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Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference

April 12, 2018
Kathleen Kelly Janus (New York, New York: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017)

What can nonprofits do to get over the "revenue hump" and achieve long-term, sustainable success? According to our reviewer, Mirielle Clifford, Kathleen Kelly Janus's new book offers strategies, tools, and a trove of insights guaranteed to help any nonprofit, large or small, new or established, thrive and create lasting impact....

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained

March 22, 2018
Heesu Jang, Manisha Mirchandani, Ruth A. Shapiro (New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

According to our reviewer, Supriya Kumar, Shapiro, Mirchandani, and Jang's book is a much-needed look at how Asian philanthropy works, how it differs from philanthropy in the West, and what we are likely to see in the way of trends and developments in the coming years....

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development

March 14, 2018
Kathryn Moeller (Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2018)

Kathryn Moeller argues that the real effect of corporate investment in girls and women has been to mask the historical and structural conditions that perpetuate poverty in the Global South and to de-politicize the demands for fair-labor practices and a more equitable economic order by the very women and girls such investment purports to empower....

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

January 11, 2018
Joel L. Fleishman (New York, New York: PublicAffairs, 2017)

Foundation Center's Nick Opinsky reviews social sector veteran Joel L. Fleishman's examination of an age-old question: Do I commit all (or most of) my resources to charitable causes in my lifetime, or should I create a giving vehicle that exists in perpetuity?.... 

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities

January 20, 2018
Valerie Bartlett, Antony Bugg-Levine et al (eds.) (San Francisco, California: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Continue indulged speaking, 2017)

PND's Matt Sinclair reviews a collection of essays in which a range of experts make the case that social progress will only be achieved by shifting the collective mindset of community leaders from a short-term focus on outputs to longer-term investments in outcomes....

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

December 11, 2017
Jonathan C. Lewis (United Kingdom: Red Press Publishing, 2017)

Intended as a guide for current and would-be social entrepreneurs, the book outlines twenty-one themes that anyone involved in social change work would do well to reflect on....

Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

November 28, 2017
Michael Moody, Sharna Goldseker (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wylie & Sons, 2017)

Moody and Goldseker argue that next-gen donors are likely to create greater impact than earlier generations — in part because they are more invested in using new tools to effect meaningful, lasting change....

The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism

October 26, 2017
Joel Solomon, Tyee Bridge (Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2017)

According to reviewer Stephen Payne, Joel Solomon's memoir-cum-manifesto about the importance of taking "a mission-based" approach to finance and investment is well intentioned but has some blind spots....

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

May 5, 2017
David Callahan (New York, New York: Knopf, 2017)

Inside Philanthropy founder David Callahan examines the philanthropic landscape in the opening decades of the twenty-first century while opening a window on how today's economic winners are using philanthropy to convert wealth into power....

Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

April 21, 2017
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson (Charleston, South Carolina: Advantage, 2016)

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, chief impact officer at Living Cities, draws on her experience in both the private and social sectors to shares strategies she's found to be effective for changing how we think about and create change....