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Get ready to question everything you've been told about charity and to find out how you can truly succeed at making the world a better place.

Many of us donate to charitable causes, and millions more work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations. Yet virtually none of us has been taught what it means to succeed at doing good, let alone how to do so. In short we've never been encouraged to treat charity with the seriousness and rigor it deserves.

How to Be Great at Doing Good is a complacency-shattering guidebook for anyone who wants to actually change the world, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a nonprofit staffer. Drawing on eye-opening studies in psychology and human behavior, surprising interviews with philanthropy professionals, and the author's 15 years of experience founding and managing top-rated nonprofits, this book is an essential listen for anyone who wants to do more good with their time and money.

  • Find out how Bill Gates and a team of MIT grads are saving thousands of lives by applying business principles to charity work - and how we can too
  • Peer inside our brains as we donate, and discover how the same chemical forces that make us crave junk food and sex can steer us toward bad charity decisions
  • See why following our passion and doing what we're good at can actually doom our efforts to improve the world
  • Learn how two seemingly identical charities can have jaw-dropping differences in impact, and find out how to pick the best one when donating

Sure to generate controversy among nonprofits and philanthropists who prefer business as usual, How to Be Great at Doing Good reveals that a more calculated, effective approach to charity work isn't just possible - it's absolutely necessary for those who want to succeed at changing the world.

©2015 Nick Cooney; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Ready to think more critically!

A really enlightening book that has dramatically changed my perspective on the importance of analysis and research. Points are clearly made, great examples given and a clear message received throughout. Taking the time to measure things can have a huge difference on how much better we can make the world through our charity.

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Informed Contribution > Emotional Charity

Enlightening to anyone interested in helping others! Great examples herein with money and efforts outcomes, comparisons, and how selfish we can ironically be when contributing to any charity or to anyone.

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Perfect introduction to effective philanthropy

Must read for any philanthropist or foundation board members, directors and staff (and nonprofits too).

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  • 04-30-18

Awful

Over simplistic and flawed reasoning,

I made myself finish it just to see if it it improved

A great example of biz-plaining !

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great insight to become a great charity

great insight for becoming a donor and philosophies on how to and why to donate