Suggested Reading

It seems like there is always something new to read about the philanthropy space.  It is tough to keep up!  I get asked all of the time about the latest book, blog or article.   I typically provide links to articles in my Twitter feed or blog.  Here are a few of my recent favorite books (some for kids too!) and blogs:


The Art of Giving by Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon. A practical guide to gifting that helps the reader create a business plan for giving.

The Foundation by Joel L. Fleishman. An educational book on private foundations in America makes the case for greater accountability.

The Generosity Plan by Kathy LeMay. Walks the reader through a process to identify your time, treasure and talent to apply it to causes you care about.

Give Smart:  Philanthropy That Gets Results by Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman. Despite tremendous innovation in the social sector, this book explores why philanthropy’s natural state is underperformance.

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker by Bill Somerville with Fred Setterberg. A guide to decisive, hands-on grantmaking, to energize and motivate individual donors, foundation grantmakers, and nonprofit leaders.

More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan and Jason Appel. Combines behavioral economics with worldwide field research to reduce/remove the uncertainty of program effectiveness in the effort to alleviate global poverty.

Wealth in Families, Second Edition by Charles W. Collier. Explores different perspectives on the deeper meaning and use of family wealth.


Philanthropy 2173 by Lucy Bernholz. A clever, funny and always insightful blog about the future of philanthropy.

For Kids

Raising Financially Fit Kids by Jolene Godfrey. Helps parents send their children into the world as financially savvy adults by identifying 10 specific skills that can be mastered by children ages 5 through 18. These include saving, keeping track of money, spending wisely, living on a budget, investing, handling credit responsibly, and using money to help others.

The Giving Book: Open The Door To A Lifetime Of Giving by Ellen Sabin. Teaches and engages young readers aged 6-11 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!