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Philanthropy Revolution: How to inspire donors, build relationships and make a difference

Angela Seay 1 December 2020

Reviewed by Angela Seay Trustee, Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation. The world of philanthropy can be difficult to navigate for both donors and fundraising professionals. Drawing on her experience as a donor, Los Angeles based philanthropist Lisa …


Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg

David Cutler 1 December 2020

Reviewed by David Cutler, Director, Baring Foundation. When reviewers normally refer to a book as ‘magisterial’, it is as a polite euphemism for an extremely long read. At 750 pages, Philanthropy is indeed a doorstop. …


The Reputation of Philanthropy since 1750: Britain and beyond

David Cutler 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Reviewed by David Cutler, Director at the Baring Foundation. Hugh Cunningham’s book sets itself the task of understanding what the slippery word ‘philanthropy’ means in the book’s timeframe, then uses the definition to see how …

Tickbox

Deborah Doane 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Deborah Doane, Partner at Rights CoLab. Something about the SDG targets doesn’t sit right with me, and now I know why thanks to David Boyle’s aptly named and compelling book, Tickbox, which unpacks …

Philanthropic Foundations In Canada: Landscapes, Indigenous Peoples and pathways to change

Alexandra Williamson 2 June 2020

Reviewed by Dr Alexandra Williamson, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology. This edited volume of 13 chapters is divided into three parts. Part One explores the history of foundations in …

From Generosity to Justice: A new gospel of wealth

Tobias Jung 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Tobias Jung, director of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, University of St Andrews Published on the centenary of Andrew Carnegie’s death, Walker’s book proposes ‘A new gospel of …

The rebellion of the everyday: Generous women who are changing Latin America*

Artemisa Castro Félix 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Artemisa Castro Félix, executive director, Fondo Acción Solidaria, AC (FASOL), Mexico It is impossible not to be moved by the work of the beautiful women portrayed in this book who, despite their differences, …

Making Aid Agencies Work – Terry Gibson

Mary Ann Clements 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Mary Ann Clements, Healing Solidarity Terry Gibson’s book outlines the major challenges that prevent INGOs from responding effectively to the experience and knowledge of people they claim to help. It’s an accessible read …

Giving Done Right: Effective philanthropy and making every dollar count – Phil Buchanan

Michael Alberg-Seberich 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich, Wider Sense If you drew a map of philanthropy-land Giving Done Right would be the vast, fertile, middle ground situated between the mountains of Giving is like Business, the ocean of …

Mr Five Per Cent: The many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world’s richest man

David Cutler 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Reviewed by David Cutler, Baring Foundation ‘Any man who dies rich, dies disgraced’ wrote Andrew Carnegie. So what are we to make of Calouste Gulbenkian who died in 1955 worth roughly £5 billion in today’s …