What Laura has written is a kind of test of sincerity. Coming from parents who lived generous lives and bequeathed the spirit of giving to their children, Laura could not have been better suited to create this work. Besides the breadth of considerations she introduces to the reader who's thinking of giving in some way, the true authority of her voice comes from its authenticity. Had she not mentioned any relationship in her life, Laura's message would still be compelling. Her reasoning is demonstrative of a mind deeply committed to giving. It's clear, no inconvenience could deter the heart of the woman who wrote these pages. And through her example the reader realizes the test their own conviction must meet, if like Laura, they want to give in a way that has a better chance of making a difference for their chosen cause.
Drawing on lessons from her own extensive experience and from the inspiration of her parents' lives, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the author of "Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World", has written a very personal manual on how to give well. After fifteen years of hands on philanthropy, Arrillaga-Andreessen has discovered one clear, consistent truth: Passion isn't enough. Feeling good in the moment isn't enough. Personal philanthropy will evolve from reactive to proactive only when knowledge, research, goals and sound strategy form the backbone of your giving. The book is rich with information, ideas and resources. It is an excellent reference for today's donors. Giving 2.0 inspires us all to engage in innovative thinking, continuous learning, collective giving, outcome measuring, and cross sector advocating, because that's what it takes to make a difference.
This is a well written book. I really enjoy learning how and why people give. I have been in sales for years and fundraising isn't much different. You use many of the same skills to develop a client as you would a donor. It also takes the same skills to collect a check for a purchase as it takes to collect a check for a donation. This book provides you with many facts for your search.
I found the book to be excellent. It shows how philanthropy is truly found in finding ways to be involved in your giving, and how that can make a substantial difference in the results of a particular objective desired by the giver. There are numerous, excellent examples of how to enhance the impact of your giving, whether you have minimal amounts to give or are able to set up a foundation to achieve your ends. I give it my highest recommendation.
You can find more help information about charitable giving from other books. This is quite a disappointing publication in this field. Given the fact that the author is the expert in the field where she educates and advises entrepreneurs on charity, she did not take one step further in her writing to provide constructive insights on how to utilize the social media and start-up ventures to further philanthropic works in society and the world at large.