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The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism

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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.

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"Masterly on the way philanthropy works." The New York Observer

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"Gaudiani makes much of the idea that we need charity because we can't rely on government to fix our problems....Some will agree, some will not, but what can anyone really say against a book that suggests we all give more to charity?" Publishers Weekly

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"[A] simplistic analysis...[that] struggles feebly and unconvincingly to prove that capitalism cannot exist in the absence of philanthropy — a silly argument and one she needn't have made. A paean to generosity would have sufficed." Los Angeles Times

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"[A]n intelligent and well-reasoned argument designed to promote the greater good. And, on paper at least, it works." Booklist

Review:

"This is an eloquent and thoughtfully written work that sheds light on the cultural importance of American philanthropy. Recommended." Library Journal

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"As Gaudiani examines the directions in which philanthropy must advance in the years ahead, she offers some stark alternatives that will demand the attention of our policy makers. Insightful." Edwin J. Feulner, president, The Heritage Foundation

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:

In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

But this book is more than a warning. Gaudiani also uncovers the fascinating history of philanthropy in America, showing how this nation’s distinctive tradition of citizen-to-citizen generosity has been a powerful engine of economic growth, social justice, and upward mobility.

Finally, Gaudiani calls on foundation leaders, legislators, and concerned citizens to take up anew the great challenge set forth by our nation’s Founders in the Declaration of Independence.  She proposes an all-out citizen-led effort to deliver on the Declaration’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, particularly our poorest citizens.  The success of such a ‘Declaration Initiative’ would enable us to justly celebrate the nation’s 250th birthday on July 4th, 2026.

 

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:
9780805076929
Author:
Gaudiani, Claire
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Author:
Gaudiani, Claire , Ph.D.
Author:
Claire Gaudiani, Ph.D.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.5 x 0.735 in

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Product details 304 pages Owl Books (NY) - English 9780805076929 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Masterly on the way philanthropy works."
"Review" by , "Gaudiani makes much of the idea that we need charity because we can't rely on government to fix our problems....Some will agree, some will not, but what can anyone really say against a book that suggests we all give more to charity?"
"Review" by , "[A] simplistic analysis...[that] struggles feebly and unconvincingly to prove that capitalism cannot exist in the absence of philanthropy — a silly argument and one she needn't have made. A paean to generosity would have sufficed."
"Review" by , "[A]n intelligent and well-reasoned argument designed to promote the greater good. And, on paper at least, it works."
"Review" by , "This is an eloquent and thoughtfully written work that sheds light on the cultural importance of American philanthropy. Recommended."
"Review" by , "As Gaudiani examines the directions in which philanthropy must advance in the years ahead, she offers some stark alternatives that will demand the attention of our policy makers. Insightful."
"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 ,

In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

But this book is more than a warning. Gaudiani also uncovers the fascinating history of philanthropy in America, showing how this nation’s distinctive tradition of citizen-to-citizen generosity has been a powerful engine of economic growth, social justice, and upward mobility.

Finally, Gaudiani calls on foundation leaders, legislators, and concerned citizens to take up anew the great challenge set forth by our nation’s Founders in the Declaration of Independence.  She proposes an all-out citizen-led effort to deliver on the Declaration’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, particularly our poorest citizens.  The success of such a ‘Declaration Initiative’ would enable us to justly celebrate the nation’s 250th birthday on July 4th, 2026.

 

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