214
Chapter 14How to Be a Really Great Giver217
Peace through Inter-American Community Action225
A.Progressive Social Change Foundations234
B.Great Social Change Groups238
C.International Giving Resources253
D.Organizations that Support Giving256
E.Infrastructure: Organizations that Support Organizing259
F.Resources for the Socially Responsible Investor263
H.Pointers for Reading an Organization's Budget275
Order blank for the Gift-Giving Guide287

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