Category Archives: Books

Happy birthday, book!

It’s a year since the publication of It Ain’t What You Give, It’s the Way That You Give It. This, Caroline Fiennes’ book about how any donor can do a great job, has met a great response: “A terrific read” … Continue reading

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Bad Book: Why Philanthropy Matters

If Princeton University Press hadn’t provided a free chapter of Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being by Zoltan J. Acs, I might have bought it. But I could barely stomach that first chapter, so my thoughts are … Continue reading

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How to read (a lot of) my book for free

You should get the book – and you can, from here. But a lot of it is available free, for example in articles. Here’s a round-up. Opening: Why care about this, the 10 minute guide to giving well, contents table … Continue reading

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Nice letter about my book in the Guardian

From somebody who should know, the CEO of the Association of Charitable Foundations, David Emerson: The Guardian’s (unrelated) full review of the book–>

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Giving Evidence: advice on giving, based on evidence

Charities are not equally good. Neither are techniques for finding and supporting them. Giving Evidence advises donors – individuals, families, foundations, companies, governments – on the ways of giving which will achieve the best ‘returns’, by a fanatical devotion to … Continue reading

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It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It

It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It: launches March 27th 2012 ‘The Freakonomics of the charity world – but with better cartoons’ – Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive, Missing People ‘Great advice: inspiring, entertaining and much-needed’ – James … Continue reading

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The good, and the weird, features of Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save

‘How much should each of us give to help the world’s poor?’, asks the moral philosopher Peter Singer in his book The Life You Can Save. It’s a cracking book, with some great insights about poverty, effective solutions and the weirdness inside … Continue reading

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