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Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Give Smart is a great gift to the world. By asking questionsthe right questionsTierney and Fleishman guide, advise, challenge, and, as with all great teachers, push us to find our own best answers. If you want your philanthropy to be usefulchanging lives, solving intractable problems, making society work betterthen engage deeply with this book!”
One of the most exciting and important parts of my job as a philanthropist is learning. Over the years, Bill and I have learned so much from the authors of this book, and we are thrilled to see that wisdom collected in Give Smart so that everybody can benefit from it the way we have.”
Having been on both sides of the check,’ first working in philanthropy and now as a recipient of philanthropic dollars, I found Give Smart a must read. The relationship between grantmakers and nonprofit organizations is a delicate dance, one thatwhen done wellcan achieve incredible social good. Not only does this book provide a practical guide for those who want to achieve high impact philanthropy, it also helps nonprofits understand the aspirations and expectations of the donor. Don’t begin, or continue, your philanthropy without reading it.”
Giving away money is easy, but making a real difference is hard work. Give Smart addresses these challenges head-on and provides a strong analytic framework and practical advice for effective philanthropyreplete with compelling examples. Written by two leaders in the field, this is a must-read for the new philanthropist and a valuable resource for old hands as well.”
John C. Whitehead
Give Smart is must reading for all philanthropists, large or small. It’s written by two people with long experience, and it will make your gifts go farther.”
As Pam and I continue to learn through our own giving, the challenges in creating positive social impact are many and complex. Give Smart provides thoughtful guidance on how to build an effective and personal approach to philanthropy, illustrated through real-world examples, proven methodologies, and insightful commentary. We highly recommend Give Smart to anyone who wants to make a difference, whether in their local community or around the world.”
Publishers Weekly, March 21, 2011
An interesting and well-considered guide to go to before you give.”
PhilanthropyRoundtable.org, March 31, 2011
A superb guide for donors who want to be as smart in their giving as they have been in business.”
Alliance Magazine, June 2011
A very readable, motivating introductory guide to engaged giving . With its storytelling approach this will be a book that many donors will read.”
About the Author
Joel L. Fleishman is professor of law and public policy at Duke University and author of The Foundation.
Top Customer Reviews
For example, grantors should not impose undue reporting requirements on the grantee. Sure, you want to know you're getting value received for your largesse but so often, accountability beyond a modest amount, hurts the organization and its efforts more than it assures you're getting bang for the buck.
The book stresses that you need to restrain excessive desire for micromanaging--you're not the program director, you are the funder and perhaps occasional advisor. The book urges that you put the time in, up front to find the right organization, and then try to keep your involvement modest. You need evaluate not just compatibility of the organization's mission with your values but, just as a venture capitalist might, carefully evaluate the quality of its leadership, its track record of results, and the sense that you'll trust the competence and integrity of their leaders, and yes, enjoy working with them: Donors have the right to derive some pleasure not only from the outcome of their donation but from the process, their involvement with the grantees.
Many of my friends have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place in which to live,including those need special help...but not from some government agency.
Greed capital formation is short lived and leaves those who have accumulated a big estate feeling empty toward the end of their lives.
Enlightened, targeted and monitored philanthropy creates a legacy that is enriching for those with more than enough capital for their own needs.
The challenge is how to create a plan, then implement and control it so that it achieves the results intended.
Tom Tierney was the World Wide Managing Partner of one of the largest consulting firms in the world. He has now built another world class organization to help non profits become more successful. His new book provides a road map for those who are, or want to become more philanthropic.
Enlightened philanthropy was one of the common denominators of the Wise Men I wrote about in my last book.
They all created their own significant estate and were dedicated to sharing their good fortune with others...not just those lucky enough to be their children or grandchildren!
Most of our clients who have built successful companies also had this vital attribute. They also shared ownership of their companies and their companies prospered as a result...which allowed additional philanthropic programs.
Dickson C. Buxton,
"You've Built a Successful Company, Now What" and "Lessons in Leadership & Life "Secrets of Eleven Wise Men"
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If you want to know about how to be smart about philanthropy this is a must have book.Published 15 months ago by K. Roberts
Fantastic! The book really makes you think about how to make a difference with your dollars and your time.Published 20 months ago by Eric Sachetta
This book really helped me to change my mindset and lens as it pertains to grantmaking! I will definitely recommend this book to others!Published 20 months ago by Ashlee Carter
I liked this book so much that I bought several copies to give to my clients, it offers solid advise on how to strategically donate your money/assets with impact!Published 23 months ago by Susan Alston
The best book on the subject ever written. All operating foundations and grant makers should read this. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Irene
This book was an amazing over view of giving and receiving of money to help those in need. I saw one of the authors on PBS interview and knew I had to have the book. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Yesyes