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Publisher's Summary

In the first half of the 21st century, giving to family and community foundations alone will be ten times in today's dollars what it was throughout the entire 20th century. Yet despite tremendous innovation in the social sector, philanthropy's natural state is under-performance. Not since Andrew Carnegie wrote The Gospel of Wealth has a book been written that provides practical guidance for donors to get the most impact from their giving. Almost a decade ago, Thomas J. Tierney left Bain & Company to co-found The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit focused on helping donors and nonprofit leaders to develop and execute strategies to accelerate social change.
In Give Smart, Tierney pools his hands-on knowledge with philanthropy expert Joel L. Fleishman to create a much-needed primer for philanthropists and the nonprofit organizations they support. Drawing from personal experiences, testimonials, and Bridgespan's case studies, including those of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Give Smart picks up where Jim Collins' Good to Great and the Social Sectors left off and presents the first in-depth, expert guide for engaged donors and nonprofit leaders.
©2011 Thomas J. Tierney, Joel L. Fleishman (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brunella on 03-15-13

Great content...extremely dull narration.

This book is great and provides valuable insight into philalanthropy but the narration was so dull that it took the pleasure of the book. I've learned a lesson now to listen to a sample before buying it. I should have just read the actual book, which I had in hand.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 04-10-12

Think like a philanthropist

Where does Give Smart rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Very good in the professional reading category.

If you???ve listened to books by Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman before, how does this one compare?


Which character ??? as performed by Don Hagen ??? was your favorite?


What insight do you think you???ll apply from Give Smart?

In the arena of fund raising I have a sense of what a philanthropist might be looking for.

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