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ISBN-13: 978-0470458013 ISBN-10: 0470458011 Edition: 1st
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"Duschinsky is a gifted storyteller, and his ability to weave disparate threads of thought from many disclipines into an integrated action plan for nonprofits is truly impressive. Whether engaged directly in philanthropic enterprises or not, readers will find this book fascinating-a thought provoking look at our emerging global village." (Estate Planning, August 2009)

"…consultant Duschinsky explains what today's "flat' world, characterized by lowered trade and political barriers and telecommunications advances, means for nonprofits and their donors. He gives advice to nonprofit managers and fundraisers on attracting donors, competing against other flat world fundraisers, and reacting to and growing with the opportunities presented by the flat world." (Book News, May 2009)

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According to Thomas Friedman, our world is now flat—with lowered trade and political barriers and unimagined technical advances that have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet—but what does that mean for your nonprofit organization, whether it's new or established? In today's "borderless" world, your nonprofit must become more flexible, adaptable, and international in approach to help it survive the coming challenges.

Philanthropy in a Flat World: Inspiration Through Globalization is a compellingly practical handbook for your nonprofit on what a flat world means for you and, more importantly, for your donors, as well as on how you can become equipped to deal with this new global society. Engaging fundraisers in an open, honest, and challenging look at the forces at work in creating the global philanthropic world of tomorrow, author and internationally renowned fundraising consultant Jon Duschinsky shows you how your nonprofit can:

  • Understand what the Flat Philanthropic World is and what it means for your organization

  • Chart your own course in today's world of instant information transfer and of media power and concentration

  • Mobilize capital for good

  • Compete against other Flat World fundraisers: the media, corporations, and retailers

  • React to and grow with the opportunities presented by the Flat Philanthropic World

Offering candid advice to help you chart your nonprofit's course in realizing what will make your organization different and attract donors to it, Philanthropy in a Flat World: Inspiration Through Globalization holds the tools and keys you as a fundraiser need to be effective in the world of tomorrow.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470458011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470458013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willie Cheng, author, Doing Good Well on April 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I met Jon Duschinsky at the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) International Conference at end-March 2009 in New Orleans, USA and got it autographed by him. It was a breeze reading it on the plane back.

The book is written in a pretty straightforward, conversational style. In fact, because I had heard him speak, it was like Duschinsky was in front of me, asking the rhetorical questions out loud and explaining it in his gentle chirpy manner.

The book has two parts. Part One: Flat And Beautiful reads largely like a quick summary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, although Duschinsky tries to draw several examples from and make it relevant to the nonprofit world.

It's in Part Two: Surviving And Thriving, where the meat is. His "Four-step plan to flat philanthropic success" draws upon his signficant experience to provide the insights and practical steps needed for fundraising success in this new brave world.

I would say that the title of this book would be more aptly called "Fundraising (and nonprofits) in a flat world" because that's what the book's focus is: the perspective of fundraisers and to a lesser extent, the nonprofits, rather than that of the philanthropists.

I like very much Duschinsky's one-page concluding chapter on our responsibility to our beneficiaries. He quotes a friend who said that if your charity exists to save lives and you are not doing enough to raise sufficient funds to operate adequately, "then people are dying as a result of your mediocrity" - and that is "tantamount to manslaughter." Boy, what a motivating thought that is for going flat out to fundraise in this flat world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Dreger on June 3, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
It's hard to get our minds around the concept of "global." But Duschinsky brings the concept down to three challenges: choice, individualism and disappearing boundaries. If we want to engage in high-impact philanthropy, we need to engage individuals on their terms to serve the causes they believe in. Nothing different there, but the territory now includes the whole world rather than our own small piece of turf.
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