Giving Well, Doing Good

Giving Well, Doing Good

Readings for Thoughtful Philanthropists
Edited by Amy A. Kass
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Format: paper 520 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21955-8
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This anthology explores the enterprise of philanthropy—assumptions, aspirations, and achievements. It brings together key texts that can provide guidance to current and prospective donors, trustees and professional staff of foundations, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. Organized thematically, these texts seek to illuminate fundamental questions about the idea and practice of philanthropy, to promote more thoughtful discussion about practical issues facing the philanthropic sector, and to point a way toward a philanthropic practice that is more responsible, more effective, and more civic-spirited.

Amy A. Kass has selected readings from sources that range from the classics to the contemporary, from foundational statements on philanthropy to reflections on key issues of novelists and poets. Each illuminates some aspect of philanthropy. The book is arranged according to themes: goals and intentions; gifts, donors, and recipients; grants, grantors, grantees; bequests and legacies; effectiveness; accountability; and leadership.

Author Bio

Amy A. Kass is Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. She is editor of The Perfect Gift: The Philanthropic Imagination in Poetry and Prose (IUP, 2002); American Lives: Cultural Differences, Individual Distinction; and Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (with Leon Kass).


"This book is a sequel-of-sorts to Kass’ highly successful first edited anthology of writings about philanthropy, The Perfect Gift, which gained sales outside the usual academic audience. This volume includes a selection of readings from the classics to the contemporary, and its breadth encompasses political speeches, foundation documents and the words of poets and novelists. The extracts are organised within five themes: goals and intentions; gifts, donors, recipients; bequests and legacies, effectiveness, accountability; and philanthropic leadership. It is the sort of book that can be dipped into for inspiration and stimulation." —Philanthropy UK

"Anything Amy Kass puts her mind to will be valuable to those of us who have learned so much from her previous work in civic reflection and philanthropy. I find her style provocative and challenging, but her work is always solid and well—grounded." —Paul Pribbenow, President, Rockford College

"I have been impressed with the work of Amy Kass.
The Perfect Gift, her earlier anthology, is a marvelous and stimulating resource for dialogue and conversation. I find this new resource exciting and useful." —William G. Enright, Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving

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Table of Contents


1. Goals and Intentions
2. Gifts, Donors, Recipients; Grants, Grantors, Grantees
3. Bequests and Legacies
4. Effectiveness
5. Accountability
6. Philanthropic Leadership