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Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6680-5
304 pages
February 2004, Jossey-Bass
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If you want to change the world, you'll want to read Inspired Philanthropy. Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner show you how social change happens. No matter how much or little you have to give, you'll learn how to create a giving plan that will make your charitable giving catalytic. Then, through clear text and substantive exercises, you'll learn how to align your giving with your deepest values-- to help bring about the very changes you want.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Worksheets, and Exercises.

Foreword (Suze Orman).



About the Authors.


PART ONE: Creating Your Giving Plan.

1. Giving and the Nonprofit World.

2. You, the Philanthropist.

3. Your Current System of Giving.

4. Creating a Mission Statement.

5. Deciding How Much to Give.

6. Volunteering and Skill Sharing.

7. Where to Give, and How.

8. Creating Your Personal Giving Plan.

PART TWO: Strategic and Creative Ways to Leverage Your Giving.

9. Relationships with Groups You Support.

10. The Many Ways to Give.

11. Encouraging Children to Give.

12. For Donors Who Have $25,000 or More to Give.


Appendix A. Inspired Philanthropy Giving Model

Appendix B. Creative Ideas for Giving

Appendix C. Sample Letters

Appendix D. Breaking Barriers to Effective Giving

Appendix E. Loans to Friends

Appendix F. Resources


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Author Information

Tracy Gary is a philanthropic adviser and nonprofit entrepreneur. She is a founder of more than seventeen nonprofits, including Resourceful Women, The Women Donors Network, Grantmakers Without Borders, and Changemakers. Her current passion is to strengthen community-based philanthropy. She has spoken in forty-eight states and eight countries, promoting social-change giving and strategic generosity.

Melissa Kohner is a leader in today's national young donor movement. She organizes young donors and activists to transform philanthropy by using their resources and action to further social and economic justice. She has engaged with the political and financial concerns of donors of all ages through individual and group consultation and workshops. She is both a fundraiser and a donor, and has served on numerous grantmaking committees.

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"True financial freedom can only be achieved when generosity toward others is a part of every breath you take. This book will make sure you continue to breathe financially free for yourself and others for generations to come."
— Suze Orman, author, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and The Road to Wealth

"Inspired Philanthropy lets us in on the secret that giving money for social change is the most rewarding form of investment. Whether you have a few hundred or a few million dollars, this workbook will help you give it effectively. Tracy Gary— a pioneer in countering the sex and race bias in the world of philanthropy— shares a lifetime of expertise."
— Gloria Steinem, consulting editor, Ms. Magazine, writer, activist

"Inspired Philanthropy is a good book— don't miss it. It is a most ingenious mixture of philanthropic philosophy, personal accounts of how some individuals have handled their giving, and, most interesting, a rich section of exercises that leads you through the gift-making process. This book makes you want to do philanthropy the way it should be done. It is suitable for all people touched by philanthropy: givers and takers, big and little. The field will owe to these authors."
— David R. Hunter, "The Father" of Progressive Philanthropy

"Reducing militarism and supporting human needs must become major foundations for our values and visions for this world. Inspired Philanthropy may be just the tool we need for the revitalization of a responsive democracy. Buy this book but be sure to sit down with your family and community and use it to guide your check writing and volunteering."
— Ben Cohen, president and founder, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities and former chairman, Ben & Jerry's

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