Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226266268 Published September 2006
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Strategic Giving

The Art and Science of Philanthropy

Peter Frumkin

Strategic Giving
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Peter Frumkin

448 pages | 15 line drawings, 4 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2006
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226266268 Published September 2006
E-book $7.00 to $44.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226266282 Published September 2008

The philanthropic landscape is changing dramatically as a new generation of wealthy donors seeks to leave its mark on the public sphere. Peter Frumkin reveals in Strategic Giving why these donors could benefit from having a comprehensive plan to guide their giving. And with this thoughtful and timely book, he provides the much-needed framework to understand and develop this kind of philanthropic strategy. 

After listening for years to scores of individual and institutional funders discuss the challenges of giving wisely, Frumkin argues here that contemporary philanthropy requires a thorough rethinking of its underlying logic. Philanthropy should be seen, he contends, as both a powerful way to meet public needs and a meaningful way to express private beliefs and commitments. He demonstrates that finding a way to simultaneously fulfill both of these functions is crucial to the survival of philanthropy and its potential to support pluralism in society. And he goes on to identify the five essential elements donors must consider when developing a philanthropic strategy—the vehicle through which giving will flow, the way impact will be achieved, the level of engagement and profile sought, the time frame for giving, and the underlying purpose of the gift. Frumkin’s point is that donors must understand strategic giving as the integration of these five critical dimensions to giving. 

Essential reading for donors, researchers, and anyone involved with the world of philanthropy, Strategic Giving provides a new basis for understanding philanthropic effectiveness and a promising new way for philanthropy to achieve the legitimacy that has at times eluded it.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA): ARNOVA-Outstanding Book in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research
Honorable Mention

Public/Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management: Best Public/Nonprofit Book Award
Short Listed

CASE: Grenzebach Award
Won

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Christopher Ondaatje | Times Higher Education Supplement
"Thought-provoking . . . [Strategic Giving] makes an extremely strong case for so-called planned giving."
Helmut K. Anheier | American Journal of Sociology
"A very useful and highly pragmatic book about American philanthropy that should be welcomed by all students of foundations and not-for-profit institutions."
Andrew Rich | Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
"Frumkin's book is impressive in its scale and depth. It contains something for every type of reader--seasoned scholars of the field, old and new practitioners, and those who want to begin an education about issues of philanthropy. . . . A major contribution to the field. With it, Frumkin develops a theoretical framework from which we can all learn."
Francesca Borgonovi | Social Policy
"This book represents a major contribution to the analysis of philanthropic giving in the United States. . . .  The most important contribution of Strategic Giuving is that it conceptualises philanthropy. By doing so it helps to show its limits as well as its strengths. Frumkin identifies the distinctive featue of phlanthropy in the the fact that this allows private resources to be used to enact a private vision of the public good."
Ram Cnaan | Journsal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"The fundamental questions that Peter Frumkion raises in this book are important, very timely, and crucial for any student of philanthropy. . . . When the next congressional committee to study the role of philanthropy in the American society convenes, Strategic Giving . . . will be its first and foremost source of guidance. This book is a must for all students of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, as it covers new territories and opens a plethora of new intellectual challenges."
Pablo Eisenberg | Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Peter Frumkin has written an important and provocative book that will be read and debated for years to come. Strategic Giving is both a comprehensive, critical analysis of modern philanthropy and a useful guide for wealthy donors who want to distribute their money to meet public needs as effectively as possible.”

Contents
Preface
Introduction
1. Philanthropy and the Public Sphere
2. Central Problems in Philanthropy: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Legitimacy
3. Donors and Professionals
4. The Idea of Strategic Giving
5. Dimensions of Philanthropic Value
6. Logic Models: Theories of Change, Leverage, and Scale
7. Institutions and Vehicles
8. Giving Styles
9. Time Frames for Giving
10. Measuring, Knowing, and Acting
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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