Books to Tuck Into Your Suitcase as You Head to the Beach

June 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

headshot of martha Between vacationing, beach-going and traveling, hopefully you’ve started to think about a few books or ebooks to add to your reading list this summer. Here are five philanthropy-related reads that I think you’ll enjoy. Happy reading!

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Povertyphoto of book the idealist
Nina Munk, Doubleday, 2013
Munk chronicles her six years spent following Jeffrey Sachs and the progress of the Millennium Villages Project, initiated by Sachs in 2006 as an attempt to jumpstart a set of African villages in hope of discovering a new model for development. She describes the great optimism at the onset of the project and the disappointing results following six years of an intense amount of aid.

Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investmentphoto of book leverage for good
Lester M. Salamon, Oxford University Press, 2014
Loans, loan guarantees, private equity, barter arrangements, social stock exchanges and investment funds are just some of the tools inhabiting the frontline of philanthropy and social investment. While these changes in the landscape are inspiring, they remain largely unfamiliar. Salamon explains the world of social investing and addresses concerns about charitable giving and impact investing. This user-friendly guide will better equip philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and students to seize the opportunities these developments represent.

The Power of Impact Investingphoto of book the power of impact investing
Judith Rodin, Margot Brandenburg, Wharton Digital Press, 2014
Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, leading experts in the field, deliver a powerful resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing, how it relates to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are developing around the world and how to get started.

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Changephoto of book the promise of a pencil
Adam Braun, Scribner, 2014
Adam Braun is founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise (PoP), a successful nonprofit organization that has built more than 200 schools in Africa, Asia and Latin America. PoP was founded with just $25 and has grown under Braun’s stewardship. His unique approach mixes nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. He shares the story of how he started PoP, what he learned from Wall Street and how he’s leveraged social networks to generate donations. Braun’s story presents the benefits of quieting the mind head and listening to the heart.

 The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raisingphoto of book the generosity network
Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey C. Walker, Karl Weber, Deepak Chopra, 2013
The Generosity Network
aims to energize and empower nonprofit leaders, board members and donors. Whether you run a multimillion-dollar global nonprofit or raise funds for a local community organization, you’ll discover new approaches to make your work more successful. Through personal stories and practical examples, the authors demonstrate how to build a community of engaged partners who share the common desire to provide necessary resources to change the world using all the forms of social capital that may seem scarce but are really abundant.

Hopefully you’ll walk away with tools to make an even bigger difference!

Martha

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