The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$2.75
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Economics- General

This title in other editions

Greater Good How Philanthropy Drives T

by

Greater Good How Philanthropy Drives T Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A persuasive re-examination of American prosperity and the generosity that has built our nation

For over a century, the United States has stood as a beacon of prosperity and democracy, proof that big business and big dreams could flourish side by side. Yet few Americans realize the crucial role that generosity plays in keeping that fragile balance. And now, with gated communities, oppressive personal debts, shrinking government, and tax and welfare reform crusades, that essential moral glue is at risk of melting away.

A leading voice for community development, former Connecticut College president and scholar Claire Gaudiani explores all these issues as she examines American prosperity from the Constitution to the New Economy bust. She traces the push and pull of the robber barons and the progressive movement, the New Deal and the postwar boom, and the Me Decade and the technology revolution, finding that altruism powerfully invests in people, property, and ingenuity. Rather than pitting the capitalists against the populists, Gaudiani brings both sides to the table to reseal this fundamental social contract and provide a blueprint for a just future.

The Greater Good is a passionate, pragmatic, and, finally, optimistic manifesto for revitalizing the promise of the American economy.

Claire Gaudiani, now a senior research scholar at Yale Law School, was president of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, from 1988 until 2001. She also served as volunteer president of the New London Development Corporation, where she spearheaded the city's revitalization efforts through partnerships among businesses, the government, and the community to build the tax base, create jobs, improve education, and develop housing. She lives in New Haven and Groton, Connecticut.

For over a century, the United States has stood as a beacon of prosperity, innovation, generosity, and opportunity, proof that big business and big dreams can flourish side by side. But, at the turn of the twenty-first century, America faces stagnant growth, industry implosions, job displacement, an ever-widening income gap, oppressive debts, low civic involvement, and insular gated communities. What did we do right for so long, and what can we do to get back on course?

In The Greater Good, Claire Gaudiani, one of the nation's leading voices for community development, focuses our attention squarely on the money trail of the American dream. It's not that Americans have been generous because we're rich, she argues; we're rich because we have been generous. Philanthropists invest in people, property, and ideas long before businesses or the government come into the picture, and they play a crucial role in sustaining the fragile balance between capitalism and democracy.

In this provocative and engaging book, Gaudiani measures the visible and invisible impact of philanthropy in America, and shows how it has:

fostered a highly educated workforce for the service and information sectors,

created the bulk of opportunities for poor families to gain income and participate in the economy,

built stable, clean housing and thriving business and employment districts,

and launched major, risky research efforts that led to the birth of the aviation, pharmaceutical, and financial analysis industriesall fields where America leads the world.

Gaudiani shows how early donors to such initiatives as scholarship funds, prison reform, museums, and medical studies started economic and social ripple effects by infusing capital in the very areas economists associate with accelerating economic growth: human, physical, and intellectual capital. A new commitment to entrepreneurial philanthropy, she argues, can play a 0 similar role in the years to come if Americans are savvy enough to spur cutting-edge technologies and asset-building for the poornot through loans or tax breaks, but through gifts.

The Greater Good is a passionate, pragmatic, and, finally, optimistic manifesto for revitalizing the promise of the American economy.

"Having devoted many fruitful years other adult life to higher education, a field in which she demonstrated extraordinary passion and sensibility, Claire Gaudiani is now, in this remarkable volume, teaching the multifaceted values of philanthropy and its benefits to both givers and receivers."Elie Wiesel

"Having devoted many fruitful years of her adult life to higher education, a field in which she demonstrated extraordinary passion and sensibility, Claire Gaudiani is now, in this remarkable volume, teaching the multifaceted values of philanthropy and its benefits to both givers and receivers."Elie Wiesel

"Claire Gaudiani provides a thoughtful analysis of the history of philanthropy in America, its effects on society, and why Americans are uniquely generous. As she examines the directions in which philanthropy must advance in the years ahead, she offers some stark alternatives that will demand the attention of our policymakers. Insightful."Edwin J. Feulner, president, The Heritage Foundation

"The Greater Good is essential reading for citizens, philanthropists, and corporate and government leaders. Claire Gaudiani shows clearly how generosity is crucial in today's economy."Leonard A. Lauder, chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies

"Those two classic rivals, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were right to agree that the 'pursuit of happiness' is America's key value. To this end, profit for profit's sake may well be less important to America than profit for philanthropy's sake. Claire Gaudiani authoritatively and perceptively shows us why and how."Henry Luce III

"At a moment when too many rich Americans are using their wealth and power to tilt the playing field ever more in their own direction, this book reminds us that in other eras wealth and power have been used in other ways. One hopes it will prove not just a useful and fascinating history, but a real call to present-day responsibility."Bill McKibben, author of Enough

"[Gaudiani] builds her case carefully, pointing to the tremendous positive impact American philanthropy has had on human, physical, and intellectual capital, from the GI Bill and Sears Roebuck-founder Julius Rosenwald's construction of Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry to the formation of such nonprofits as MADD and Environmental Defense. To continue those kinds of contributions, she contends, demands eight different solutions, including making meaningful partnerships, plans that grow giving, more home ownership for low- and lower-middle-income citizens, community centers, among others. It is, indeed, an intelligent and well-reasoned argument designed to promote the greater good. And, on paper at least, it works."Booklist

Synopsis:

"Masterly on the way philanthropy works."

-The New York Observer

For more than a century, the United States has stood as a beacon of prosperity and democracy, proof that big business and big dreams could flourish side by side. Yet few Americans realize the crucial role that generosity plays in keeping that fragile balance.

A leading voice for community development, scholar and former Connecticut College president Claire Gaudiani examines the crucial role of philanthropy in American prosperity. She traces the entrepreuneurial spirit of altruism, finding that generous gifts have powerfully invested in the most critical ingredients of the American economy: people, property, and ingenuity. Rather than pitting the capitalists against the populists, Gaudiani draws a blueprint for a just future, full of opportunities, based on giving.

The Greater Good is a passionate, pragmatic, and optimistic manifesto for revitalizing the promise of the American economy.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-269) and index.

About the Author

Claire Gaudiani served as president of Connecticut College from 1988 until 2001 and continues to serve as volunteer president of the New London Development Corporation. She is currently a senior research scholar at Yale Law School and lives in Groton and New Haven,

Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805071962
Subtitle:
How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism
Author:
Gaudiani, Claire
Author:
Gaudiani, Claire , Ph.D.
Author:
Claire Gaudiani, Ph.D.
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
Charities
Subject:
Endowments
Subject:
Generosity
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v 15, No. 8(A)
Publication Date:
20040901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.06 in

Other books you might like

  1. Betrayal Trauma : the Logic of... Used Trade Paper $24.00
  2. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The...
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Ever Blooming: The Art of Bonnie Hall Used Hardcover $6.95
  4. Us & Them Understanding Your Tribal Mind Used Hardcover $5.50

Related Subjects

Business » General
Business » Management
Business » Writing
History and Social Science » Economics » General

Greater Good How Philanthropy Drives T Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$2.75 In Stock
Product details 304 pages MACMILLAN PUBLISHING SERVICES - English 9780805071962 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
"Masterly on the way philanthropy works."

-The New York Observer

For more than a century, the United States has stood as a beacon of prosperity and democracy, proof that big business and big dreams could flourish side by side. Yet few Americans realize the crucial role that generosity plays in keeping that fragile balance.

A leading voice for community development, scholar and former Connecticut College president Claire Gaudiani examines the crucial role of philanthropy in American prosperity. She traces the entrepreuneurial spirit of altruism, finding that generous gifts have powerfully invested in the most critical ingredients of the American economy: people, property, and ingenuity. Rather than pitting the capitalists against the populists, Gaudiani draws a blueprint for a just future, full of opportunities, based on giving.

The Greater Good is a passionate, pragmatic, and optimistic manifesto for revitalizing the promise of the American economy.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-269) and index.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.