The Art of Doing Good
For anyone setting out to make a difference, to tackle head-on one of the world's social problems, launching a nonprofit venture can be a powerful way to enact change. Whether one is bringing donated eyeglasses to children who have never seen clearly, revamping inner city schools, or delivering 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. When do you make the transition from enthusiastic volunteer to founder of a social venture? How do you scale one person's passion, drive, and tireless efforts?
With its unparalleled insight into how nonprofits grow from an idea to an actual movement, The Art of Doing Good is an essential companion for anyone looking to start an organization that makes a difference. World-renowned philanthropists and activists, Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon prepare would-be social entrepreneurs with real-world advice for sustaining spirit and ambition, and for developing the ingenuity to make their visions thrive. Drawing on their own leadership roles in the nonprofit world, the authors interweave the lessons from their own social ventures with those of eighteen innovative social entrepreneurs, including Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children's Zone; Michael Brown, cofounder of City Year; Deborah Kenny, founder and CEO of the Harlem Village Academies; and Darell Hammond, founder of KaBOOM!, among many others. These nonprofit leaders, and the world-changing organizations they run, exemplify how the most effective social entrepreneurs do justice to their founding vision while mapping a course from inspiration to results.
In their first book, The Art of Giving, the authors showed potential philanthropic donors how to approach the world of financial giving in a way that is deeply personal, meaningful, and satisfying. Now, in The Art of Doing Good, Bronfman and Solomon bring this same thoughtful guidance to anyone looking to build a nonprofit or to help an existing organization regain its momentum and vision. Their work can help anyone contribute time and effort more effectively to the causes that matter most.