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Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class Paperback – September 30, 2010

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Publications; 1st Edition edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931764190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931764193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Claire Gaudiani has a well-earned reputation as one of the leading thinkers about American philanthropy. Here she analyzes the challenges of coming years and shows how we can unleash the full idealism and generosity of the nation. She has made yet another welcome contribution.”David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership, The Kennedy School, Harvard University


Generosity Unbound unmasks Gaudiani as an unreconstructed, unapologetic believer in the transformative potential of American-style philanthropy. Drawing on appeals to history, reason, pride, and passion, she invites us to envision a role for philanthropy that is worthy of its past. Gaudiani’s ‘Declaration Initiative’ would commit philanthropy to a cause no less noble, ambitious, and essential than that of ending persistent poverty and, at long last, affording all Americans true access to the equal opportunity that lies at the core of the democratic ideal.”—Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


“Gaudiani presents a timely solution to the economic and political crises facing our nation. Generosity Unbound is a fresh look at America’s philanthropic past and how private foundations can be the vanguard of a path back to prosperity— for those hit hardest by the recession, and for our entire nation. ”—Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., President, Heritage Foundation


“Critics of wealthy foundations would do well to read Claire Gaudiani’s powerfully argued defense of American philanthropic freedom. And those who wish to preserve this freedom would do well to consider her bold ‘Declaration Initiative.’ Let’s see what entrepreneurial generosity can accomplish when mobilized around a set of goals consistent with this country’s founding vision.”—J. Gregory Dees, Professor, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University


“Claire Gaudiani shows eloquently that the generosity of the American people is rooted in our freedom and our freedom is rooted in our generosity. And she issues a stirring call for new philanthropic leadership that will open the gates of opportunity for all Americans.”—Adam Meyerson, President, Philanthropy Roundtable

“While some would suggest that philanthropy is on its heels, Claire Gaudiani shows us the potential that America’s philanthropic sector has to activate our country’s moral leadership and unleash citizen generosity for the purpose of addressing our unfinished quest for justice for all.”—Tracy Gary, author, and Founder, Inspired Legacies & The Progressive Legacy Project

“Claire Gaudiani’s Generosity Unbound is a welcome dose of ‘common sense for the common good’ of our nation. Her challenge to philanthropic leaders of all political stripes—left, right, and center—to gather around a shared goal of meaningful opportunity and prosperity for all Americans should be heeded. Perhaps philanthropy can model what too many of our political leaders seem to be unable or unwilling to do: construct a safe place where our nation’s ideas are not needlessly trampled by ideologies.”—Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO, The California Endowment

Generosity Unbound shows how the philanthropic tradition is firmly rooted in American history and culture. It serves as a critical inspiration and challenge to today’s leaders to preserve the freedom and opportunity that make this tradition a uniquely vibrant force for good in the world.”—James Piereson, President, William E. Simon Foundation

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Hoffmire on October 25, 2010
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Claire Gaudiani is one of the rare individuals who bridges theory and practice. She understands and writes of philanthropy in meaningful and powerful ways. And she lives out her knowledge by practicing her generosity as she gives of her time and resources to help those who want to learn, grow, and move forward.

This book is a roadmap for philanthropists, foundation executives, non-profit leaders and government officials. Many corporate executives would also benefit from reading this work. In the end, any reader who feels that we need a new way to view the challenges of today will come away with an inspired new view of the possibilities for social change. - John Hoffmire, Director, Center on Business and Poverty, Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison
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