Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World

By Leslie R Crutchfield, John V Kania, Mark R Kramer
How donors change the world through the six catalytic practicesof high-impact philanthropy

Do More Than Give provides a blueprint for individuals, philanthropists, and foundation leaders to increase their impact.Based on Forces for Good, this groundbreaking bookdemonstrates how the six practices of high-impact nonprofits applyto donors aiming to advance social causes. Rather than focus on themechanics of effective grantmaking, reporting, or evaluation, thisbook instead proposes that donors can become proactive catalystsfor change by rising to meet the challenges of our increasinglyinterdependent world. Key principles include: going beyond checkwriting/traditional volunteering; advocating for change; leveragingbusiness; forging peer networks; empowering individuals; leadingadaptively; and developing learning organizations.

  • Contains robust case studies depicting every type ofphilanthropy (corporate, community, operating, specialized, andlarge private and family foundations)
  • Includes easy to use "Key Takeaways" tailored for donors at the"beginner" and "experienced" levels of catalytic philanthropy
  • Authors are internationally-acclaimed philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate social responsibility strategy experts who frequentlyspeak and train on high-impact philanthropy

In good economic times or bad, this book provides guidance forgivers to increase the impact of their charitable resources and gobeyond check-writing to help solve problems and change theworld.

This how-to book examines the modern role of philanthropy, moving from merely "giving away money" to becoming "active participants in the business of solving social and environmental problems." The authors examine six practices donors can undertake to change the world, an admirable goal, but much of their message gets lost in muddy jargon: "it is useful to think of collaboration as a spectrum of activity that ranges from loose coordination and informal information sharing to intense, focused collective impact campaigns" (see Figure 5.1). The message itself, and the book's organization, however, are right on the money. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key principles covered and includes reminders of important points. Some of their real-life examples are especially illustrative, such as the story about a San Diego foundation that asked residents what they hoped for in their community and used funds to create an environment tailored to those desires and needs. Also fascinating is their look at "adaptive leaders" who learn to influence beyond their control, take on a higher profile, and engage with media, a type of leadership the authors endorse but warn is "not for the timid...power hungry." (Mar.) ("Publishers Weekly," April 11, 2011)


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About the Hardcover

Publisher Not available
Publish date 03/22/2011
Pages 272
ISBN-13 9780470891445
ISBN-10 0470891440
Language English