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Best Philanthropy-Related Books of 2008

September 27, 2008

Stack_of_books_2We need your help. As we head into the homestretch of 2008, we're trying to identify the best philanthropy-related titles of the year (general trade or academic press only). Criteria should include originality, impact, quality, and topicality.

Here's our list so far (links take you to reviews published in PND):

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. Yunus, Muhammad. New York: Basic Books.

Forces for Good: Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits. Crutchfield, Leslie and Heather McLeod Grant. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. Somerville, Bill and Fred Setterberg. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books.

Just Another Emperor: The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism. Edwards, Michael. New York: Demos: A Network for Action & Ideas.

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Brest, Paul and Hal Harvey. New York: Bloomberg Press.

Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World. Bishop, Matthew and Michael Green. New York: Bloomsbury Press.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. Collier, Paul. New York: Oxford University Press.

Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission. Payton, Robert L. and Michael P. Moody. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

What have we missed? Are there books (other than Paul Brest's) yet to be published that we should know about? Use the comments to leave your suggestions....

-- Mitch Nauffts

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Posted by Matt  |   September 29, 2008 at 05:15 PM

How about Paul Light's "The Search for Social Entrepreneurship"? I've just dipped into it, but it looks quite promising.

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