This how-to book examines the modern role of philanthropy, moving from merely "giving away money" to becoming "active participants in the business of solving social and environmental problems." The authors examine six practices donors can undertake to change the world, an admirable goal, but much of their message gets lost in muddy jargon: "it is useful to think of collaboration as a spectrum of activity that ranges from loose coordination and informal information sharing to intense, focused collective impact campaigns" (see Figure 5.1). The message itself, and the book's organization, however, are right on the money. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key principles covered and includes reminders of important points. Some of their real-life examples are especially illustrative, such as the story about a San Diego foundation that asked residents what they hoped for in their community and used funds to create an environment tailored to those desires and needs. Also fascinating is their look at "adaptive leaders" who learn to influence beyond their control, take on a higher profile, and engage with media, a type of leadership the authors endorse but warn is "not for the timid...power hungry." (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly
, April 11, 2011)
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Donating is just one means of achieving impact—and while it's an important starting point, it's not the endgame.
Rather than focus on the mechanics of effective grantmaking, reporting, or evaluation, Do More Than Give reveals how foundation leaders, trustees, and individual donors can rise to address the complex challenges facing our increasingly interdependent world.
Written by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer (three philanthropy experts), Do More Than Give shows how a distinct breed of donors helps solve pressing social and environmental problems. The authors studied a diverse mix of high-impact foundations, corporations, and individuals. These inspirational stories range from the world's largest private foundations and corporations to families and community and place-based foundations. While some are wealthier than others, they all share a critical trait: They each do more than give.
Research for this book was grounded in the best practices revealed in the previous work coauthored by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass). Combining that framework with FSG's principles of catalytic philanthropy, the authors of Do More Than Give set out to understand how donors catalyze real change.