"Most fundraisers are uncomfortable asking for money, despite the fact that they are soliciting funds for worthy causes. However, author Reynold Levy makes the case that not only do individuals, corporations and foundations give money to organizations and causes they care about, they do so because they are asked. In addition, despite the current economic crisis, Americans continue to enjoy staggering wealth, and the wealthy can comfortably increase the amount they now give to charity without depriving themselves. All it takes is a disciplined and creative approach to soliciting those funds. This book shows you how." (CausePlanet.org; 11/08)
"Reynold Levy, could not have predicted the economic climate into which his new book would land. But "Yours for the Asking" now seems eerily prescient - particularly which chapters like "Fund-Raising in Stormy Weather" and "Overcoming Economic Bad News and Psychological Resistance". Regarding tough times, Mr. Levy asserts in the book that affluent people donate more from their assets than their income, leaving their contributions less vulnerable to a downturn." Moreover, worthy causes remain worthy, Mr. Levy said in an interview, no matter what the current state of world." (The New York Times; 11/11/08)
"Reynold Levy, a veteran fund raiser and former grant maker whose new book is called Yours for the Asking, argues that even in a troubled economy, a lot of people still have the resources to give generously…. His new guide seeks to reverse their discomfort and create an army of solicitors with the gumption to go after the stockpiles of money that Mr. Levy says are readily available." (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 27, 2008)
"The real value of Levy's work lies in his ability to demystify the process of fund-raising and his personal touch that will appeal to those seeking funding…" (Library Journal XpressReviews, 10/7/08)
“…I found Levy's stories, suggestions, tips, and philosophy completely applicable to any nonprofit, large or small, high flying or grassroots. What did I like most about Levy's book? It is hard to pick out just a few favorite parts, but I read with fascination about how a fabulous event was put together; welcomed Levy's thoughts about the worth of soliciting the small businesses that surround one's organization; and appreciated his thoughts about e-philanthropy.” (About.com, 9/19/08)
"Ren Levy has written the definitive handbook on fundraising. It should be required reading for boards of directors and senior staff of non profit organizations. The lessons learned from Ren’s broad experience are equally relevant to corporate executives as they endeavor to establish and strengthen customer relationships."
—Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO PepsiCo
"Ren Levy is the master of his trade. He can squeeze big dollars out of a stone and he tells here just how to do it. Anyone raising money for a good cause must read this book!"
—John C. Whitehead, Former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs and former Deputy Secretary of State
"I have raised money for a living for several decades. But I could not articulate better than Reynold Levy has done in Yours for the Asking the many secrets to successfully acquiring investors. If you wish to learn how to politely and effectively ask for contributions to a favorite organization or cause, you really need to purchase this highly readable, enjoyable and useful book."
—David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
To have a guy write about how he actually got this done among a very large group of high-level volunteers is not good reading, its great reading!
I wish he had not made that boast because I hear way too many professional fundraisers and fundraising consultants boast about raising tremendous sums of money.
This is a must read for all Boards of Directors, their officers and staff of all nonprofit organizations, but I believe especially small nonprofits.
I think the quality was a bit lower than I had expected, but it is good. Came in 2 days.Published 2 months ago by DC Man
As a new, first-time board member "Yours for the Asking" is a valuable guide not only for the take-away practices you can begin using right away, but also a great reminder... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Randy Schmidt
I odered this book for a class that I'm taking, a week before the class started. My teacher was very understanding and knew that ordering the book online would take some time. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by queenshef
This seller delivers great service! Delivery was prompt and the book was in mint condition. ThanksPublished on November 10, 2008 by R. Fennell