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Cultivating Generosity: 5 Books to Expand Your Perspective on Giving

The act of giving often stands out – and for good reason. Philanthropy has a profound effect personally and societally. 

The following five books explore the art and science of giving. They dive into the diverse aspects of philanthropy, strategic giving and the impact generosity can have both on individuals and on our community.  

We hope these recommendations will broaden your perspective on what it means to give. 

Happy Reading! 

1. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

By: Adam Grant
Adam Grant explores the concept of giving and its impact on personal and professional success. The book delves into the dynamics of reciprocity, generosity, and the benefits of creating a culture of giving.

2. The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan

By: Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey R. Solomon
This book combines philanthropy with strategic thinking. It provides practical advice on effective giving, blending personal values with strategic approaches to maximize the impact of charitable contributions.

3. The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising

By: Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker
Geared toward philanthropists and fundraisers, this book offers innovative strategies for successful fundraising. It emphasizes building authentic relationships and creating a generosity network to achieve meaningful impact

4. Effective Philanthropy: Organizational Success through Deep Diversity and Gender Equality

By: Mary Ellen S. Capek and Molly Mead
Focused on the principles of effective philanthropy, this book explores the importance of diversity and gender equality in philanthropic efforts. It provides insights into creating lasting social change through strategic and inclusive giving.

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

By: David Callahan
David Callahan examines the role of wealthy individuals in modern philanthropy. The book explores the impact of large-scale giving on society, raising questions about power dynamics and the influence of private wealth in the charitable sector.