The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action

Author(s): Charles Bronfman


How to turn personal passion into an organization with impact For anyone setting out to change the world, launching a nonprofit venture can be a powerful way to enact change. Whether bringing donated eyeglasses to children who have never seen clearly, revamping inner city schools, or bringing solar cookers to refugee camps, the act of doing good can be life-changing. Yet starting a nonprofit and running it well can also pose challenges. The Art of Doing Good is an essential companion for anyone looking to start an organization that makes a real difference. Drawing from their own leadership roles in the nonprofit world, as well as interviews with 18 celebrated social innovators, the authors prepare would-be social entrepreneurs with guidance and real-world advice for sustaining the spirit, ambition, and ingenuity to keep their vision alive and thriving. Features real-life stories of 18 notable social entrepreneurs and the organizations they run, including Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children's Zone), Darell Hammond (KaBOOM!)
, and Michael Brown (City Year) Reveals what particular issues nonprofit leaders can expect to face throughout the lifespan of their organization and shares strategies for meeting challenges Written by world-renowned philanthropists Bronfman and Solomon, respectively cofounder and CEO of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and coauthors of The Art of Giving With thoughtful and comprehensive insight on how the most effective social ventures do good well, The Art of Doing Good is essential reading for both new and experienced nonprofit leaders.


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Charles Bronfman, of the Seagram's corporate family, was the founding owner of the Montreal Expos and is the chairman of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Among his many philanthropic achievements is the creation of Birthright Israel and Historica. Bronfman has been awarded six honorary doctorates from universities in three countries for his humanitarian work. With Jeffrey Solomon, Bronfman is the coauthor of The Art of Giving. Jeffrey Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, has taught philanthropy at New York University and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations. Solomon has been chief operating officer of the United Jewish Appeal Federation in New York, and he is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. John Sedgwick is the author of eleven books, including the family memoir In My Blood, and has been a regular contributor to the Atlantic, Newsweek, and GQ.

Preface Introduction Part One: Sources of Inspiration Chapter 1: That Aha! Moment: When Inspiration Strikes Chapter 2: The Prequel: The History Behind the Idea Part Two: Bringing Your Idea to Life Chapter 3: What It Takes Chapter 4: Getting off the Ground Chapter 5: Being the Brand Chapter 6: The Pros and Cons of Partnerships Chapter 7: Finding Support Chapter 8: Setting Goals and Keeping on Track Chapter 9: Staffing Up Chapter 10: Hard Knocks Chapter 11: Preparing for Rollout Part Three: Managing the Organization Chapter 12: Becoming a Manager Chapter 13: The Board Chapter 14: Transparency Chapter 15: Planning for the Future Chapter 16 The Money Side Chapter 17: Making Your Exit Epilogue: The Value of Leadership Part Four: Resources Resource A: Index of Nonprofit Resources Resource B: Major Supporters of Capacity Building Notes Acknowledgments About the Authors Index

General Fields

  • : 9781118264355
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : September 2012
  • : United States
  • : September 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 288
  • : Charles Bronfman
  • : Hardback
  • : 658.408