Do More Than Give. The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World

  • ID: 2209733
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Do More Than Give

"Do More Than Give is a game changer for thinking about the role and impact of philanthropy in the twenty–first century. Its focus on leveraging the intellectual talents, time, treasure, and networks of donors to support public policy advocacy and systems change is long overdue. This is the 2.0 version for understanding the future direction of philanthropic engagement."
Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

"When simply making grants doesn′t get the job done, the ′shock therapy′ approach of catalytic philanthropy might be just what is needed."
Sean Stannard–Stockton, CEO, Tactical Philanthropy Advisors

"The smart, sensible, and strategic practices of catalytic philanthropy offer great insights and opportunities to individual and family donors seeking to make change happen now. It′s a remarkable resource for all of us."
Melissa A. Berman, president and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

"This book will stretch philanthropists′ minds, and hopefully their strategies as well. Among other things, the authors persuasively demonstrate the importance of advocacy in achieving significant social change, and they elucidate the role of evaluation as a method for learning and improving the work of both funders and their grantees."
Paul Brest, president, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coauthor of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy

"Gone are the days when being a good corporate citizen meant giving grants to good causes. Companies today can help solve the social and environmental issues that plague our world by changing the way they fundamentally operate while continuing to generate profits and this book shows them the way."
Jeff Swartz, president and CEO, Timberland

"Whether you lead a community, corporate, family, or private foundation you are an individual donor who simply wants to achieve more impact this book is for you. It′s built upon fresh ideas that will spark innovation and push the field of philanthropy to reach its full potential."
Steve Gunderson, president and CEO, The Council on Foundations

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Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

The Authors xv

1 Catalytic Philanthropy 1

2 Commit to Your Cause 19

3 Practice 1: Advocate for Change 37

4 Practice 2: Blend Profit with Purpose 63

5 Practice 3: Forge Nonprofit Peer Networks 87

6 Practice 4: Empower the People 119

7 Practice 5: Lead Adaptively 143

8 Practice 6: Learn in Order to Change 165

9 Toward a More Catalytic Future 185

Appendix A: Research Methodology 191

Appendix B: Peer Survey Questions 199

Appendix C: Research Advisors 203

Appendix D: Review of the Six Practices of High–Impact Nonprofits in Forces for Good 205

Appendix E: Getting Started with Catalytic

Philanthropy 211

Notes 227

Index 239

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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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