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Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World 1st Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470891440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470891445
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does it take to effect change in the social sector? That is the overarching question of "Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World" by Leslie R. Crutchfield, John V. Kania, and Mark R. Kramer (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print). Three of the most prominent thought leaders on national trends in philanthropy hold up models of "catalytic" donors who truly move the needle on complex social issues. Do More Than Give walks a donor through the stages of donor development, from (1) writing checks supporting many disparate causes, to (2) developing a strategic focus, to (3) becoming a catalyst for true change on a complex social issue. It is a useful and thought provoking work for every kind of donor, in any kind of community. If you are looking for a practical, step by step manual for how to become a more effective donor, this book has a very great deal to offer.
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There are some excellent points and theories on philanthropy in the book, but about halfway through it now, I am finding it extremely wordy and repetitive. Pulling out the nuggets of great insight shouldn't be such a challenge! Sometimes there are sections that are so repetitive, that I have a deja vu moment. All in all though, if more people followed the book's guidance, philanthropy could have significantly greater impact.
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I found this book to be informative and easy to read. As someone who is new to Foundations and philanthropy, it is a great help.
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The United Nations is a household name, find out what this name holds... This book is on the good side of life, there is a darker side too. U.N. a Cosa Nostra (Volume 1)
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