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Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Philanthropy books.

1. Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results (2012)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouA decade ago, Thomas J. Tierney left Bain & Company to cofound The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit focused on helping donors and nonprofit leaders to develop and execute strategies to accelerate social change. In Give Smart, Tierney pools his hands-on knowledge with Duke professor Joel L. Fleishman's expertise to create a much-needed primer for philanthropists and the nonprofit organizations they support. Drawing from personal experiences, research spanning twentieth- and twenty-first-century philanthropy, contemporary interviews, and Bridgespan's extensive field work, Give Smart…
Author(s): Thomas J. Tierney, Joel L. Fleishman

2. The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series) (2001)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouAvailable for the first time in paperback, Seven Faces of Philanthropy introduces to you the Seven Faces approach—a powerful tool that enables development professionals to maximize their effectiveness when approaching major donors for gifts. The authors identify and profile seven types of major donors and offer you detailed strategies on how to approach them. Both novice and expert fundraisers will find this framework a valuable supplement to existing strategies and techniques. #182,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #110 in Philanthropy & Charity…
Author(s): Russ Alan Prince, Karen Maru File

3. Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan and Leaving a Legacy (2007)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouThis newest edition of the classic book shows how anyone can align and integrate values, passions, and dreams for their communities and families into their plans. Inspired Philanthropy explains how to make a difference by creating giving and legacy plans, tells what questions to ask nonprofits, and spells out how to help partner with advisors and nonprofit leaders for inspired outcomes. In addition to overall updates to statistics, the new edition includes a discussion of the implications of the Buffett gift to the Gates Foundation; new legacy planning tools; expanded resources on youth, giving circles, and communities of color; key…
Author(s): Tracy Gary , Kim Klein, et al.

4. Philanthropy in America: A History – Updated Edition (Politics and Society in Modern America) (2014)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouAmerican philanthropy today expands knowledge, champions social movements, defines active citizenship, influences policymaking, and addresses humanitarian crises. How did philanthropy become such a powerful and integral force in American society? Philanthropy in America is the first book to explore in depth the twentieth-century growth of this unique phenomenon. Ranging from the influential large-scale foundations established by tycoons such as John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and the mass mobilization of small donors by the Red Cross and March of Dimes, to the recent social advocacy…
Author(s): Olivier Zunz

5. The Givers: Money, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age (2018)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouWhile media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues—with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires…
Author(s): David Callahan

6. Precision Prospect Development: How to Get a Seat at the Table and Be an Influencer. A Practical Guide to Achieving Success (2019)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouThis book is both a rallying cry and a tool for empowerment. The nonprofit sector needs more Prospect Development and Advancement Services representation at the senior leadership table in order to thrive in the era of data and precision and it is up to us to demonstrate this need.Do you want to be empowered to take control over your career and get out of reactive mode? Do you want your organization to raise more money and fulfill its mission? Do you want to ensure that your work has the greatest impact? Do you want your voice to be heard? Do you want to be an influencer with a seat at the table? Do you…
Author(s): Nathan Fay

7. Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values (2016)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouPhilanthropy is everywhere. In 2013, in the United States alone, some $330 billion was recorded in giving, from large donations by the wealthy all the way down to informal giving circles. We tend to think of philanthropy as unequivocally good, but as the contributors to this book show, philanthropy is also an exercise of power. And like all forms of power, especially in a democratic society, it deserves scrutiny. Yet it rarely has been given serious attention. This book fills that gap, bringing together expert philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, historians, and legal scholars to ask fundamental and pressing…
Author(s): Rob Reich , Chiara Cordelli, et al.

8. The Philanthropy Reader (2016)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouPhilanthropy is both timeless and timely. Ancient Romans, Medieval aristocrats, and Victorian industrialists engaged in philanthropy, as do modern-day Chinese billionaires, South African activists, and Brazilian nuns. Today, philanthropic practice is evolving faster than ever before, with donors giving their time, talents, and social capital in creative new ways and in combination with their financial resources. These developments are generating complex new debates and adding new twists to enduring questions, from “why be philanthropic?” to “what does it mean to do philanthropy ‘better’?” Addressing such questions requires…
Author(s): Michael Moody, Beth Breeze

9. Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism Is Transforming American Business (2005)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouLately the headlines have delivered dispiriting news about wrongdoing and scandal in business. But behind the headlines lies a surprising, untold story: Corporate America is changing for the better. Faith and Fortune tells the stories of the extraordinary people who are leading the way and the admirable companies they have built. This book is called Faith and Fortune because faith provides the fuel that energizes these people as they strive to do business better and to find meaning in their work. Some have faith in God; others do not. But all have faith in the goodness of people and in the possibility of…
Author(s): Marc Gunther

10. Philanthropy, Hidden Strategy, and Collective Resistance: A Primer for Concerned Educators (2018)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouIn 1971, corporate lawyer and future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell wrote a detailed memo that galvanized a small group of conservative philanthropists to create an organizational structure and fifty-year plan to alter the political landscape of the United States. Funded with significant “dark money,” the fruits of their labor are evident today in the current political context and sharp cultural divisions in society. Philanthropy, Hidden Strategy, and Collective Resistance examines the ideologies behind the philanthropic efforts in education from the 1970s until today. Authors examine specific…
Author(s): Kathleen deMarrais, T. Jameson Brewer , et al.

11. My Journey in Philanthropy: Memoir, Reflective Essays & True Stories (2017)

 Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook YouThe book is part memoir, part reflective essays about philanthropy and non-profit issues, and part a rendition of over 32 true stories that show the sometimes humorous, unusual and quirky aspect of both sides of philanthropy – the giving and the receiving sides. The memoir section relates the aspects of my life that had an influence on my getting into philanthropy as a career. The 14 reflective essays are my thoughts, values and beliefs that have been developed over my 46-year non-profit and philanthropy career. Included in this is my coining of a new word – “philanthropoid” which is distinguished from the more well-known term of…
Author(s): Beccaria PhD, Louis J

Best Philanthropy Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some philanthropy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy

Author(s): Charles Bronfman, Howard Green
ID: 2320744, Publisher: HarperCollins Canada, Year: 25 Oct 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference

Author(s): Lisa Greer
ID: 2563930, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Governance and Strategic Philanthropy in Grant-Making Foundations: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Nonprofit Boards

Author(s): Giacomo Boesso, Fabrizio Cerbioni
ID: 2407927, Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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