Curl up with a good book

January 17, 2012 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

If you’re looking for something to read by the fireside this winter, look no further: here’s our list of great new philanthropy books.

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Stanford Philanthropy and Civil Society founder and Advisory Board chair, has created a sensible yet entertaining, rousing call to action. The book presents stories about the innovative and powerful ways people give of their time, money and expertise while trying to create greater social impact.

Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists
Valaida Fullwood’s moving portrait of African American philanthropy is a marriage of powerful photographic images and portraits of a cross-section of black philanthropists from various backgrounds and forms of giving. The givers profiled are reminders that each individual is valuable to the strength of community.

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference
Written by two pioneers in the growing field of impact investing, authors Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson assert that it is both feasible and advantageous to tackle social and environmental issues with investments that generate financial profits. Along with the historical roots, Emerson and Bugg-Levine explore a wide range of issues essential to developing impact investing and they present many examples of the various incarnations of development finance, microfinance, socially responsible investing and philanthropy.

Philanthropy and Social Investing Blueprint 2012
Lucy Bernholz’ third annual industry forecast is a must-read for donors and impact investors. She offers readers a look at the current landscape, calls attention to major trends and turns a spotlight on where key breakthroughs will occur in the coming year. Bernholz says “the major challenge for philanthropists going forward will be to understand and adapt to the actual landscape of funding in which they now work.”

Philanthropy in America: A History
Olivier Zunz, Professor of History at The University of Virginia, combines case studies, biography and academic theory in this highly-readable account of American philanthropy. He emphasizes the close connection between private giving and public affairs and demonstrates how this union has increased democracy and shaped our history.

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