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Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House
Larry Haun
1561585327
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
The world-famous volunteer organization Habitat for Humanity now offers its best nuts-and-bolts expertise in an easy-to-follow home construction handbook. Whether the reader contemplates building his or her own house or plans on volunteering to build for others, Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House delivers on the promise of its title. Step-by-step instructions by author and veteran crew supervisor Larry Haun are provided in plain, simple English, with lots of encouragement and no condescension to beginners. Practically every page contains an extra "helping hand" tip on materials, tools, building codes, or safety precautions. In hundreds of color photographs and black-and-white line drawings, the book follows the construction of a single house--from choosing its location to the final step of installing its exterior...


The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving
Ellen Sabin
0975986805
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving is truly a gift for young readers aged 6-11, inspiring teaching and engaging them to give back to the world. It is a unique, fun and interactive book that helps children think about their wishes and dreams for the world and the power of their actions to make those dreams come true! The 64 page, spiral-bound, hardcover book combines colorful illustrations and entertaining narrative with fun learning activities---making the children the author of their story and creating a 'scrapbook' of their journey into compassion and giving.

From the Publisher
This book belong in the hands of every child. The message is relevant. Families, gift-givers, communities and schools have an opportunity to send an inspiring message and teach a...


Fat, Stupid, Ugly
Debrah Constance
0757302254
Sept 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The most compelling part of this book relates how Constance, who was named California's Woman of the Year in 1994, founded A Place Called Home— a youth center in South-Central Los Angeles that has become a refuge for inner-city gang members and gives them a chance to turn their lives around. APCH delivers many needed services, largely thanks to the author's hard work and commitment. Those who come through the doors can sign up for art, dance and music classes, homework help, sports and access to computers. But the bulk of this memoir is devoted to the author's struggle to deal with her father's sexual abuse; her mother's characterization of her as a fat, unattractive baby; three failed marriages; other troubled relationships; alcoholism, agoraphobia, smoking, a bout with cancer; and a traffic accident that...


Farm Aid
Holly George-Warren
1594862850
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Twenty years ago, Willie Nelson decided to have an all-star, open-air concert to call attention to the plight of American family farmers, then being squeezed off the land in record numbers by low commodity prices and high short-term indebtedness. In less than a month, the first Farm Aid concert occurred, and a long-term support system was born. The most impressive organizational fact in this lavish, compelling overview is that Farm Aid has only seven employees, not counting any of the musicians and technicians involved in the concerts, who all donate their work. The most impressive revelation about Farm Aid for most readers will probably be the range of work by and on behalf of farmers that it supports between concerts. Spot cash relief for families too strapped to buy groceries, crisis counseling for...


Getting a Grant (Barnes & Noble Basics Series)
Barbara Loos
0760739021
September 2002
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How to Change the World
David Bornstein
0195138058
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Journalist Bornstein (The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank) profiles nine indomitable champions of social change who developed innovative ways to address needs they saw around them in places as distinct as Bombay, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and inner-city Washington, D.C. As these nine grew influential when their ingenious ideas proved ever more widely successful, they came to the attention of Ashoka, an organization that sponsors a fellows program to foster social innovation by finding so-called social entrepreneurs to support. As Bornstein interviewed these and many other Ashoka fellows, he saw patterns in the ways they fought to solve their specifically local problems. To demonstrate the commonality among experiences as diverse as a Hungarian mother striving to provide a fuller life for her...


Fundraising for Social Change, 4th Edition, Revised and Expanded
Kim Klein
0787961744
November 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"Fundraising for Social Change is a must for anyone involved in fundraising-fromt he smallest community-based group to regional and national organizations. Kim Klein makes the art of fundraising user-friendly. In more than 30 years of fundraising and grant making for progressive efforts, I have not found a more worthwhile tool." (Ray Santiago, Seva Foundation)

"Kim's clearly written and accessible Fundraising for Social Change lays out how to think about and how to carry out individual donor fundraising, capital campaigns, and special events. If your organization is trying to find a way to develop a base of financial support independent of the whims and fancies of finicky foudnations, this is the book for you." (Gary Delgado, Applied Research Center)

"This book is the Bible for grassroots fundraisers. Any...



A Gift of Freedom
John J. Miller
1594031177
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In the 1970s, John M. Olin, one of the country's leading industrialists, decided to devote his fortune to saving American free enterprise. Over the next three decades, the John M. Olin Foundation funded the conservative movement as it emerged from the intellectual ghetto and occupied the halls of power. The foundation spent hundreds of millions of dollars fostering what its longtime president William E. Simon called the "counterintelligentsia" to offset liberal dominance of university faculties and the mainstream media and to make conservatism a significant cultural force. Among the counterintellectuals the foundation identified and supported at key stages of their careers were Charles Murray during his early work on welfare reform, Allan Bloom as he wrote THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, and Francis Fukuyama as he...


Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality
Mary Ellen S. Capek
0262033372
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
In Effective Philanthropy, Mary Ellen Capek and Molly Mead offer strategies for strengthening organizations through a commitment to diversity and gender equality. Capek and Mead's research shows that institutionalizing a more nuanced understanding of what they call "deep diversity" allows organizations to make full use of all the resources they have available, both inside and outside their doors. The authors show how foundations have used "differences that divide us" -- race, class, gender, sexual orientation, geography, age, religion, physical ability, and others -- to become learning organizations, a proven strategy for organizational effectiveness.

By virtue of their "power of the purse" and more subtle forms of influence, foundations are key players in US social, economic, and public policy and...


Thrift and Generosity
John M. Templeton, Jr.
1932031715
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
What is thrift? In this inspirational gift book, Templeton (a pediatric surgeon who serves as president of the Templeton Foundation Press and father Sir John Templeton’s foundation) contends that a thrifty person is not a mere cheapskate. Whereas a cheapskate saves money to hoard it selfishly, a thrifty person lives frugally in order to be a good steward of resources and to contribute something to the world. Thrifty people, says Templeton, enjoy good value and are not wasteful or unethical about money. Moreover, thrifty people are generous, compassionately and habitually giving of their own wealth to help others. For a gift book, this is text heavy and a tad preachy in the style of "Poor Richard’s Almanac" (which Templeton quotes), but the selfless, timeless values illuminated here bear...


Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals
Lawrence F. Locke
0761917071
January 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Previous editions of this book have helped over 100,000 students and professionals write effective proposals for dissertations and grants. Covering all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the task of seeking funding, Proposals That Work offers clear advice backed up with excellent examples. In the new edition, the authors have integrated a discussion of the effects of new technologies and the Internet on the proposal process with URLs listed where appropriate. In addition, there is a new chapter on funding for student research and a completely written chapter on qualitative research. As always, the authors have included a number of specimen proposals, two that are completely new to this edition, to help shed light on the important issues surrounding the writing of...


Orphan Trains
Stephen O'Connor
0226616673
Mar 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From 1854 to 1929, an estimated 250,000 children were "emigrated" out of "vice-ridden" urban areas and put up for grabs in the West, where labor was in short supply. Brace (1826-1890) educated himself for the ministry, but under the influence of Darwin and progressive European experiments like the Rauhe Haus, a children's settlement house, he set about saving lives. Rather than work with adults ("saving" prostitutes or banning rum), Brace chose to save their children. As organizer of the Children's Aid Society (CAS), he devised a series of projects to help street kids help themselves: lodging houses, industrial schools and, finally, the infamous "orphan trains." As haphazard and casual as Brace's adoption system may have been, it was the only solution to child abuse and neglect in America at the time. O'Connor...


The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism
Claire Gaudiani
0805076921
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As president of Connecticut College in the 1990s, Gaudiani saw the school's endowment quintuple, no doubt bolstering her enthusiasm for philanthropy and inspiring this foray into writing about public policy. Declaring "no people on earth are as generous with their money as Americans are," Gaudiani posits "citizen generosity" as not just an alternative to government spending or corporate investment, but an integral fulfillment of the nation's "democratic imperative" of upward mobility. She mostly chooses her historical examples well, as in sections on Chicago's vibrant (and lucrative) museum culture and the origins of the March of Dimes, but does stumble occasionally: as evidence of our generosity, an early chapter observes that 89% of Americans made charitable donations in 2001-but fails to mention that September...


Tragedy of American Compassion
Marvin N. Olasky
089526725X
February 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
This is a richly documented, controversial history of the welfare state as seen from a conservative political perspective. The system is generous with money but stingy on human involvement, argues Olasky, a University of Texas journalism professor: compassion means tough love in which those who give must demand self-help from those who receive. But Olasky adds a proviso that the giver too must be personally involved. He holds up the example of 19th-century charity workers, whose religious beliefs made them compassionate and willing to deal intimately with the poor, rather than dispensing money to them through government agencies. There's plenty of social history here--from Horace Greeley, soup kitchens and orphan asylums to today's homeless impasse. Olasky does not blame the system for poverty. He faults the...


Creating a Private Foundation
Roger D. Silk
1576601366
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Mark Victor Hansen, Cocreator, #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul® and coauthor, The One Minute Millionaire
"If you are a donor to charity or if you advise donors, you must have this book."

Vernon Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
"This book is a great guide for those interested... in charitable foundations. Every donor should study it."

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Carnegie
Peter Krass
0471468835
Jan 2004
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Review
"...This compelling biography reconstructs the complicated life of the legendary industrialist..." (Sunday Telegraph, 21 December)

"...a fascinating biography of the man who built the biggest steel company in the world..." (Glasgow Evening News, 20 December 2003)

Book Description
Critical Praise for Carnegie "Seizing the mantle that J. F. Wall has held since 1970 as Andrew Carnegie’s definitive biographer, Peter Krass has written a superb new account of the legendary industrialist and philanthropist’s remarkable life." –Barron’s "An objective and readable portrait of a fascinating, conflicted man." –Dallas Morning News One of the major figures in American history, Andrew Carnegie was a ruthless...



Fundraising For Dummies
Katherine Murray
0764598473
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Find out how to cultivate donors and solicit donations online

Covers new changes in tax and philanthropy law

Whether you're a small outfit or a big organization, you're competing for donors' dollars and time. This hands-on, vital guide shows you how to take full advantage of the strategies and resources available and advises you how to promote your cause, research potential donors, organize events, write winning grant proposals, and utilize the latest technology.

Discover how to Define your group?s focus Create a viable plan Organize your board of directors Find and train volunteers Market via print and online Promote yourself with the media

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A straightforward and detailed guide to the basics...



Mega Gifts: Who Gives Them, Who Gets Them
Jerold Panas
1889102245
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
How do you top what is said to be the greatest selling fundraising book of all time? How do you improve upon Mega Gifts, a book CASE Currents magazine called 'the most important fundraising book' written? How do you, as Emeril Lagasse would say, 'kick it up a notch?" Jerold Panas knows how. You update the content, revise it, add more chapters, introduce a rash of new donors, and look afresh at what's happened over the past two decades. What you end up with is an even better book, if that's possible. The Second Edition of Mega Gifts: Who Gives Them, Who Gets Them is no 'how-to' book. Panas would wince at that depiction. No, Mega Gifts it is far more substantive and significant than that. What Panas is after is nothing less than exposing the soul of those who make large gifts. And in his own inimitable style, he...


Classified
Karen Pittelman
193336808X
Jan 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this incisive guide, Pittelman and members of the Resource Generation-a group of wealthy young people working for social justice-coach other privileged youth anxious about inherited advantage to use their economic position for social change (which, they write, "means we believe that there is an unjust distribution of resources and that we want to be a part of working towards change"). Emphasizing the positions of power occupied by upper-class youths' parents, and the likelihood of useful connections, the book argues for the importance of being up front about wealth and societal position instead of shying away from activism because of guilt over privilege. Divided into two parts, "understanding privilege" and "taking action," the books is peppered with quizzes, word searches, comics and role-playing games that...

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