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May 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm Leave a comment

Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World
Leslie R. Crutchfield, John V. Kania and Mark R. Kramer
Jossey-Bass, 2011

Donating, while important, is only one way to achieve impact. Do More Than Give explains how six key principles of “catalytic philanthropy” used by high-impact nonprofits have produced innovative social change. The authors maintain that donors can use their many skills to support public policy advocacy by changing the way they fundamentally operate. Inspirational case studies covering the spectrum of philanthropy, from the world’s largest private foundations and corporations to families, community and private foundations, are provided. The authors also offer key takeaways designed for both novice and experienced philanthropists.

Driving Social Change: How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems
Paul C. Light
Wiley, 2010

Light tackles the eternal question of how to solve seemingly impossible social issues. He begins by defining social entrepreneurship as the powerful force behind social change and then presents a thorough examination of the “breakthrough” cycle using several other drivers. He contemplates the need to challenge prevailing wisdom and says that in order to change the world, we must focus on every driver possible, and not just the ones we can see. Light offers alternative strategies for building strong social organizations and networks and methods for addressing continual social and economic change.

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman
PublicAffairs, 2011

Tierney and Fleishman argue that during this economic downturn, wealthy philanthropists should make “a shift from not just serving to solving.” Fleishman describes the book’s approach as a “how-to guide to strategic or venture philanthropy.” The challenges involved with achieving strategic giving are addressed and real-world examples are provided along with established strategies and insightful commentary.

Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity
Mario Morino
Venture Philanthropy Partners, 2011

Philanthropist Mario Morino, along with a host of prominent nonprofit leaders, puts forth the convincing argument that the difficult challenges created by mounting budgetary pressures at all levels of government compel the social sector to become clearer in their goals, more deliberate in defining methodology, more willing to admit mistakes and more adaptable all while keeping an unrelenting focus on improving lives.

Contact Claudia Herrold at cherrold@ohiograntmakers.org if you are interested in submitting a book review.


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