The contributors claim that many acts of charitable giving fail in their stated goals and some are actually harmful, and explain why this is so. They also outline solutions ranging from those that equip philanthropists to do good work to those that develop philanthropic knowledge, ethical codes and best practices. Philanthropic leaders give examples of both good and compromised work, show how ethical concerns are secondary to ‘success’ in philanthropy, and reveal strategies to promote effective and ethical conduct.
Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond noble intentions to responsible giving
William Damon and Susan Verducci (eds) Indiana University Press $27.95