Taking Philanthropy Seriously

Taking Philanthropy Seriously

Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving
Edited by William Damon and Susan Verducci
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/06/2006
Format: Paperback 6 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-21860-5
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Many acts of charitable giving fail in their stated goals and some are actually harmful. In Taking Philanthropy Seriously, the authors explain why this state of affairs exists. They outline solutions, ranging from those that equip philanthropists to do good work to those that build a domain of philanthropic knowledge, ethical codes, and best practices. Attention is also given to considering recipients’ needs, frustrations, and hopes for support. Philanthropic leaders disclose instances of both good and compromised work, show how ethical concerns are secondary to "success" in philanthropy, and reveal strategies to promote effective and ethical conduct.

Contributors are Lynn Barendsen, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, Akash Deep, Peter Frumkin, Howard Gardner, Laura Horn, Carrie James, Leslie Lenkowsky, Paula Marshall, Jennifer Menon, Sarah Miles, Liza Hayes Percer, Rob Reich, Tanya Rose, Paul G. Schervish, James Allen Smith, Nick Standlea, Thomas J. Tierney, and Susan Verducci.

Author Bio

William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Susan Verducci is Senior Research Associate at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University and coordinator of the GoodWork Project.


“In Taking Philanthropy Seriously, philanthropic leaders discuss instances of both good and compromised work, show how ethical concerns are secondary to “success” in philanthropy, and reveal strategies to promote effective and ethical conduct.”

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Table of Contents

I. Defining the Problem
Introduction: Taking Philanthropy Seriously William Damon
1. In Search of an Ethic of Giving James Allen Smith
2. Philanthropy and Its Uneasy Relation to Equality Rob Reich
3. The Politics of Doing Good: Philanthropic Leadership for the Twenty-First Century Leslie Lenkowsky
4. Toward Higher-Impact Philanthropy Thomas J. Tierney
5. The Lonely Profession Laura Horn and Howard Gardner
II. Cases of Good Work in Contemporary Philanthropy
Introduction Susan Verducci
6. The Role of Relationships in the Funding of Teach For America Susan Verducci
7. Journeys in Venture Philanthropy and Institution Building Carrie James and Paula Marshall
8. Ideational Philanthropy: The Intellectual Impact of Funding Social Ideas Liza Hayes Percer and William Damon
9. Funding on Faith: Boston Ten Point Coalition Laura Horn
10. Network for Good: Helping the Helpers Tanya Rose and Sarah Miles
11. Power and Mission in the Funding of Social Entrepreneurs Lynn Barendsen
III. Further Strategies for a Domain of Responsible Giving
12. Philanthropy's Janus-Faced Potential: The Dialectic of Care and Negligence Donors Face Paul G. Schervish
13. The Foundation Payout Puzzle Akash Deep and Peter Frumkin
14. Old Problems, New Solutions: The Creative Impact of Venture Philanthropy Nick Standlea
15. Ethical Standards in Philanthropy Jenni Menon Mariano and Susan Verducci
Concluding Thoughts Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

List of Contributors